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Indications Are Erik Karlsson Will Stay In San Jose

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Video- Risk Involved Signing Erik Karlsson

via Sportsnet,

On HC At Noon they discuss the Erik Karlsson speculation and if there's a risk to sign him.

 

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Erik Karlsson Had Surgery To Address His Groin Injury

SAN JOSE, CA - On Friday, May 31, San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) defenseman Erik Karlsson (@ErikKarlsson65) underwent successful surgery to address a groin injury suffered during the 2018-19 season. 
 
Erik has begun rehabilitation and is expected to recover fully this offseason and be ready for the 2019-20 NHL season.

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Erik Karlsson’s Health Will Be A Concern For The San Jose Sharks

from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,

Perhaps there was only one sight uglier than the Sharks’ start to Game 4 of the Western Conference Final against the St. Louis Blues on Friday.

It was the one of defenseman Erik Karlsson on the Sharks’ bench late in the third period, lurched over in obvious discomfort.

Karlsson returned late the third after the Sharks had pulled Martin Jones, attempting to tie the game with the extra attacker on the ice. But the Sharks couldn’t beat Blues goalie Jordan Binnington a second time and lost 2-1, setting up a pivotal Game 5 at home on Sunday with the series now tied 2-2.

Sharks coach Pete DeBoer didn’t have a health update after the game on Karlsson, who missed a handful of shifts after he left the ice at a stoppage in play with 9:24 left in regulation time. Karlsson came back with just under two minutes left, a good sign for the Sharks that he was able to gut it out for one final push.

Still, for a player who missed 27 of the Sharks’ final 33 games due to groin and leg injuries, there has to be some concern for how effective Karlsson might be for the rest of this series.

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Erik Karlsson Will Sit While Dealing With A Groin Issue

from Paul Gackle of the Mercury News,

Erik Karlsson will be sidelined for the rest of the week. The Sharks aren’t planning to shut him down as an extra precaution before the playoffs.

Head coach Pete DeBoer said after practice on Thursday that Karlsson will miss a minimum of two games with a lower-body injury that he believes is a re-tweak of the groin ailment that shelved him for 10-recent games. At this point, the Sharks are awaiting test results to confirm the nature of Karlsson’s injury.

Karlsson skipped the third period of Tuesday’s game in Boston after he left the ice during the second period, returned and then struggled throughout the remaining 8:20 of the frame. Though the Sharks want Karlsson to get fully healthy from a groin ailment that has plagued him since Jan. 15, the team isn’t planning to shut him down for an extended break leading into the playoffs.

“We’re going to hold him out until we don’t have to,” DeBoer said. “You can’t put this guy in a bubble and roll him out the first playoff game. He’s got to play games when he’s healthy enough to play games.”

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On Erik Karlsson’s Health And Evander Kane’s Fight

from Paul Gackle of the Mercury News,

Karlsson left Tuesday’s game in Boston after he appeared to re-tweak a groin injury that sidelined him for 10 games over the last two months (more coming). In addition, Evander Kane insists that he took a cheap shot from Zdeno Chara and the Sharks lost their fourth straight game against a potential Stanley Cup contender, a string that includes two losses to the Bruins and defeats at the hands of the Washington Capitals and the Columbus Blue Jackets....

The Sharks need to consider giving Karlsson an extended rest.

Karlsson made the decision to play. It proved to be the wrong choice.

The two-time Norris Trophy winner returned to the ice on Tuesday after missing Sunday’s game in Detroit because he re-aggravated his nagging groin injury during the Sharks loss in Columbus on Saturday. Karlsson then left Tuesday’s game at 4:42 of the second after his left leg got stretched out as he attempted a lateral move to defend Charlie McAvoy, who received the puck in the left circle. He appeared to be in pain as skated off the ice without putting any pressure on his left leg....

Kane calls Chara’s hit a ‘classic head shot.’

Kane left the game at 3:22 of the third after he received a game-misconduct penalty following a fight with Chara. He jumped Chara after he took a shoulder to the head while reaching for a puck below the goal line.

The Sharks forward clearly took issue with the hit and the fact that a penalty wasn’t called. He wasn’t afraid to express that sentiment to reporters after the game.

