Friedman Drops a Major Update on When to Expect Erik Karlsson to be Traded

Published August 4, 2023 at 2:04 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have been known to be very interested in acquiring the Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson. The rumours have been flying around for weeks now. It looks like a window for that trade could be opening as soon as this weekend as their second buyout window opens.

Why this weekend?

The very well respected NHL insider Elliotte Friedman has reported on the NHL Network that he's had his sources tell him the Penguins are making an attempt at a trade this weekend with the San Jose Sharks.

"I am very curious to see by the time that buyout window closes" - Elliotte Friedman

Pittsburgh new GM Kyle Dubas is known to dislike using buyouts, but it's going to be hard to pass up an opportunity like this one. If he were to buyout Mikael Granlund's disappointing $5,000,000 contract, that could open up just enough space for him to finally close this deal and make this huge addition to his team.

Will it work?


Erik Karlsson is under contract for another four seasons at a massive $11,500,000 cap hit. That makes it obviously difficult for the Penguins in their attempt to make it fit within their current cap situation. Although, with the Jake Guentzel news earlier today there may be an opportunity to free up his cap hit on the LTIR.

It's clear that the next 72 hours are going to be very interesting for Penguins' fans.

As Read On The Hockey News - "Pittsburgh Penguins to Close in on Erik Karlsson This Weekend"
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Friedman Drops a Major Update on When to Expect Erik Karlsson to be Traded

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