NHL Rumors: Erik Karlsson not interested in Sharks rebuild, Ducks Troy Terry available, Steve Ott next Sabres coach?

Erik Karlsson does not want to go through it again. After suffering in Ottawa the struggling 30 year-old is not interested in a San Jose rebuild.

NHL Rumors: Karlsson want Sharks to make win now trades

Sharks GM Doug Wilson could be on the hot seat. While his intentions to build a winner are in the right place, the moves he’s made have not panned out. So should San Jose reset? If so, Karlsson has no interest in it.

“Obviously, I did not sign here to go through a rebuild or go through what I did for 10 years in Ottawa,” the 30-year-old defenseman said. “But it is what it is. I think that we need to find a way to build with a core group that we have here and figure out a way how to be competitive here in the upcoming years.”

Karlsson via NHL.com

Here’s the huge problem for both Karlsson and the Sharks – his contract is not trade friendly. Even he waives his no-move clause what team will take on six more years with an $11.5 million AAV? The teams that have cap room aren’t contenders so why would Karlsson waive to go to Detroit? Whether he likes it or not, it appears Karlsson is stuck in San Jose.

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Mar 8, 2021; San Jose, California, USA; San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) skates before the game against the St. Louis Blues at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Rumors: Ducks young forward Troy Terry looking for change

The Ducks have a young forward that could be looking for a change of scenery. According to Elliotte Friedman on Sportsnet’s Saturday Headlines, Troy Terry is that player.

“One young player who might be up for a change of scenery is Troy Terry in Anaheim.” he said. “I’m starting to hear some conversation about him and whether or not he might go somewhere else to get a change from the Ducks.”

The 23 year-old forward has 7 points in 22 games this season and 35 points in 103 career games.

NHL Rumors: Steve Ott next Sabres coach

While the entire hockey world is expecting the axe to fall at some point on Ralph Krueger in Buffalo, one former Sabres’ player already has the perfect replacement in mind.

John Vogl of The Athletic wrote that a former member and teammate of Sabres captain Steve Ott wants to see him as the next coach. Ott is currently an assistant in St. Louis.

The player went on to endorse the hiring of Ott, saying this group would benefit from the leadership of his former captain. Ott is in his fourth season as an assistant in St. Louis and helped the Blues win the Stanley Cup in 2019. He’s 38, which is a year old than Ruff when that former captain took over in 1997.

The Athletic

The Sabres are very likely going to be hiring a new coach at some point, and it would not surprise me if Gerard Gallant is that person.

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