Hockey Now’s Dan Kingerski writes that the Pittsburgh Penguins are calling the San Jose Sharks’ bluff when it comes to the Erik Karlsson trade.
Neither the Penguin, nor the Hurricanes, are desperate enough to overpay for Karlsson. The Penguins and Hurricanes, Kingerski writes, want Karlsson, but their situation isn’t hopeless without him.
San Jose Hockey Now’s Sheng Peng reported no deal is close.
“If San Jose GM Mike Grier isn’t bluffing as he attempts to drive up the price for Karlsson, he will buckle just the same because the Sharks do not have a strong position,” Kingerski writes. “Grier is trying to rebuild his club after the big bet on Karlsson and Brent Burns by former GM Doug Wilson went bust, and he is using his Karlsson chip. Unfortunately for the teal and white, there was not an overaggressive GM willing to splurge to get it done.”
The Sharks do have the option of simply keeping him and trading him next summer. But his highest trade value is now, coming off a 101-point Norris Trophy season.
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