The San Jose Sharks Might Regret the Erik Karlsson Contract

Last offseason, the San Jose Sharks acquired defenseman Erik Karlsson in a blockbuster trade with the Ottawa Senators. Karlsson was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent on July 1. However, San Jose wanted to make sure he wouldn’t hit the market.

The Sharks did just that as they re-signed Erik Karlsson to an eight-year deal worth over $11 million each season. He is 29 years old. Karlsson underwent offseason groin surgery and he is expected to be ready for training camp in September.


Erik Karlsson was one of the reasons why San Jose was two wins away from heading back to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 2016. He only appeared in 53 games this past season. Karlsson scored only three goals but he recorded 42 assists. His plus/minus was 6.

In 19 postseason games this past season, Erik Karlsson scored two goals and recorded 14 assists. His plus/minus was -3.

Erik Karlsson has had some injury problems over the past couple of years. It could be possible in the fourth or fifth year of his contract that the San Jose Sharks regret it, especially if they don’t win at least one Stanley Cup title in that span.

Karlsson is one of the best offensive defensemen in the game, but he has had some issues on the defensive end as of late.

Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns didn’t exactly work out at the beginning of the season, but they gelled as a defensive unit as the season progressed.

With Karlsson signing that big contract, it is going to set the bar for other free agents this summer like Artemi Panarin, Sergei Bobrovsky, Anders Lee, Mitchell Marner, and other players.

San Jose expects to re-sign centerman Joe Pavelski this offseason and it is quite possible he gets around $10 million per season.

This contract was a surprising one and it will continue to be an interesting offseason. The NHL Draft begins on Friday night in Vancouver. Also, the official free agency period begins on Monday, July 1.

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