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The Erik Karlsson rumors come to a close: Pittsburgh completes blockbuster trade for Norris winner

(Robert Edwards-USA TODAY Sports)


The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired defenseman Erik Karlsson in a 3-team deal with the San Jose Sharks and Montreal Canadiens. Pittsburgh also received forward Rem Pitlick, forward Dillon Hamaliuk and a 2026 third round draft pick, while San Jose acquired forward Mikael Granlund, defenseman Jan Rutta, forward Mike Hoffman and a top 10 protected 2024 first round draft pick.

The Montreal Canadiens picked up Pittsburgh's 2025 second round draft pick, defenseman Jeff Petry, goalie Casey DeSmith, and forward Nathan Legare.


Karlsson won the third Norris Trophy of his career as the NHL's best defenseman for the 2022-23 season, and is signed through the 2026-27 season with an average annual value of $11.5 million, which San Jose will be retaining $1.5 million of every year until the end of his current deal.

Karlsson finished his Norris Trophy winning season with 101 points on 25 goals and 76 assists in a fully healthy 82 game season.

Pittsburgh's other newest addition, Rem Pitlick, finished the season split between the Montreal Canadiens and their AHL affiliate, Laval Rocket. In 46 NHL games, Pitlick tallied 15 points on six goals and nine assists, while he scored 22 points on five goals and 17 assists in the AHL.

Along with Pitlick and Karlsson, Dillon Hamaliuk will be calling Pittsburgh home for now. The 22 year old prospect spent his 2022-23 season in the ECHL with the Wichita Thunder. Although he only played six games with the Thunder last season, he managed to put up seven points on four goals and three assists.

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