– Kevin Paul Dupont (@GlobeKPD) July 29, 2023
And when we think of a potential transaction, we immediately think of Erik Karlsson. The defenseman, coming off a 101-point season last year, wants out, and if the Sharks can find a partner willing to take him on at his imposing salary, he’ll leave.
Among the teams that keep coming back are the Carolina Hurricanes. They’re known to be aggressive, but one way or another, they’ll have to free up money to do it.
And that’s precisely why Kevin Paul Dupont raises the possibility of Jesperi Kotkaniemi being traded to San Jose in today’s column.
If the Hurricanes are serious about acquiring Karlsson, it’s not such a crazy idea: trading Kotkaniemi would free up $4.82 million on their payroll (and that’s for the next seven years) and the fact that he’s a young center is enough to interest the Sharks, who want to get something more than just future considerations in return for Karlsson.
They won’t just give him to a club: they’ve made that clear.
If KK goes the San Jose route, he shouldn’t be the only one to do so. We can expect Brett Pesce or Brady Skjei to follow him if either guy agrees to go play with the Sharks. Pesce can submit a list of 15 teams he wants to play for, while Skjei can submit a list of 10 teams he doesn’t want to play for.
In an ideal world, the Hurricanes would trade Pesce since he’s right-handed and there would be quite a bit of congestion on the right if Karlsson joined Brent Burns, Tony DeAngelo, Dylan Coghlan and Jalen Chatfield. On the other hand, they may have no choice but to trade left-handed Skjei if Pesce doesn’t want anything to do with San Jose.
It’s worth remembering, however, that despite everything, I’m still having trouble imagining a scenario in which the Hurricanes get their hands on Karlsson. There are already a lot of right-handers in town, and I don’t know how willing the club is to trade Kotkaniemi for another right-handed defenseman.
Aside from the known destinations, a return to Ottawa may also be in the cards for the defenseman → https://t.co/jpn5aN73av
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) July 24, 2023
So we’ll be keeping an eye on everything over the next few weeks, but if the Hurricanes are determined to get their hands on Karlsson, we’ll have to keep a very close eye on Kotkaniemi’s name as a potential return. I still doubt it, but the possibility of getting a 101-point defenseman may motivate an aspiring club to go for it.
– Jacob Fowler is in action today at Team USA’s summer camp for the WJC.
Checking in from the first day of games at the World Junior Summer Showcase at USA Hockey Arena. Lines for USA Blue vs. Sweden today features Sharks prospects Quentin Musty and Will Smith on a line, and top 2025 NHL Draft prospect James Hagens getting some quality 1C time. pic.twitter.com/TEd0NP5oDP
– Adam Kimelman (@NHLAdamK) July 29, 2023
– What do you think?
Tage Thompson, Jason Robertson and Jack Hughes all hit a career high in goals last season.
Will this be the year they all hit 50? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/49t3nAsYC5
– Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) July 29, 2023
– The question arises.
Will Zegras be better or worse under Cronin?
– The Raw Knuckles Podcast (@RawKnucklesPod) July 29, 2023
– And once again, it’s not for the right reasons.
Replacing the stadium roof is getting complicated again, and costs are expected to skyrocket. https://t.co/SvmebJ4LZg
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) July 29, 2023
– The more things change, the more they stay the same.