“That was a hit straight to my face, head; whatever you want to call it, clearly,” Kane said. “What am I supposed to do outside, defend myself? I’m not going to sit there and take a direct shot right to the head.”

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If you missed it last night, watch Karlsson struggle on the ice plus the Kane/Chara fight.

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GIF- Erik Karlsson Injury

I read earlier today Karlsson said he felt good enough to play after missing games with a groin issue.

 

added 8:34pm, Below, Karlsson trying to defend after returning to the game.

added 8:57pm, Video of the Marchand goal is below, Karlsson not close to 100%.

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Evening Line- Erik Karlsson On His Suspension

“I’m not going to lie. I was very surprised. I can’t really go into specific details because I don’t want to risk anything more since I have no say in the matter. At the end of the day, hopefully, he’s fine. You never want to see anyone get hurt. I wish him all the best. I have a clear conscious for my part. I did everything within the rules, but unfortunately, some people didn’t think that I did.”

-Erik Karlsson of the San Jose Sharks on his two game suspension.  Paul Gackle of the Mercury News has more.

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Video- Two Game Suspension For Erik Karlsson

Illegal check to the head.

 

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Video- Erik Karlsson Has A Meeting With DoPS On Sunday

 

 

See a GIF of the hit below, Wagner is out with an upper-body injury.

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Eric Karlsson And The San Jose Sharks Have A Decision To Make Soon

Chris Johnston of Sportsnet goes a bit more in-depth on the topics discussed last night on Saturday Headlines,

Lost among the talk of Erik Karlsson’s return to Ottawa, and Erik Karlsson’s uncharacteristically slow start, is what is to become of Erik Karlsson?

It doesn’t sound as though there have been any serious talks about an extension with the San Jose Sharks yet and that make some sense. They are still getting used to him, he is finding his way with them, and the team has struggled out of the gate.

But it won’t be long before the sides need to start figuring out if they might have a long-term fit together, and if not, what that might mean.

It seems highly unlikely that the two-time Norris Trophy winner would be traded again before the Feb. 25 deadline, but if he decides to test unrestricted free agency it could make for an awfully interesting July 1.

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Video- Erik Karlsson Tribute In Ottawa

Well done.

 

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Erik Karlsson Returns To Ottawa Today

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

You better watch out, you better not cry

Better not pout, I’m telling you why

Erik Karlsson’s comin’ to town

The former Senators captain makes his first return to Canadian Tire Centre as a member of the San Jose Sharks on Saturday afternoon in what is expected to be the team’s third announced sellout in 15 games.

It is the most anticipated game of the season in Ottawa.

“It’s like the return of Jesus to me,” said Ben Milks, aka @brian5or6 and the biggest Karlsson fan in town. “It’s like when Ozzy Osbourne left Black Sabbath and then came back. It’s like doing Dry November and then having that first cold pint December 1st. It’s like one night sleeping in a ditch, and then the next night slipping in The Ritz with room service ….”

You get the picture.

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The puck drops just after 1:00pm ET today.

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Fans Get Their Chance To Say Goodbye To Erik Karlsson

from Ian Mendes of TSN,

So the Senators determined that their situation with Karlsson had become untenable; that they reached the point of no return at some point during the bizarre odyssey that was the 2017-18 campaign. Finally, they traded Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks on the first day of training camp.

The reaction was predictable.

Fans vowed to stay away from the Canadian Tire Centre in droves. Sure enough, there has been a dip of about 2,000 fans on average at Sens home games this season.

That should change Saturday afternoon, when Karlsson returns to Ottawa for the first time as a member of the Sharks. If the building is not sold-out it should be close to capacity as many disenchanted fans circled this as their one must-see game of the season.

There were multiple false starts last season and so many trade rumours that never came to fruition that Ottawa fans never got a proper chance to say goodbye to Karlsson.

They never had a chance to properly say thanks for multiple Norris Trophy seasons and an extended playoff run in 2017 on a fractured foot that has reached iconic status in this market. Even the most ardent Alfredsson fan would have to concede that Karlsson is the greatest player to ever put on a Senators jersey.

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Video- Was Erik Karlsson Justified By Walking Away?

The San Jose Sharks lost 5-3 to Toronto last night and Erik Karlsson is asked about playing in Ottawa on Saturday.

He walks away...

