Now that the 2019 NHL Trade Deadline has passed, contract extension talks between the San Jose Sharks and star defenseman Erik Karlsson should begin to heat up. Due to a seemingly minor detail in the NHL CBA, Karlsson can now ink an eight-year extension with the Sharks as opposed to a seven-year deal.
It’s unclear whether Karlsson is interested in staying with the Pacific Division powerhouse long-term, as testing the free agency market for the first time in his career could be enticing. With the Sharks facing many decisions this offseason, re-signing the 28-year-old must remain the top priority.
The 6-foot blueliner is widely regarded as one of the toughest defensemen to play against. He has a lethal combination of skill and speed, giving opponents nightmares at both ends of the rink. With plenty of time left in his career, Karlsson has built a resume that puts him on the fast track to the Hall of Fame.
In nine seasons with the Ottawa Senators, Karlsson won the Norris Trophy twice and added a pair of runner-up finishes. During a four-season stretch from 2013-17, the Swede was one of the NHL’s most consistently dominant skaters, racking up 293 points in 323 contests. He missed just five regular-season games and averaged over 27:30 of ice time per game during that span.