Latest Trade Proposal Sends Erik Karlsson To The Toronto Maple Leafs
BY JULIEN TREKKER JUNE 26, 2023 (1:09 PM)
Karlsson in Toronto?
Could the Toronto Maple Leafs be considering a big trade to get Erik Karlsson? Rumors are swirling as we approach the NHL Draft and Free Agency. Shane Seney from 'The Leafs Nation' has proposed an interesting trade between the Maple Leafs and the San Jose Sharks involving Karlsson.
Here's the scenario:
In this trade proposal, Toronto would receive Erik Karlsson, but the Sharks would get Timothy Liljegren, Matt Murray, Topi Niemela, and Roni Hirvonen in return.
Pros and Cons
The Sharks have been open to offers for Karlsson, especially after his outstanding season with 101 points. He's a strong contender for the Norris Trophy and has a good chance of winning it for the third time.
The Maple Leafs, however, face some challenges with their salary cap and need to secure their star players before they become free agents in the next two seasons.
The Sharks currently have the 4th pick in the NHL Draft and are looking to shake up their roster. They may be interested in acquiring a promising prospect like Macklin Celebrini in the 2024 draft and are willing to be patient with the players they receive in this trade. The success of the trade for the Sharks will depend on whether the players they get in return prove to be valuable assets. Liljegren is expected to perform even better with more playing time in San Jose. Murray could help stabilize their goaltending situation, and Niemela and Hirvonen show potential as future NHL players.
On the other hand, the Maple Leafs are already dealing with the challenge of re-signing their top four forwards. Adding Karlsson to their roster, even with the retained salary, would increase their financial burden until 2027, when he turns 37.
Both teams have pros and cons to consider in this potential trade. Ultimately, the decision will come down to determining the best value and evaluating Karlsson's future performance. After his impressive season, it's clear that he still has a lot to offer as a talented defenseman.
As seen on House of Hockey - Leafs Writer Offers Up A Major Trade Proposal Involving Karlsson