The San Jose Sharks made a huge splash today as they make a blockbuster trade for all-star defenseman Erik Karlsson. While the Sharks also got prospect Francis Perron, in return, the Senators receive forward Chris Tierney, defenseman Dylan DeMelo, prospects Josh Norris and Rudolfs Balcers, a 2020 first-round pick, a 2019 second-round pick, and two conditional picks.
However, according to NHL insider Darren Dreger of TSN, the Sharks aren't done yet. It has been closely reported that San Jose was more than disappointed when it lost out of the sweepstakes for most coveted free agent forward John Tavares, who ended up signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Dreger now believes the Sharks, who have now landed a huge boost on their back end with Karlsson, are going after a top centre to bolster their offense. While shopping for a top-six centre in the National Hockey League during the season, the Sharks plan on feeding off the Karlsson trade and making another move up front.
"Anything above a Top-3 center in the league is next to impossible to acquire in-season. But I can tell you that the Sharks were devastated when John Tavares decided that he was going to the Toronto Maple Leafs," explained Dreger.
"I just don't think Doug Wilson is done yet. I don't think he's done yet. I think that he's going to try to add a centerman. To what ilk, we're going to have to find out."
The Sharks however, face important obstacles in their quest for a top centre. Besides the fact that the market is scarce for quality centre men, it might be hard to make room for one with less than $2 million available on the cap space. The issue might get even harder when comes the time to sign Karlsson to a contract extension in the coming year. He has just one year remaining on his contract and is scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency on July 1.
Karlsson hopes to focus on the future with the Sharks, however, he will explore an extension after the fact. The priority was he and his wife, an Ottawa local, get acclimated to new city and if they see a long-term home, they'll sign.
In the meantime, the Sharks might bring in another powerhouse and could convince Karlsson he has no other choice to stay.