The Penguins have traded for standout defenseman Erik Karlsson. The team announced the news Sunday morning.
WE HAVE BIG TRADE NEWS TO ANNOUNCE— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) August 6, 2023
The Penguins have acquired defenseman Erik Karlsson, forward Rem Pitlick, forward Dillon Hamaliuk and a 2026 third-round draft pick in a three-team trade involving the San Jose Sharks and Montreal Canadiens.
In the 3-team trade with San Jose and Montreal, the Penguins have acquired Karlsson, forward Rem Pitlick, forward Dillion Hamaliuk, and a 2026 third-round draft pick.
The Pens traded their 2024 first-round pick (top-10 protected), Michael Granlund, and Jan Rutta to the Sharks, who also received Mike Hoffman in the deal.
The Pens traded their 2025 second-round draft pick, Jeff Petry, Casey DeSmith, and Nathan Legare to Montreal.
The reigning Norris Trophy winning defenseman is signed through the 2026-27 season and will count for $10 million against the salary cap with the Sharks retaining $1.5 million of his original $11.5 million AAV.
Karlsson has won the Norris trophy three times and scored 25 goals and 76 assists for a total of 101 points this past season. In doing so, he was the first defenseman in 20 years to have a 100-point season.