Erik Karlsson has not played consistently due to a groin injury since January, after coming back for a few games in February, Karlsson re-injured his groin and has been out since.
In the past week, Head Coach Peter DeBoer has announced that the offensive Defenseman will now be skating just every other day, as part of his rehab schedule, which DeBoer insists is on schedule.
San Jose has been on a few week skid as of late, losing seven in a row to be exact, to teams such as the Blackhawks, Ducks, Kings, Red Wings, and the Panthers.
Karlsson is in his last season of his current contract and will become a free agent at the end of the season.
Although he has performed well for the amount of games he has played, recording 45 points in 52 games played, the Sharks do have significant contracts already in place with Kane and Vlasic’s $7 million annual salary, Burns’ $8 million annual salary, along with Couture’s salary shifting from $6 million annually to $8 million annually after this season is over.
All of these contracts mentioned go into the 2024-25 season.
Add in Goaltender Martin Jones’ contract of $5.75 million annually until 2023-24 season, and Hertl’s $5.625 million annually until the 2021-22 season.
On top of that, Pavelski’s contract is up at the end of this season who’s salary cap hit was $6 million this season.
Needless to say, the San Jose Sharks are capped right now and will be looking to free up significant cap space moving forward.
Although any team in the NHL would like to add the two time Norris Trophy winner to their roster, the New York Rangers come to mind when thinking of who could really grow from an addition of the Swedish Defenseman.
The Rangers have been in rebuild mode the past few seasons, with their biggest weakness right now being their Defense.
Along with having the cap space to take the hit a Karlsson contract may give, Goalie Henrik Lundqvist, also a Swedish native, is in the back end of his career, and has played with Karlsson and has great chemistry with the Defenseman.
There is still a lot of hockey left to be played in this season before anything becomes a solid possibility, however when looking at where the Sharks are in cap space moving forward, Karlsson becoming a free agent after this season, and the New York Rangers having the cap space and need for Karlsson, who knows what could happen this off-season.
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