Sharks interim GM on possibly trading Karlsson or Burns: ‘Nothing is off-limits’

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 10: Brent Burns #88 of the San Jose Sharks celebrates a goal with Erik Karlsson #65 against the Los Angeles Kings in the first period at Crypto.com Arena on March 10, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

SAN JOSE – Joe Will, the Sharks’ interim general manager, said he’s open to discussing the possibility of trading either Brent Burns or Erik Karlsson this offseason if he feels such a move would improve the team.

“We do need to, anytime, look at getting better however we can and nothing is off-limits,” Will told this news organization earlier this week. “But having said that, they’re exceptional players and we have a lot of very high-end players. Ideally, we’d like to include everybody in what we’re doing here, but again, we’ll just see what happens moving forward as we bring in a new (general manager).

“Nothing’s imminent. No changes are imminent or anything like that, but open to discuss. Yeah, I think if you want to get better, you have to discuss it.”

The Sharks are still in the early stages of their search for a new full-time GM, and team president Jonathan Becher said this week that a person might not be in place until late July or early August.

Would the new general manager have to be involved in such a big decision to trade either Karlsson or Burns, or could a…

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