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Erik Karlsson scored a goal and had an assist during the Sharks 6-2 loss to Calgary. During the game he also fired four shots on goal in 23:51 minutes of ice time.
It was his first goal in 11 games. This season Karlsson has six goals and 34 assists with a minus-14 rating in 55 games.
The San Jose Sharks and Erik Karlsson finally came to terms on an eight-year $92 million deal.
The Sharks were able to lock up Karlsson before July 1 which is when the free agent market opens up. The contract is good until he turns 37, so the Sharks have secured him for the remainder of his prime years. Karlsson only played in 56 games this past season due to injuries, but during that time he produced 45 points for the Sharks' offense. He will look to use the offseason to his advantage and recover from any lingering issues he may have before the 2019-20 season begins.
The San Jose Sharks and defenseman Erik Karlsson are currently discussing a possible contract extension with the organization.
The Sharks are hoping they can get a deal done with Karlsson prior to June 23. If a deal has not been struck by that point, then other teams will be allowed to contact him about contract negotiations. Karlsson did undergo groin surgery on May 31, and he hopes that those issues he was having during the postseason will finally be behind him. It will be interesting to see how this story unfolds as the summer progresses.
According to a well-connected source, Erik Karlsson claims he is interested in receiving offers from both the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens.
The biggest reason why Karlsson is pondering the idea of returning to Ottawa is the fact that his wife Melinda is from Ottawa and would like to live close to her family once again. After an ugly 2018 offseason that ended in a divorce between the Senators and Karlsson, it did not seem possible such an idea would even be broached. There are many teams interested in making an offer to Karlsson, and if he wants to win a championship in the immediate future, Ottawa would not make much sense. He could possibly choose a team more playoff ready that is within fairly close traveling distance to Ottawa.
Karlsson didn’t say for sure that he was leaving, but the tweet he sent out thanking the fans and the organization for a great season was very telling. Karlsson is set to be a free agent along with a few other Shark stars like Joe Thornton and Joe Palvelski.
This looks like the beginning of what can be a reboot for the San Jose Sharks after coming so close to the Stanley cup finals. Karlsson was brought to the sharks in a blockbuster deal in the fall but didn’t have quite the impact that was expected only posted 45 points while trying the play through various injuries. That being said, Karlsson should be a hot commodity when it comes to the free agent market this offseason.