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Letang and Crosby Openly Support the Idea of Acquiring Karlsson


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Elliot Ben Jacob
July 20, 2023  (3:49 PM)
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Erik Karlsson's Possible Transfer to Pittsburgh

Erik Karlsson, the seasoned defenseman, has openly expressed his interest in a potential transfer to Pittsburgh. Among his preferred teams, Pittsburgh and Carolina are believed to be at the forefront.

Encouragement from Pittsburgh Superstars

According to Rob Rossi of The Athletic, Pittsburgh Penguins' stalwarts Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang are enthusiastic about the potential acquisition of Karlsson.
""Captain Sidney Crosby and top defenseman Kris Letang have endorsed acquiring Karlsson. Letang would remain the Penguins' No. 1 defenseman and work on the top pairing. He is willing to change his role on the top power-play unit so Karlsson could quarterback it."
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However, Letang's reluctance to give up his spot on the top pairing is intriguing, considering Karlsson's remarkable performance last season that led to him winning the Norris Trophy - a testament to his prowess as an NHL defenseman.
Letang's concern about losing his ice time is valid, but if acquiring Karlsson enhances their chances at a Stanley Cup victory, a reconsideration might be warranted.
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Proposed Trade Deal

Navigating through this potential trade could be challenging, which could explain the delay. Nonetheless, we've attempted to construct a hypothetical trade scenario.
Pittsburgh Receives: Erik Karlsson (43% Retained), 2024 5th Round Pick

San Jose Receives: Jeff Petry, Casey DeSmith, Samuel Poulin, P.O Joseph, Emil Jarventie, 2024 1st Round Pick, 2026 2nd Round Pick

This proposed trade is undoubtedly a significant commitment for Pittsburgh, considering the assets they would have to relinquish. However, they would receive Erik Karlsson, with an annual cap hit of only $6,519,758 for the remaining tenure of his contract.

Even though San Jose might be hesitant about retaining a considerable portion of Karlsson's contract, they would receive multiple draft picks, two young NHL players, a promising prospect, a proven NHL defenseman, and a highly competent backup goalie in return.
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