With the San Jose Sharks signing defenseman Erik Karlsson to an eight-year contract worth over $11.5 million per season on Monday, San Jose decided to trade defenseman Justin Braun to the Philadelphia Flyers for a 2019 second-round pick and a 2020 third-round pick.
Braun is 32 years old and he has one-year remaining on his contract worth $3.8 million. Last season with the Sharks, Justin Braun played in 78 games and he scored two goals and recorded 14 assists. His plus/minus was -14.
This may not be a bad thing for him because he is a good defense and Braun had a down year last season.
This isn’t General Manager Chuck Fletcher’s first move this offseason. He also acquired defenseman Matt Niskanen from the Washington Capitals for defenseman Radko Gudas.
It is possible that defenseman Shayne Gostisberhere might be the next defenseman to be traded from the Philadelphia Flyers.
I think it would be a mistake for Philadelphia, but there has to be a reason why they are acquiring all of these defenseman in trades.
The San Jose Sharks will now have between six to ten picks in the 2019 NHL Draft.