Sharks GM Grier on Karlsson: ‘I’m anticipating he’s here for the rest of the season’

Sharks GM Grier on Karlsson: ‘I’m anticipating he’s here for the rest of the season’

The Erik Karlsson saga took one other twist on Sunday evening.

San Jose Sharks common supervisor Mike Grier instructed San Jose Hockey Now‘s Sheng Peng that as of Sunday, he didn’t suppose Karlsson could be moved earlier than the finish of the season.

“Presently, I’m anticipating he’s here for the rest of the season,” Grier mentioned.

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Nevertheless, Grier didn’t fully rule out a deal, saying that if a staff was actually determined so as to add the 32-year-old blue liner, a commerce might probably be made as “the place there’s a will, there’s a manner.”

Karlsson has seen his identify in the commerce hearsay mill over the previous few weeks, together with some speculating a few transfer to the Edmonton Oilers who wish to improve their again finish.

Karlsson, 32, is having an incredible bounce-back season, main the Sharks in scoring with 18 targets and 58 assists for 76 factors in 58 video games. At his present tempo, Karlsson would turn out to be simply the third defenceman to register 105 factors in a season, the different two being Bobby Orr (who did it 5 instances) and Paul Coffey (who did it 4 instances).

The earlier profession excessive by the Swede was 2015-16, when he had 82 factors whereas a member of the Ottawa Senators, who drafted him fifteenth total in 2008. In 896 profession video games with the Senators and Sharks, Karlsson has 171 targets and 565 assists for 736 factors.

Karlsson struggled with accidents after being traded to the Sharks by the Senators on Sept. 13, 2018, lacking 79 video games in his first 4 seasons with San Jose. In truth, he has already performed extra video games this season than he had in any of his earlier years with the Sharks. However the departure of veteran defenceman Brent Burns to Carolina and a return to well being have seemingly opened the door for Karlsson to have the finest season statistically of his profession.

A two-time Norris Trophy winner, Karlsson has a $11.5-million cap hit for 4 extra seasons, which suggests he’ll be 37 when his contract expires.

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