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In his last two full seasons with Columbus, Karlsson played in 162 game, 15 goals and 45 points combined.

This year with the VGK, 39 goales and 65 points.

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Yeah, the GM that let a non-40 goal scorer go is much worse at his job than the one who gave away a 30-goal scorer.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 03/19/18 at 08:48 AM ET

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Bourne is an idiot.

Karlsson’s season is as much a fluke as Vegas’.  There’s nothing that indicates yet that Karlsson can or will do this again, and again, and again.  Remember Rob Brown, Jonathon Cheechoo, etc…

Jesus, Bourne is such a complete idiot he has me agreeing with Steve Simmons.  That’s how big an idiot Bourne is.  You’re know you’re an idiot when Steve Simmons is the one stepping in on you and voicing reason and clowning you.

Bourne should be fired, I don’t know why anyone pays for anything he writes.  His qualifications are he was a mediocre AHLer, and that’s it.  I’m not sure how that qualifies you to write.

Posted by Primis on 03/19/18 at 09:10 AM ET


Nobody should EVER have to agree with Steve Simmons.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 03/19/18 at 10:44 AM ET


Forget the GMs, what about the coach?  Torts will find a way to dry up almost anyone’s production when they’re on his lineup card.

Posted by PMP5030 on 03/19/18 at 11:33 AM ET


To be fair, CBS’s GM should probably have been able to predict that Karlsson would have a shooting percentage of 23.8 this season, which is completely sustainable.

Right, Justin?

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 03/19/18 at 11:56 AM ET


Wow, I think we’re all in agreement here.

Karlsson was a good, versatile young player and under the rules, Columbus simply
couldn’t keep them all. They chose Josh Anderson instead. Another good young player.

But I don’t think anyone on the planet could have anticipated Karlsson’s explosion this season - in the perfect situation for him, with everything going his way.

I bet Anaheim also wishes they hadn’t traded him for what was left of
James Wisniewski.

Look at how many people missed on Marchessault and for how long.
And Florida gave him away and threw in Reilly Smith after both had proven
they were good players.

Posted by Lefty30 on 03/19/18 at 12:37 PM ET

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Lets give some credit to Gallant here, who seems to be well suited to maximizing young offensive talent. I get the feeling that Gallant had a great deal of input into Vegas’ draft process, and it shows. Guys like Karlsson and Marchessault are his type of players.

Even the back end on that team is full of misfits, but he’s getting some great mileage out of them.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 03/19/18 at 01:08 PM ET

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I have to wonder what the return for Karlsson would be if the Knights chose to shop him this summer.  Would everyone think he’s “got it figured out”?  Or would most GM’s be afraid to give up the farm for a guy who maybe had a lucky year playing on a good team?

Posted by TreKronor on 03/19/18 at 01:22 PM ET

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TK, he is UFA 7/1/18.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/19/18 at 01:24 PM ET

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Check that, RFA.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/19/18 at 01:28 PM ET

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Actually I just saw on Sportrac where he’ll be an RFA this summer. 

Lots of options here for LV.  From a long term perspective LV might be better off trading him, or sign and trade.  I wonder if they’ll sign him to a 1 year contract for like $6 mil to see if he’s consistently going to score 30+.

Posted by TreKronor on 03/19/18 at 01:30 PM ET

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