 

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It May Not Be A Slump For Erik Karlsson

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

When the Sharks traded for Karlsson in September and gave up practically nothing off their roster in return, the fantasy experts started drooling. If you thought Karlsson had been dangerous in Ottawa, where the top scorer managed just 23 goals last season, just wait until he was passing the puck up to Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski — or Logan Couture and Evander Kane, or Tomas Hertl and Timo Meier....

Forget 82 points. The thinking was Karlsson, who is also in the final year of his contract, might be the first defenceman since Brian Leetch to crack the 100-point mark....

Heading into Thursday night’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Karlsson had no goals and eight assists (had 2 assists last night) in his first 19 games. At this point last year, he had 17 points....

In nine seasons with the Senators, Karlsson led the team in scoring four times and finished second in three others. There was a reason for that. If he didn’t, no one else would.

In San Jose, his job description has changed. On a team that has so many offensive options, Karlsson is no longer the No. 1 offensive weapon. With Brent Burns leading the Sharks with 21 points, he might not even be the team’s No. 1 offensive defenceman.

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Video- A Sit Down With Erik Karlsson

via Sportsnet,

San Jose Sharks defenceman Erik Karlsson sits down with Christine Simpson to talk about the trade that sent him from the Ottawa Senators to California.

Excellent interview.

 

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Video- The San Jose Sharks Introduce Erik Karlsson

16 1/2 minutes long.

 

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Erik Karlsson Says Goodbye

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

Erik Karlsson’s time as an Ottawa Senator has gradually yet suddenly expired sooner than he ever wished it to.

So, he’s buying a little more.

A cluster of credentialed messengers are gathered in the club’s press room. Some have been hanging around the Canadian Tire Centre for more than eight hours waiting for Ottawa’s most dynamic hockey player to appear at camp and speak his mind.

They can wait a few extra minutes for his heart.

Karlsson — now devastatingly, dangerously a San Jose Shark — is making his way around the bowels of a rink he wowed for nine seasons with those sky-high saucer passes that grazed the Jumbotron and a skating stride that blew his hair like a poem, on half an ankle you’d swear was a full and on an Achilles he’d make you forget was once hanging by a thread.

Two floors removed from the cameras, the man they affectionately call “Karl” wants a moment to dish out hugs to employees, to friends, those who watched all those thrilling highs and crushing lows of arguably the franchise’s greatest pure talent. A gift whose unceremonious departure is being cursed.

“I wanted to say goodbye to everyone first,” says Karlsson. “I don’t think I’d ever in my wildest imagination thought I’d leave this place.”

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Videos- All About The Erik Karlsson Trade

Three videos total, the first is TSN on the trade, Craig Button gives the Sens a fail.

 

 

Below, Sportsnet on the trade and Erik Karlsson press conference.

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Erik Karlsson Traded To The San Jose Sharks

 

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added 2:40pm, San Jose release is below.

added 2:43pm, Ottawa release is below.

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The Erik Karlsson Watch Is On

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The Latest Talk Regarding Erik Karlsson

 

added 5:58pm, Elliotte Friedman was on Sportsnet today talking about Karlsson.

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The Ottawa Senators Will Not Give Away Erik Karlsson

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

If Karlsson isn’t traded by the time training camp opens Sept. 13 at the Canadian Tire Centre, then the expectation is he will report to honour his deal. He has been skating at the Bell Sensplex in Kanata off and on since late June to prepare for the start of next season — wherever that might take place.

If general manager Pierre Dorion is going to make this trade, it has to be right and he’s not going to give away a franchise player. The Senators are not going to get caught up in false deadlines. The reality is the organization will make this move when the timing and, more importantly, the return is right.

It’s believed five to six teams, including the Vegas Golden Knights, Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks, remain interested in Karlsson. It’s not known what the asking price is, but it would stand to reason that it’s likely hefty and includes multiple pieces.

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Erik Karlsson Has No Doubts Regarding His Ankle

from Chris Stevenson of The Athletic,

Karlsson made it clear he didn’t want to discuss the off-season developments with the Ottawa Senators, but he did address the condition of his surgically-repaired left ankle. Karlsson had surgery to repair torn tendons 13 months ago and it has been a long road back. He was wearing flip-flops at the Senators golf tournament last September because he couldn’t get his foot in his shoe. He didn’t skate with his teammates until Sept. 23 and he missed the first five games of the regular season....

