San Jose Sharks Rumors: Erik Karlsson Approves Oilers Trade

The San Jose Sharks know where defenseman Erik Karlsson stands, now it's up to general manager Mike Grier to negotiate a deal. According to hockey insider Chris Johnston, Karlsson is open to waiving his no-movement clause to join Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and ex-teammate Evander Kane with the Edmonton Oilers. 

Karlsson's contract pays his $11.5 million per season through 2026-27, so any deal between the two clubs will be complex. Oilers general manager Ken Holland is in position to strike as the team is sitting comfortably in a wild card spot in the Western Conference but interest in the Norris favorite is influenced by how much the Sharks will retain of Karlsson's remaining salary.

With 76 points in 58 games, it would be fun to watch the smooth skating Karlsson and McDavid on the same team, along with Draisaitl of course, and the rest of the Oilers. Edmonton would instantly become more dangerous and if they can add another defenseman and find some goaltending consistency, they could make a serious push.

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