Newark, NJ – Yes, this one is all about Erik Karlsson (sort of). No, the New Jersey Devils aren’t in on the Norris Trophy candidate. However, a lot of other teams might be, and on Sunday some of the Hockey Now crew caught wind of it. Despite a slow Father’s Day in terms of hockey, there was still plenty to sink our teeth into.
Let’s dive in.
New Jersey Devils
New Jersey Hockey Now: Leading up to Jesper Bratt’s extension, there was the belief the Devils worked within a “salary hierarchy.” After finding out the details of Bratt’s contract, that belief appeared credible. However, the Devils GM claims a salary hierarchy isn’t something he “wholeheartedly believes in.”
National Hockey Now
Florida Hockey Now: The Panthers lost a chance at greatness. They know it. Losing in the Stanley Cup Final doesn’t get any easier. In fact, it haunts them every day on the news, papers, and social media all broadcasting the Golden Knights celebrations.
San Jose Sharks
San Jose Hockey Now: Erik Karlsson and the Sharks have already explored trade options. It seems like they’re going to revisit that again this summer. It won’t be easy as the Norris Trophy candidate has a costly contract. However, here are 10 teams that might be willing to take a shot at acquiring the elite defenseman.
Washington Hockey Now: The Capitals have extended a qualifying offer to Martin Fehervary. The two sides are now hammering away at a contract extension.
Los Angeles Kings
LA Hockey Now: The Kings exceeded expectations in the 2022-23 season. However, they’ve done this before in recent history. It cause them to rush into “win-now” mode faster than they were ready. This time around, the Kings should temper expectations.
Buffalo Hockey Now: The Sabres young core took a very promising step forward in 2022-23. Veering from their current path would be a mistake. An example of getting off course would be trading for Erik Karlsson who is on the market. Even if the Sharks retained some salary, the Sabres should stay away.
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