San Jose Sharks: Reaching Long-Term Deal to Keep Erik Karlsson is Key

Erik Karlsson is staying with the San Jose Sharks. Again, he was one of the most premier free agents this offseason. The Sharks gave him an 8-year deal, where he will be making $11.5 million a season. The Swedish star played through really his first slow and injury prone season and hopefully, Sharks fan will see the Ottawa version of Karlsson next season, where he scores 20 plus goals and does well on the power play. It’s nice that the Sharks have two of the best defenders in the game locked up in Brent Burns and Karlsson, but how will this affect the team as a whole?

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The San Jose Sharks still need to sign their captain Joe Pavelski and very talented Timo Meier. Possibly even Kevin Labanc and Gustav Nyquist, who played under the radar type of key roles for the Sharks in last seasons playoff run. The 2018-2019 Sharks team was one of the best teams on paper that San Jose has ever put together. In the end, health and lacking some physicality led to their playoff exit. Also, an injured Karlsson in the playoffs became a liability pretty fast in that St. Louis Blues series.

Anyway, on Tuesday the Sharks traded away their long time and underrated defenseman, Justin Braun to the Philadelphia Flyers, for a second-round draft pick, and a third-round pick in the 2020 draft. This gives San Jose a good chunk of cap space for guys like Meier and Pavs. It also gives team teal a chance to build for the future. When the Sharks signed Karlsson last season, they gave up some young talent and future draft picks to get him.

So at least he wasn’t a rental. Hopefully, San Jose fans get to see the second half of the season version of Karlsson. However, for a full year and beyond. When Karlsson got it going for a month last season, he was skating phenomenal and he had a great point streak. Only time will tell if the musketeer will give the Sharks the true push they need this time around.

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