San Jose Sharks general manager Mike Grier didn't explicitly say he wouldn't trade star defenseman Erik Karlsson at the March 3 deadline, but he certainly poured some cold water on the idea.

"There's teams that still always want to check in when you've got a great player like that who can make a difference and maybe win you a Stanley Cup," he told reporters Sunday evening. "I think there's always a little bit of interest, but at the same time, I think, with five days to go until the deadline to make everything work, it might be something that's difficult to pull off.

"But at the end of the day, if someone wants him bad enough, as they say, 'Where there's a will, there's a way.' … At this time, I'm anticipating him being here for the rest of the season. … Anything can change at the drop of a hat, right?"

Karlsson is making a serious push for his third Norris Trophy this season. The 32-year-old has 77 points in 60 games and is on pace for 105 points. He'd be the first blue-liner to reach the century mark since Brian Leetch in 1991-92.

The veteran's resurgence has turned some heads, with the Edmonton Oilers reportedly being among the interested parties. However, Karlsson has four seasons remaining on his pact after this one with a monstrous cap hit of $11.5 million, which has evidently been an impediment to any potential deals.