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Elliott Friedman reveals the Sharks Asking Price for Karlsson with the Oilers

Published August 7, 2023 at 6:33 PM
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The San Jose Sharks and Erik Karlsson have been a hot topic in the trade rumors for quite some time, until it finally materialized on Sunday.

The Wait is Over



The Sharks weren't about to jump at the first offer. No, they waited patiently, hunting for the deal that felt just right. Some say they waited too long and didn't get enough in return for one of the NHL's star defenders, but inside the Sharks' camp, it's all smiles and handshakes.

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And it's not like they didn't have offers before. In fact, it was recently reported that Karlsson was nearly sent packing at the trade deadline. But it fell through.

The One That Got Away



The Edmonton Oilers had their eyes on Karlsson last season, and they were all in, ready to part with some real assets. But the Sharks were playing hardball.

"Elliotte Friedman believes the San Jose Sharks originally asked the Edmonton Oilers for 'multiple first round picks' when they were interested in Erik Karlsson last season.

Obviously, the Oilers didn't want to accommodate and decided to acquire Mattias Ekholm instead, and in the end, the Sharks had to settle for a bit less than their original asking price." - The Mug NHL

Yep, the Sharks were hungry, and they weren't settling for scraps. Was it too much to ask? Perhaps, as the Oilers moved on and snagged Mattias Ekholm instead.


Multiple first round picks may not seem a lot for Karlsson, but it was certainly enough to send the Oilers looking elsewhere.

Do you think the Sharks could've gotten more for Karlsson?

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