The field hockey world was abuzz yesterday after the huge transaction involving
Rem Pitlick Erik Karlsson. When you’re carrying around an $11.5 million contract, it’s not easy to find a new team.
The snag is that, despite a portion of his salary being assumed by the San Jose Sharks, Karlsson still has a hefty $10 million on his new team’s payroll.
“Kyle Dubas surely studied the good, bad and ugly of Erik Karlsson joining the Penguins. He clearly was comfortable enough with all the possible pratfalls of doing the deal before making it.”
– Rob Rossi (@Real_RobRossi) August 7, 2023
Let’s imagine for a second that the Erik Karlsson who arrives in the Steel City isn’t the one who scored 101 points last season. Let’s imagine it’s the one from the 2021-2022 season with 35 points. Or the 2020-201 season with 22 points. In his five seasons in California, he’s only lived up to his salary once.
Erik Karlsson will be paid more than Sidney Crosby, Evgeny Malkin and Kristopher Letang. If that doesn’t work out, it’s going to be a long time with his four-year contract.
I guess he didn’t have much choice, in a way. As Michel Laprise of RDS points out, the Penguins only have 4 forwards under the age of 30.
The Penguins are experimenting with experience.https://t.co/D2MGbs5Hvv
– Michel Laprise (@MLapriseRDS) August 7, 2023
We’re talking about Jake Guentzel at 28, Rem Pitlick at 26 and Drew O’Connord and Alexander Nylander at 25. In other words, Kyle Dubas is on a mission to win now. He doesn’t need Karlsson to perform for four years, he just needs things to click for a season or two.
But even that he can’t guarantee.
I wouldn’t like to be in his shoes the day the network arrives. I really wouldn’t want to explain to the owners that I bet $40 million on a guy who averaged 35 points per season between the 2018-2019 and 2021-2022 seasons.
Meanwhile, Kent Hughes wonders how he’ll ever get anything in return for Jeff Petry… for a third time.
– Lane Hutson continues to perform well.
Steven Ellis on Lane Hutson at the World Junior Summer Showcase last week.
– /r/Habs (@HabsOnReddit) August 7, 2023
– The highest paid player in the KHL, that’s him.
– SwissHabs (@SwissHabs) August 7, 2023
– It’s all coming together.
Tottenham reject Bayern’s aggressive offer for Harry Kanehttps://t.co/c2T251mNG8
– RDS (@RDSca) August 7, 2023