Erik Karlsson and the San Jose Sharks are ready to move on from each other, with both sides working to find a trade partner for the veteran defenceman, TSN reported, and there are few better suitors right now than the Seattle Kraken.
The team made its first playoff appearance in just its second year of existence, advancing to the Western Conference Semifinal, where it ultimately lost to the Dallas Stars. The team has solid pieces that can shape its future but is lacking that one star veteran who can be the difference maker and push the team to the next round.
Coming off a career year, Karlsson can be that guy.
The 33-year-old set highs in goals (25), assists (a league-leading 76), points (101) and shooting percentage (12) this past season. He also played 82 games for the first time since 2015-16. Healthy for the first time in nearly eight seasons, he proved he is still an impact player in the league and someone who can be the catalyst for a championship run.