Friedman Reveals Sharks' Demands for Karlsson from the Edmonton Oilers

Published August 7, 2023 at 6:51 PM

At the last trade deadline, rumors involving Erik Karlsson were everywhere. Now that he's traded, some new informations are starting to surface.

Elliotte Friedman made an interesting declaration, stating Karlsson almost ended up in Edmonton.

Karlsson to Oilers?

The San Jose Sharks reportedly asked for several first-round picks from the Oilers, and that was a tall order.

"Elliotte Friedman believes the San Jose Sharks originally asked the Edmonton Oilers for 'multiple first round picks' when they were interested in Erik Karlsson last season.

Obviously, the Oilers didn't want to accommodate and decided to acquire Mattias Ekholm instead, and in the end, the Sharks had to settle for a bit less than their original asking price." - The Mug NHL

Did the Oilers Make the Right Call?

Instead of going big on Karlsson, the Oilers chose Mattias Ekholm. He quickly proved his worth, racking up 32 points and boasting a plus 28 last season.


It looks like the Oilers made a smart move. Karlsson's price was too high for other teams too, and the Sharks ended up trading him for less. They took several players and one first-round pick in a deal with Pittsburgh and Montreal.

Now, Karlsson has to prove himself with the Penguins. But for the Oilers, it appears they made the right choice. They found value without breaking the bank, and it seems to have set them up well for the future. Only time will tell, but the decision not to chase Karlsson looks wise for now.

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Friedman Reveals Sharks' Demands for Karlsson from the Edmonton Oilers

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