“I think it’s better now than it was before because you work on it so much,” he said. “I’m very optimistic moving forward from here. It shouldn’t be an issue for me whatsoever, so that’s nice.”

Could he put a percentage on it?

“110 (per cent) probably,” he said, “it’s that good.”

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Tampa Bay Lightning Trying To Trade For Erik Karlsson

I tweeted these earlier this morning, but I do know many of you don't use Twitter, so here you go.

 

 

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The Latest On Erik Karlsson

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators offered Karlsson an eight-year contract extension Sunday, but speculation among NHL executives was that a deal with Ottawa was doubtful and the New York Post reported Monday night that teams involved in trade talks had been given permission to talk contract with Karlsson’s representatives.

If that’s the case, expect the San Jose Sharks to step efforts to try to obtain Karlsson after failing to get Tavares even though, according to NHL rumours, they had offered a more lucrative deal than the one he accepted from the Leafs....

Getting Karlsson could make this interesting, but another league executive said Monday the Sharks didn’t have a lot in their prospect pool to offer the Senators.

Plus the Sharks won’t be alone in pursuing Karlsson. It’s believed the Vegas Golden Knights, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals and New York Rangers are among the teams that have talked with Senators general manager Pierre Dorion.

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Erik Karlsson Still Belongs To The Ottawa Senators

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

General manager Pierre Dorion was fielding phone calls for Karlsson _ and several other players _ right up until the club made the No. 4 selection in the draft Friday night but the Senators couldn’t find the right fit and if you’re going to make a blockbuster deal it had better be good because he’s the best player in the deal.

The indications are the Vegas Golden Knights were among a group of teams that tried to push to get a deal done for Karlsson before the 31 teams headed to the draft table, however, the two sides are at a stalemate with the Senators pushing for a bigger return because he’s a franchise player.

Yes, the Golden Knights are prepared to take the four years and $7.25 million left on Bobby Ryan’s contract in return, but that’s not the only team interested in making a deal for Karlsson. League sources say the Carolina Hurricanes, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals and San Jose Sharks have all shown varying degrees of interest.

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Many Teams Showing Interest In Erik Karlsson

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

There are many teams around the NHL who believe that Karlsson could soon follow Hoffman out the door, maybe even this week as the league descends on Dallas for the draft.

Karlsson has been locked in at No. 1 on TSN’s Trade Bait board since February. Already at the top of the list, there is no way for No. 1 to trend upward but the talk on Karlsson is expected to drastically heat up in the coming days.

The Karlsson Watch is on.

Karlsson, 28, holds the keys to how this all plays out – armed with both a 10-team no-trade list and the fact that he is entering the final year of his contract, the destination must be a long-term fit. It’s unlikely any team would shell out significant assets without at least getting the green light from Karlsson’s camp on a potential new contract.

The Vegas Golden Knights remain at the centre of the Karlsson Watch, the team that went down to the wire with the Senators on deadline day in February.

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I Don’t Even Have A Headline For This

from Shaamini Yogaretnam of the Ottawa Citizen,

Melinda Karlsson has filed an order of protection against the longtime girlfriend of Senators forward Mike Hoffman — alleging a campaign of harassment that plagued the Karlssons after the death of their son and through much of the last NHL season, this newspaper has learned.

The application for a peace bond, sworn in front of Justice of the Peace Louise Logue on May 4, alleges that Monika Caryk, Hoffman’s partner, had threatened Melinda (neé Curry) and husband Erik Karlsson from November 2017 to the date the information was sworn to.

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Teams Will Have To Clear Cap Space For John Tavares Or Erik Karlsson

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

“Even if John Tavares or Erik Karlsson hit the market,” noted ex-Calgary GM Craig Button, now a commentator on NHL Network and TSN, “where are they headed, or where are they going?”

Karlsson, perhaps the most offensively skilled blue liner in the NHL, still has one year remaining at $6.5 million with the Senators. Rumors ran rampant at the February trade deadline that he would be dealt, a conversation that no doubt will be rekindled around the amateur entry draft.

Tavares just finished up a six-year deal that paid him $5.5 million a year. The salary cap for next season is expected to approach $80 million.

