"Is this real?"
That’s the first of many texts blowing up Joe Pavelski’s phone the second he exits the rink on Day 1 of the San Jose Sharks’ training camp in mid-September. Apparently something happened while he was on the ice. Something big. “I don’t really know,” Pavelski replies to his buddy from home.
Pavelski, the Sharks’ captain, is typically the first player on San Jose to catch wind of any major news, but even he can’t say for sure if his team just acquired Erik friggin’ Karlsson.
After all, it’s been an off-season full of #fakenews when it comes to Karlsson trade talk, with his ticket practically booked for Dallas and Tampa Bay at different junctures. Still, Pavelski’s been sensing a monster move all summer. He knows the Sharks and their GM, Doug Wilson, made the shortlist for ...
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