Over the weekend, Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reported that contract talks between the San Jose Sharks and their newest star defenceman, Erik Karlsson, had begun.
Karlsson addressed the topic during an all-star media availability Thursday night in San Jose, saying “the time is nigh.”
“It’s coming up. We all know it. There’s no way around it,” Karlsson told reporters (quotes via NHL.com). “You guys are going to talk about it. I’m going to think about it. That’s just the way it is.”
Shortly after Karlsson was dealt to the California club in September without word of a contract extension, the two sides made it pretty clear that they would take their time and allow all parties to get comfortable before talking numbers and making a long-term commitment.
“We have no timetable on anything,” Karlsson said Thursday. “Whatever goes on is going to be handled privately.”
He also told reporters that Sharks GM Doug Wilson “has been great” with him and his wife, Melinda, and spoke highly of the GM’s patient approach in helping San Jose’s new residents ease into their new surroundings — a huge adjustment considering Karlsson had played his entire career in Ottawa up until that point and Melinda is from the Ottawa area. Both still have strong ties to the city, including charitable initiatives.
“He’s been very respectful. I appreciate that a lot, both me and my wife do,” Karlsson said of Wilson. “When the time comes for a decision to be made, whenever that is, I think they’ve done everything they possibly can to give us the most information we need to make the right decision.