There could be teams willing to hand Tavares and/or Karlsson max deals, which would be for seven years at about $16 million per — substantially above the $10.5 million that both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane will earn with the Blackhawks at the top of the current pay pyramid next season.

At figures that high, noted Button, it makes for a quirky fit on any team’s cap structure.

“How do you even clear enough cap space to be able to get a Tavares or a Karlsson?” mused Button. “I’m not saying it can’t be done, but all of a sudden you are clearing out three players to get one and I’ve never figured out where that makes sense.”

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Evening Line -Eugene Melnyk

The Senators are holding a town hall meeing tonight with season ticke holders.

 

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New York Rangers Would Be A Good Landing Spot For Erik Karlsson

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

The Rangers GM is in good shape after initiating a brisk teardown. It was painful for the Original Six franchise to deal away Ryan McDonagh, J.T. Miller, Rick Nash, and Michael Grabner. But Gorton and his scouts are happier to have picks bulging from their pockets. At the draft in Dallas, the Melrose native could be winded following the five visits to the podium he could make in the first two rounds. At the same time, depending on how he approaches his restricted free agents, Gorton could have $10 million-plus available to pay Karlsson beginning in 2019-20.

It’s possible Gorton could follow former colleague Don Sweeney’s direction in 2015, when the Bruins kept all of their six picks in the opening two rounds. Or he could package some of those selections and dangle them in Dorion’s face. Ottawa has just one pick in the first three rounds: Pittsburgh’s No. 1 pick, courtesy of the Derick Brassard trade. Dorion desperately needs to get back in the draft game. Gorton can help him do so.

Karlsson would be an excellent No. 1 right-side defender ahead of Kevin Shattenkirk. Karlsson, perhaps in partnership with Brady Skjei, could help the Rangers gain traction in their rebuild. Karlsson would be another good example for Swedish teenager Lias Andersson, the No. 7 pick from 2017, to follow. Broadway can always use another star.

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Erik Karlsson May Have Played His Last Home Game For The Ottawa Senators

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

Will the two-time Norris Trophy winner as the National Hockey League’s top defenceman stay or will he be gone before the puck drops at Canadian Tire Centre again in October?

Karlsson has one year and $6.5 million remaining on his existing contract. Senators general manager Pierre Dorion has said the Senators will offer him a contract extension on July 1.

However, will Melnyk open up his wallet to pay Karlsson $80 million-$100 million on an eight-year extension to keep him here? If the cash doesn’t come here, Karlsson will receive $10 million-$12 million per season somewhere else.

Even if that contract is on the table — the Senators are also facing tricky summer negotiations with star forwards Mark Stone and Matt Duchene — will Karlsson, who turns 28 in May, buy into the planned re-tooling process that will be built around younger prospects? Moving to a big market team that spends to the NHL’s salary cap maximum could give Karlsson a faster track toward the ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup.

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Son Of Erik Karlsson And His Wife Melinda Passes Away

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators issued the following statement regarding team captain Erik Karlsson and his wife, Melinda.

"The collective thoughts and prayers of the Ottawa Senators organization, the city of Ottawa and entire hockey community rest with Erik and Melinda Karlsson following the loss of their son.

We ask that you respect the family's wishes for privacy during the grieving process."

 

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Erik Karlsson Still With The Ottawa Senators

from Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Citizen,

Though the Senators received interest from several teams — including the Tampa Bay Lightning, Vegas Golden Knights, San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators — nobody was willing to step up to the plate to acquire the 27-year-old Karlsson.

“We’re not going to hide the fact Erik Karlsson is a special player and he’s our franchise player,” Dorion said. “When I made it clear earlier in the year we weren’t very happy, multiple teams phoned about Erik and if a player of Erik Karlsson’s calibre was on the market, I’d be phoning and I’d probably be phoning every day.

“Erik is a franchise player and we felt there was no franchise deal out there that could satisfy us to make the best hockey deal.”

The Senators weren’t going to give Karlsson away and the indications are they wanted a big package in return which may have included five-to-six elements (first-round draft picks, legitimate NHL players and high-end prospects). That’s a difficult move for any contender to make.

