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The Daily: Karlsson Talks To Teams, including Leafs; Trade Chatter

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These days the best source of information about potential trades often come from the players themselves. San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson confirmed that he has talked to four NHL teams about playing for them.

The four teams are the Pittsburgh Penguins, Carolina Hurricanes, Seattle Kraken and Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Penguins and Hurricanes were considered frontrunners for Karlsson, prior to this report.

Earlier this week, the Athletic’s Rob Rossi reported that Kris Letang and Sidney Crosby have endorsed bringing in Karlsson as part of an “all-in” effort for the franchise.

The biggest issue in the Sharks’ attempts to move recent Norris Trophy winner Karlsson is that they are unwilling to retain half of his $11.5 million. They will only retain a portion.

Red Wings Offseason

Red Line Report, an independent scouting newsletter that has been around three decades, ranked Detroit’s 2023 draft eighth out of 32 teams.  RLR said Detroit was the only team to land two of of the top 15 players in the draft crop (Nate Danielson and Axel Sandin Pellikka). Red Line’s head scout Kyle Woodlief considered Sandin Pellikka the best offensive defenseman in the draft.  Woodlief did criticize Detroit’s second-round picks because the thought the Red Wings took them at least a round too high.

Red Wings In Case You Missed It

  • Former Red Wings player Gemel Smith had to go to Russia to find a job. He signed with Dynamo Minsk of the Kontinental Hockey League. His brother Givani signed with San Jose.
  • Tim Robinson talked to Red Wings prospect Tnias Mathurin who lost last season to injury. He’s healthy and fired up for 2023-24.
  • Bob Duff writes that the late Petr Klima’s son, Kevin Klima, is allegedly involved in a doping scandal in the Czech league.
  • Subscription only: What specific numbers do the Red Wings need to hit to be a true playoff contender?

Hockey Now Network

Boston: Jimmy Murphy writes about how the Bruins seem to be going with size over speed. Boston Bruins. 

Buffalo: Mike Augello writes about how Ralph Krueger almost ruined the Sabres. Buffalo Sabres.

Chicago: How quickly will Connor Bedard become a star? Nate Brown has an interesting take on that theme. Chicago Blackhawks.

Florida: Aleksei Heponiemi is leaving the Panthers to play in Switzerland. Florida Panthers. 

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New York: Islanders forward Bo Horvat talked about his transition to being a member of the New York Islanders. He says he likes the pressure. New York Islanders.

Philadelphia: Veteran columnist Sam Carchidi writes that the Flyers will be a poor team, but they are certainly going to be an interesting team to watch.  Philadelphia Flyers. 

Pittsburgh: As the Penguins ponder their trade options, goalie Casey DeSmith may be the odd man out. Pittsburgh Penguins. 

Washington: Jared Serre weighs in on who the Washington Capitals should target to improve their top six. How about Toronto’s William Nylander? Washington Capitals.