Karlsson appears to believe that trading Meier signifies a commitment to a lengthy rebuilding process for the Sharks.
The San Jose Sharks have not yet asked Erik Karlsson if he would be willing to waive his no-movement clause, and they do not anticipate doing so before the upcoming trade deadline on Friday. Karlsson has suggested that it would be strange for the Sharks’ general manager, Mike Grier, to bring up the topic now since he has had all season to do so. Despite recent trade rumors involving the Edmonton Oilers and the Ottawa Senators, it seems unlikely that a trade will take place before the deadline. If a deal does happen, it is expected to occur closer to the NHL Draft, and the Senators are currently considered the frontrunners. The Sharks’ ability to retain some of Karlsson’s salary will likely impact the return they receive in any trade. Karlsson is under contract until the end of the 2026-27 season and is a top contender for the Norris Trophy this year, with 77 points in 60 games.
It remains to be seen whether Karlsson will choose to reunite with the Ottawa Senators during the upcoming offseason. When you have a standout player who can potentially help a team win a Stanley Cup, there are always teams that will express interest. However, with only five days left until the trade deadline, it may be challenging to arrange a trade. Nevertheless, if a team is determined enough to acquire the player, they may find a way to make it happen. The speaker believes that the player will remain with their current team for the rest of the season but acknowledges that anything could change suddenly.
The trade between the San Jose Sharks and the New Jersey Devils is likely to be well-received by fans of the latter, but not everyone in San Jose is happy. In particular, Sharks’ star defenseman Erik Karlsson is worried about the implications of Meier’s departure for the team’s future.
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Karlsson appears to believe that trading Meier signifies a commitment to a lengthy rebuilding process for the Sharks. Given that he is 32 years old and a two-time Norris Trophy winner, he is unlikely to want to remain with the team through such a project.
Karlsson expressed his doubts about the trade, stating that it suggests the Sharks will not experience a quick turnaround. He added that it is unfortunate that this is occurring at a point in his career when he is playing at his best for San Jose since his arrival from the Ottawa Senators in 2017 (with 19 goals and 77 points in 60 games). However, due to his high salary, it is improbable that he will be traded from the Sharks like Meier during this season.
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