NHL Rumors: Surprising Team Linked To Sharks' Erik Karlsson

In a surprising turn of events, the Seattle Kraken have emerged as a potential landing spot for defenseman Erik Karlsson, according to recent reports.

Despite being an expansion team, the Kraken possess over $20 million in cap space, giving them the financial flexibility to accommodate Karlsson's contract.

This unexpected interest signifies a potential change in strategy for General Manager Ron Francis, who has favored free agency over blockbuster trades.

While Karlsson's trade remains a challenging endeavor due to limited cap space across the league, the Seattle Kraken's sudden emergence as a contender has raised eyebrows and fueled speculation about their ambitious plans for their inaugural season.

With a promising roster of prospects and the ability to offer trade assets, the Kraken could present an intriguing destination for the star defenseman.

However, navigating the complexities of the salary cap and finding a suitable trade agreement may prove to be a significant hurdle for any interested team, including the Kraken.

The 31-year-old is, of course, coming off the best season of his 14-year career, racking up 25 goals and 76 assists for a total of 101 points over 82 games played with the San Jose Sharks. Photo Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports