Don’t expect Capitals to trade for these 3 players

John Carlson, Darcy Kuemper, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports
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#2 Erik Karlsson

This move will not happen for two reasons. The obvious one being the Caps already made their trade for a defenseman in Joel Edmundson. And two, Erik Karlsson comes at an expensive price.

The San Jose Sharks defenseman’s cap hit comes out to a whooping average annual value (AAV) of $11.5 million. Caps don’t even have close to that. Unless of course they trade Evgeny Kuznetsov and Anthony Mantha. But why would you trade two forwards for a defenseman?

Karlsson’s stats are out of this world though. 25 goals and 76 assists for 101 points as a defenseman is simply insane. John Carlson may have given him a run for his money if he didn’t suffer that severe injury in December.

Maybe move him to forward?