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This western conference defender will be likely impossible to move, here's why


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Andrew Loftus
January 7, 2023  (7:42)
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It is good to see Erik Karlsson rebound and playing well for the Sharks this season. He already has more points this season than he did in any of the last four seasons. He looks like the Erik Karlsson of old who consistently setup and scored goals in highlight real fashion.

It had been rumored that perhaps the Sharks would move on from Karlsson and free up some salary as well as get some future assets for him.
Daily Faceoff's Frank Seravalli states that moving Karlsson at this point is highly unlikely. The reason for that is the monster contract Karlsson signed with San Jose that pays him a whopping eleven-point-five-million per season. He still has three more years under contract as well.
Even with Karlsson's elevated play, most teams will have difficulty taking on that kind of contract in the salary cap era. San Jose would have to retain a significant amount of salary if they were to move on from him. On top of all of that, Karlsson has a no movement clause so he has the final say where he wants to relocate. All these factors will make it very hard for the Sharks to move the resurgent star defender.
If San Jose could have a redo on the whole Erik Karlsson situation they would certainly pass on him. Despite this seasons success, Karlsson has not lived up to expectation or played well overall in San Jose. They also gave up a ton just to acquire Karlsson. This is a move they surely regret. Look for Karlsson to finish out the remaining years of his contract in San Jose.
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This western conference defender will be likely impossible to move, here's why

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