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Evening Line- Ken Warren

At this point, it’s a circus, fast becoming a crisis situation for passionate Senators fans, who appear to have reached their breaking point with owner Eugene Melnyk. As the weekend arrived, they were wondering if they had already seen their captain play his final game for the team.

-Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen where you can read more on this topic.

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The Latest On Erik Karlsson

via Bob McKenzie tweets,

The forecast of what’s most likely to happen in the relative short term, IMO, would rank as follows: 1. Karlsson not traded now, but more likely in the summer. 2. Karlsson traded by Monday with Bobby Ryan in the deal. 3. Karlsson traded by Monday but no Bobby Ryan in deal.

1. Karlsson is arguably NHL’s top defenceman and top five, if not top three, players in the game. 2. The Senators are actively/seriously engaged in talks to trade him. 3. Even if it doesn’t happen by Monday, it may very well occur in the off-season. In any case, unique situation.

McKenzie has more tweets on this, so check them out if interested.

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Ottawa Should Trade Erik Karlsson Now

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Here’s the thing about trading Erik Karlsson: It’s never going to be easy.

Not now, in the rushed hours before Monday’s 3 p.m. ET deadline. Not in June at the entry draft, even with fewer cap constraints and more suitors. Not in July, when sign-and-trade scenarios could potentially come into play.

The only thing that changes over time with this type of franchise-altering decision is where the leverage lies. And for the next three-plus days the Ottawa Senators are in a more powerful position than they’re likely to find themselves afterwards.

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Afternoon Line- Bob McKenzie

We should simply state what we now believe to be patently obvious: The Ottawa Senators are open to the idea of trading Erik Karlsson by Monday.

Let’s not get into the semantics of whether they’re “shopping” Karlsson or just “listening.” We kind of went down that forked road with P.K. Subban and the Montreal Canadiens, didn’t we?

The reality is Ottawa Senators’ general manager Pierre Dorion has been, and still is, engaged in some level of trade dialogue for Karlsson with multiple NHL teams, certainly more than a half-dozen.

- Bob McKenzie of TSN where you can read more on this topic.

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Afternoon Line- Erik Karlsson

“We’ve been overthinking things for a long time now. We do have a good group of guys in here, good individual players in here and we know we can be a good team. We do have to relax a little bit and just play the game of hockey that we know we can, instead of (trying) to do the right thing all the time.”

-Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators.  Ken Warren of the Ottawa Sun has more including Karlsson on his contract.

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Not The Best Time To Trade Erik Karlsson

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Dealing Karlsson at this juncture doesn’t make sense and there’s a slim-to-none chance it’s going to happen in February.

League executives told Postmedia they believe the only untouchables on the club’s roster with the deadline looming for Dorion are alternate captain Mark Stone, Karlsson and possibly rookie blueliner Thomas Chabot.

Scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2019, Dorion can hold talks with Karlsson this summer to see what the defenceman’s salary demands are and where he envisions his future.

The Senators can offer him an eight-year extension while any team that signs him as a UFA can offer a seven-year term. Karlsson said Saturday night he wants to stay in Ottawa.

With a cap hit of $6.5 million through 2018-19, the belief is Karlsson’s camp will be looking for a long-term deal in the $10-to-$12 million range It will then be up to the organization to decide if it wants to make that kind of commitment.

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Evening Line- Pierre LeBrun

No question the priority remains for the Sens to try and sign Karlsson to a long-term deal as soon as possible this July, a year before his contract expires.

One way or another, his situation has to be ironed out by then, you cannot in a Canadian market allow a player of Karlsson’s superstar level enter next season in a walk year and expect that the ensuing mayhem surrounding that uncertainty won’t sink your team’s season.

-Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic. Read more (paid subscription) on Karlsson plus the Blues looking for help up front.

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Erik Karlsson On His Next NHL Contract

from Ken Warren at the Ottawa Sun,

Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson made it clear Thursday that he won’t be taking any hometown discount simply to stay with the club beyond next season.

“When I go to market, I’m going to get what I’m worth, and it’s going to be no less, no matter where I’m going,” Karlsson said following the club’s practice here Thursday, as the Senators aim to end a seven-game losing streak Friday against the New York Islanders.

“That’s the business part of it. That’s the way every player has been treated ever since this league has started, and I think the players have been a little bit on the other side of things when it comes to negotiations. I think it’s time to realize that when we go to the table, it’s business on both parts, not just (owners).”

