Free Agency

Blackhawks Need to Target These 3 Sharks Right Now

By Tony Gianares
SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Joe Pavelski #8 of the San Jose Sharks skates against the Vancouver Canucks at SAP Center on February 15, 2018 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Rocky W. Widner/NHL/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Joe Pavelski #8 of the San Jose Sharks skates against the Vancouver Canucks at SAP Center on February 15, 2018 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Rocky W. Widner/NHL/Getty Images) /
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Erik Karlsson and the San Jose Sharks came to terms on a mega-deal. The Blackhawks can now swoop in on these potential cap casualties.

Karlsson was one of San Jose’s biggest UFAs and they locked him up with a long term deal. The two parties finalized an 8-year, $92 mil ($11.5 mil AAV) contract. This deal will have significant ramifications going forward for the Sharks.

San Jose is currently projected to have $12.5 mil in cap space this offseason, but they have a long list of restricted and unrestricted free agents to make a decision on.

A few of the notable Sharks that could become cap casualties are captain Joe Pavelski, Gustav Nyquist, and Joonas Donskoi — talk about blood in the water.

This is the perfect opportunity for the Blackhawks to swoop in for some instant upgrades. They also need a replacement for the recently traded Dominik Kahun.

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