does the kucherov extension mean tampa's out on karlsson now?
No. They were always going to have to move money out to make a long-term Karlsson deal work. It’s not like if they’d traded for him five days ago, they would have stopped trying to sign Kucherov. This just gives them a hard number to work with moving forward now, rather than speculation. They know how much they’re paying Kucherov now, so they can work out exactly how much salary needs to be moved out to bring in Karlsson and sign him to an extension.