Erik Karlsson would reportedly waive his no-movement clause to join the Edmonton Oilers
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By Zach Laing1 month ago
After a rabid few days of reports circling the San Jose Sharks, Edmonton Oilers, and Erik Karlsson, things seemed to cool down heading into the weekend and into this week.
That is until NHL insider Chris Johnston blew the doors open on Tuesday night reporting that Karlsson would be open to waiving his no-movement clause to join the Oilers.
“Things have gone quiet since the Oilers and Sharks re-engaged in trade discussions on Karlsson earlier this month,” Johnston wrote. “Not only has San Jose established a high asking price on a defenceman playing at a ridiculous 110-point pace, but it has also so far been unwilling to entertain retaining more than 20 percent of Karlsson’s significant cap hit. That’s a non-starter for Edmonton.
“However, it’s believed Karlsson is open to waiving his no-movement clause to join Connor McDavid and Co. and there’s still time for these sides to take another run at a blockbuster.”
While it’s been assumed that Karlsson would likely waive if given the opportunity to chase Stanley Cups with the Oilers, this is the first definitive word either way about what could happen. It’s obviously a significant hurdle in the trade talks, but as Johnston wrote, it’s not what could be holding things up.
The discussion around salary retention is a must when it comes to Karlsson. The Oilers, nor any other team in the league, should have to be on the hook for the full four years and the $11.5 million yearly cap hit he carries. Last week, Pierre LeBrun reported via a Sharks source that the club would have no limit on how much they would be willing to retain up to the 50 percent max, but Johnston doubled down Tuesday that they haven’t budged off 20 percent.
This will undoubtedly be a huge story to follow heading into the March 3rd trade deadline.
Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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