PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins have obtained Erik Karlsson in a blockbuster business with the San Jose Sharks that still contains the Montreal Canadiens.
Pittsburgh traded a 2024 first-round pick out, ahead Mikael Granlund and defenseman Jan Rutta to San Jose and goaltender Casey DeSmith, defenseman Jeff Petry, a 2025 second-round pick out and probability Nathan Legare to Montreal as a part of the do business in for the three-time Norris Trophy winner.
Karlsson is the primary defenseman to be traded new off profitable the Norris because the NHL’s manage defenseman since Doug Harvey in 1961. The 33-year-old Swede was the primary participant on the place to file 100 issues in a season since Brian Leetch in 1991-92.
“While it is always difficult to trade a player of the caliber of Erik Karlsson, this trade accomplishes several goals for our franchise,” Sharks normal supervisor Mike Grier stated. “It provides two forwards to our roster who’ve confirmed skill to assemble offensively on the NHL degree and solidifies our NHL protection corps. Moreover, obtaining every other first-round pick out offers us the chance to proceed fortifying our building gadget with high-end potentialities and offers us some monetary flexibility so as to add gamers as we see are compatible going forward.”
The sophisticated business concerned the Canadiens to manufacture the salaries paintings. Karlsson has 4 years left on his commitment at a cap crash of $11.5 million – $1.5 million of which San Jose will reserve throughout the finish of the do business in in 2027.
As a part of the business, the Penguins additionally won ahead Rem Pitlick, probability Dillon Hamaliuk and San Jose’s 2026 third-round pick out. The Sharks additionally were given Mike Hoffman from the Canadiens.