Sharks Erik Karlsson Moving on From Trade Talk

The San Jose Sharks have yet to ask Erik Karlsson if he will waive his no-movement clause and don't expect that to change ahead of Friday's trade deadline. As Karlsson put it, it would be weird for general manager Mike Grier to ask now considering he's had all season to bring it up.

The trade rumors to the Edmonton Oilers can be put to rest, along with the Ottawa Senators. For now at least, as if a deal does come to fruition, expect it to take place closer to the NHL Draft. The Senators seem like the favorite at this point and a lot of the return is going to be determined by how much salary the Sharks retain. Karlsson is due $11.5 million annually until the conclusion of the 2026-27 season.

The Sharks blueliner is in the Norris conversation and is perhaps the favorite. 77 points in 60 games as Karlsson turns back the clock. We'll have to wait and see if he turns it back once again this upcoming offseason and ends up reuniting with the Senators.

Sharks GM had this to say:

There's teams that still always want to check in when you've got a great player like that who can make a difference and maybe win you a Stanley Cup. I think there's always a little bit of interest, but at the same time, I think, with five days to go until the deadline to make everything work, it might be something that's difficult to pull off. But at the end of the day, if someone wants him bad enough, as they say, 'Where there's a will, there's a way.' ... At this time, I'm anticipating him being here for the rest of the season. ... Anything can change at the drop of a hat, right?

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