Karlsson has this season and next season remaining on his current six-year, $45.5-million contract, and is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2018-19 season.

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Video- Erik Karlsson On Playing In Sweden

The Ottawa Senators face the Colorado Avalanche with the puck drop just after 2:00pm ET today.  The game is on NHL Network, TSN5, RDS and Altitude.

 

 

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Erik Karlsson Today

from Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com,

Erik Karlsson admits he was scared.

Four months ago, doctors removed half the ankle bone in the left leg of the Ottawa Senators defenseman during surgery to repair torn tendons.

During his recovery, doubt swirled through his head. How long would the recovery take? How effective could he be when he returned to the ice? Would he be able to maintain the same talent level that had made him the NHL's top scoring defenseman in three of the previous four seasons?

He was overcome with a sense of relief last week when he was able to return to the Senators lineup. Heading into their game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; RDS2, TSN5, NBCSP, NHL.TV), he has six assists in four games and has resumed his role as the catalyst on the power play.

At the same time, he says this is a different Karlsson than we are used to seeing. He insists he has lost some of the natural skill he possessed earlier in his career. The skate laceration that tore 70 percent of the Achilles tendon in his left leg in 2013 has taken a toll, as did the foot and ankle injuries he sustained last season.

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Erik Karlsson On His Ankle And Surgery

from Ian Mendes of TSN,

“It’s hard to truly say exactly what is different. It feels like I have a leather piece in my one ankle and you can’t really move it,” Karlsson told a crowd of reporters. “It’s going to take some getting used to, but again, I think I can manage this pretty well right now.”

The usually indefatigable Karlsson was noticeably short on breath during the first few answers he gave to the media, a clear sign that his conditioning is not quite in mid-season form. But Wednesday marked the first time the perennial Norris Trophy candidate skated on consecutive days since undergoing his surgical procedure.

Karlsson then raised a few eyebrows by describing that procedure in more detail than he had in the past. 

“They took half of my ankle bone out and the part that is still there should be as normal possible,” Karlsson revealed. 

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Erik Karlsson Had Surgery To Repair A Torn Tendon In His Foot Today

OTTAWA - Ottawa Senators (@Senators) general manager Pierre Dorion announced that captain Erik Karlsson had surgery earlier today to repair torn tendons in his left foot.

"Erik underwent surgery earlier today in Charlotte, N.C, to repair torn tendons in his left foot. The tears, which occurred during this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs, were found during an MRI as part of an extensive medical evaluation following the season."

"The recovery from this surgery is expected to take approximately four months. This timeline leaves us hopeful that Erik will be fully recovered and healthy to start the 2017-18 regular season."

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Video- Erik Karlsson In The Spotlight

via TSN,

Erik Karlsson is single handedly dominating the playoffs like no defenceman in generations. Despite two fractures in his foot, his wizardry has been there for all to witness. Michael Farber takes a closer look at the Senators' captain’s brilliance thus far in the postseason.

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A Look At Erik Karlsson

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

The first law of the NHL playoffs: Do not discuss your injuries. This dictum is for self-preservation, limiting but not eliminating the possibility of adding injury to injury. (Only martial law takes more liberties than hockey players.) Teams once hid behind the flimsy veil of the diagonal rule, which posited that if a banged-up player grudgingly acknowledged he might have a bum right ankle, he most likely had a separated left shoulder. When video ruined that ruse, the NHL defaulted to the murky world of the “upper-body injury” and the “lower-body injury” linguistic acrobatics that have been credited to the late Pat Quinn, the Hall of Fame coach who, not surprisingly, trained as a lawyer.

Then Erik Karlsson took out a Sharpie and drew a map.

The Senators’ defenseman can do practically anything he wants on the ice, and apparently off. Flouting convention and baffling teammates, he specified last week that the lower-body problem that had bedeviled him for a month was two hairline fractures in his left heel. Until that moment the only heel being heavily scrutinized in the Stanley Cup playoffs was professional irritant Ryan Kesler, the Ducks’ center who currently is tormenting Edmonton star Connor McDavid. “I’m not much for secrets,” Karlsson said before Ottawa’s second-round series against the Rangers. No kidding. He might as well have tweeted his ATM PIN.

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