Pierre LeBrun Reveals an elite defensemen's trade value - should the Oilers consider it?

Published December 11, 2022 at 2:02

Although we are currently in December, teams are already looking at the NHL trade deadline is hopes to improve their teams for the playoffs, or for the sellers to improve their team for next season.

One player that's came up in trade talks once again is San Jose Sharks defenceman Erik Karlsson, where reports have surfaced that he is up on the trade block, and Karlsson himself recently stated in a intermission interview that his dream as a kid was to win and succeed in the NHL, he also mentioned that is his goal for this season, whether it is with the Sharks or not.

The Swedish defenseman has rejuvenated his career this season scoring 12 goals, and 25 assists in 30 games. The 32 year-old was at one time believed to be the best defenceman in the NHL especially during his 9 seasons in Ottawa. Fingers have been pointed directly at the Edmonton Oilers when trade talks surfaced regarding Karlsson, as the Oilers would truly benefit from an elite-defensemen of his kind on their blue line.

Although Karlsson isn't that superstar anymore, he could be a very effective pick up for teams that could afford him. According to hockey insider Pierre LeBrun, he doesn't believe the Sharks will get much return mainly due to Karlsson's contract. Karlsson has 4 years remaining on his current contract that pays him $11.5 million dollars annually, and the Sharks will be lucky to move him, but if a serious buyer can land Karlsson and make cap room, it'll be a roster-changing positive uprise.

December 11   |   137 answers
Pierre LeBrun Reveals an elite defensemen's trade value - should the Oilers consider it?

Should the Oilers consider throwing an offer in to the Sharks for Karlsson?

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