The Pittsburgh Penguins became the latest team to check in on 2023 Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson of the San Jose Sharks, reported Josh Yohe of The Athletic.

Ultimately, they deemed the asking price to be too high, especially after new general manager Kyle Dubas went on a spending spree at the start of free agency, signing Tristan Jarry, Lars Eller and Ryan Graves for a total of $58.775 million.

Even with the Penguins seemingly out of the running, the star defenseman remains at the center of trade interest this offseason.

Toronto, Carolina and Seattle have all been linked to the 33-year-old, but none have been able to get a deal in place to acquire the league's best defender, thanks to the Sharks' desire to receive fair compensation in return.