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Sharks Trade Karlsson to a Stanley Cup Contender in This Insider's Mock Trade


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Tyler Ball
July 29, 2023  (3:45 PM)
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Sharks Continue To Rebuild

The San Jose Sharks were one of the worst teams in the NHL last season. As a result, they had the fourth overall pick and selected Will Smith. Smith is a good future piece but will be spending next season in the NCAA. This leads to the San Jose Sharks looking as though they will be one of the bottom teams in the NHL again.
Naturally, trade rumors about star defenseman Erik Karlsson have been flying everywhere. The two teams most often linked with Karlsson are the Carolina Hurricanes and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Both teams have been in talks with San Jose for months. In comes insider Sheng Peng who lays out a scenario for the Penguins to get their guy.

Welcome to Pittsburgh Erik

With Pittsburgh being up against the salary cap a third team swoops in to help facilitate the trade in the Chicago Blackhawks. According to Peng, the hypothetical trade details are as follows.
Penguins receive: Erik Karlsson with San Jose Retaining $4.5 million (39%).

San Jose receive: Ty Smith, Sam Poulin, and the Penguins' 2025 second-round pick (which would convert to a first if the Penguins win the Cup in 2024 or 2025).

Chicago receive: Jeff Petry and the Penguins 2024 first-round pick.


Penguins Window Extends

If the Penguins are able to pull off this trade they would get a definite upgrade from Petry to Karlsson without losing any current roster pieces. This allows the core of Crosby, Malkin, and Letang to get another shot at lifting the Stanley Cup. However, this trade comes at the cost of two of Pittsburgh's better prospects and several future assets. While this could be a great trade for the contending Penguins the value they give up may be more damaging than good.
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Sharks Trade Karlsson to a Stanley Cup Contender in This Insider's Mock Trade

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