Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the Erik Karlsson sweepstakes came to an end on Thursday after the Ottawa Senators completed a blockbuster trade for the all-star blue liner.
The San Jose Sharks indeed traded for Karlsson , along with 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.
You knew that. However, it has been revealed on Friday that Karlsson turned down a trade to a Canadian team in the process. When the Vancouver Canucks were rumoured to be interested in landing the Sens captain, Karlsson had to explained his view on playing for a Canadian team.
After some reporters mentioned that he was not looking to sign with a Canadian club, Karlsson reached out to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman to clarify that it is not accurate that he is unwilling to sign long-term with a Canadian team.
However, it was accurate when it came to the Edmonton Oilers… The Athletic’s Daniel Nugent-Bowman has now reported how Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli reacted to the Karlsson traded to San Jose and revealed that there was no way he could have landed him.
“I won’t lie. When he came to our division, there was an expletive coming out of my mouth. He’d be nice to have here, but we weren’t on his list. It was a non-starter.”
It would have been quite the procedure to take on Karlsson and his eventual monster deal, as Cap Friendly indicates that the Oilers have around $3.9 million in projected salary-cap space for 2018-19 with restricted free agent defenseman Darnell Nurse to re-sign. While Edmonton will have some cap flexibility when sidelined blueliner Andrej Sekera gets placed on long-term injured reserve at the start of the season, it would have just been ridiculous for them to get in line for Karlsson.
With over $62 million invested in 13 players for 2019-20, the Oilers would have had the cap room to pay Karlsson over $11 million annually but it wouldn’t have leaf enough space to do any changes or addition to the rest of the roster.
Karlsson had spent his entire career with the Senators since being drafted in the first round by the organization in 2008, 15th overall. The Sharks offer him a new start, after a very difficult year for Karlsson and his wife Melinda. And we guess a start in America might be what the doctor ordered…
Now… let’s wait and see if he signs long-term in San Jose or if he decides to move back to Canada.