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Erik Karlsson Wants No Part of a Rebuild in San Jose

He didn’t come right out and say it, but if the San Jose Sharks ultimately decide to rebuild, Erik Karlsson is going to be extremely unhappy.

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While his comments might not signal the start of talk that Erik Karlsson could be on the move out of San Jose, one has to wonder what happens with the veteran defenseman if the Sharks decide they are going to undergo a full-blown rebuild. Speaking to the media, including San Jose Hockey Now’s Sheng Peng, Karlsson stated that he is not at all interested in being part of a massive overhaul — more specifically a rebuild — with this team. He’s been there and done that.

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“Obviously, I did not sign here to go through a rebuild. [To] go through what I did for 10 years in Ottawa,” the defenseman stated. In fairness, Karlsson did say that he thinks the current San Jose Sharks team has the pieces to be competitive, and his thoughts are more that the organization needs “to find a way to build with the core that we have,”

Again, this isn’t to suggest that Karlsson is hinting he’d like to be traded. It also isn’t a suggestion the Sharks have told him they’re going to blow it all up. Instead, he seems to be pleading with the front office not to tear down and start over. It’s probably why he told a little white lie about his struggles in Ottawa.

The end of his stint with the Senators wasn’t good, but Karlsson actually played on some pretty decent Ottawa teams. That franchise made the playoffs five times in Karlsson’s nine seasons, and once came within one win of Stanley Cup Final berth in 2016-17. But, it’s usually the final few weeks and months of someone’s stay that they remember the most and his departure from Ottawa was front page news, mostly because he was deemed potentially “too expensive” for a rebuilding team.

Erik Karlsson San Jose Sharks defenseman wants not part of a rebuild if Sharks go that route

Will the Sharks Blow It Up?

Despite a terrible season in 2019-20, the Sharks made it very clear they were not going to be a rebuilding team. Instead, they used the term “retooling”. But, they’ve not been good this season either. They sit second-last in the Honda West Division and are just one point up on Anaheim. The Sharks aren’t out of it with a 10-11-3 record, but they have a long way to go and more time seems to be spent talking about what’s going wrong with the team and players like Evander Kane than anything else.

Karlsson clearly signed with the Sharks to *contend* for the Stanley Cup. So far, he’s not gotten a lot of chances. If the club doesn’t do something to improve their position moving forward, he may ever get a decent shot at it again. He’s an $11.5 million player signed to a long-term contract that doesn’t expire until 2026-27. He’s not exactly tradeable.

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