Sharks will listen to trade offers for Karlsson, GM says

TORONTO — The San Jose Sharks will listen if groups inquire about Erik Karlsson earlier than the NHL Trade Deadline on March 3, mentioned normal supervisor Mike Grier, who will focus on any potential cope with the defenseman.

Karlsson has a no-trade clause within the eight-year contract he signed with the Sharks on June 17, 2019.

“I’ll listen, however on the finish of the day too, so much will rely on Erik too,” Grier mentioned after the NHL GM assembly Tuesday. “He’s acquired the trade safety and [has control over] what he needs to do. I do know proper now he is completely happy. He’s completely happy in San Jose. His household’s completely happy there. And we’re thrilled with how he is taking part in.”

Karlsson leads NHL defensemen in targets (10) and factors (24), and is tied for fourth amongst NHL skaters in factors with Colorado Avalanche heart Nathan MacKinnon (4 targets, 20 assists).

The 32-year-old received the Norris Trophy twice, voted the NHL’s greatest defenseman with the Ottawa Senators in 2011-12 and 2014-15.

Video: ANA@SJS: Karlsson nets his 1st profession hat trick

The Sharks (6-9-3) have missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs the previous three seasons and are sixth within the Pacific Division. They received their third straight recreation Tuesday, 5-2 on the Vegas Golden Knights.

“He’s a dynamic participant,” Grier mentioned. “To me, he is most likely one of many three greatest offensive defensemen within the League, and he is been nice for us. He’s achieved every part we have requested so far as preparation, working towards, taking part in. He’s been nice.

“So possibly there is a state of affairs the place a crew comes asking for him [in a trade], as a result of I do assume he is a difference-maker. He’s somebody who can go on the market and win you a recreation — or win you a collection, for that matter — so possibly one thing will come up down the highway. We’ll see.”

Asked for the explanations behind Karlsson’s robust begin, Grier mentioned well being and an excellent mind-set. Grier mentioned he and Karlsson have had good conversations since his hiring on July 5, and coach David Quinn traveled to Ottawa to go to with Karlsson after his hiring on July 26.

“I feel it is simply been an open line of communication,” Grier mentioned. “If he wants a time without work or [has] issues hockey-wise he needs to focus on, I feel we have had open doorways with him, and I feel he simply feels good about the place he is at personally in his life together with his household and the place he is at with our relationship, the place it is sort of a fairly open backwards and forwards, give and take.”

That will prolong to any potential trade.

“I try to keep in contact with him all through the week, whether or not it is simply having a cup of espresso or issues like that on the apply facility or on the highway,” Grier mentioned. “[I] simply strive to be certain I’m in contact with him and seeing how he is doing, him and a few of our different veterans and issues like that.

“Depending on how our season goes, I’ll strive to be open and trustworthy with these guys and preserve them within the loop, and [I] additionally need their opinion on how they’re feeling and what they need to do so far as subsequent steps of their profession.”

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