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TSN’s Yost looks at the positive or negative impacts of the ‘$6 million AAV club’

TSN's Travis Yost examines the "$6 million AAV club" of defensemen's respective impacts upon their employers, and he comes to the following conclusion(s):

1. It’s difficult to really find a beef with Erik Karlsson winning last season’s Norris Trophy. His team was significantly better by all three metrics with him on the ice (each comfortably clearing our above-referenced averages for the $6-million AAV Club). What’s interesting, though, is just how similar two defencemen – Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang, and Florida’s Brian Campbell – look here. Letang was having an absolutely monstrous season for the Penguins and had the raw point totals that voters love before his season was cut short due to injury. Say what you will about his sometimes-wild, sometimes over-tempo style of play – it clearly has a beneficial impact on Pittsburgh, much like Karlsson has for Ottawa. As for Brian Campbell, I recall a time when the general consensus about his contract was “it’s a disaster, and he’s borderline untradeable”. He’s been a machine for a few years now, though it's fair to wonder if his age – he turned 36 last May – is going to start having a depreciable impact.

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NHL announces 1st and 2nd All-Star Teams

From the NHL:


LAS VEGAS (June 24, 2015) -- Left wing Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, who earned his seventh career berth on the First All-Star Team, heads the list of players voted to the 2014-15 National Hockey League postseason All-Star Teams. Also a three-time honoree on the Second Team, Ovechkin’s 10 career postseason All-Star Team selections are the most among active players.

Six of Ovechkin’s seven career First Team berths have come at left wing (he was voted to the First Team at right wing in 2012-13). The only left wings in NHL history with more First Team selections are Bobby Hull (10) and Ted Lindsay (eight).

Joining Ovechkin on the First Team are three first-time selections: goaltender Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens, center John Tavares of the New York Islanders and right wing Jakub Voracek of the Philadelphia Flyers. The squad also features a pair of defensemen who have been selected to the First Team for the second time, Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators and P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens.

Among those named to the Second Team is Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, voted to his fifth career postseason All-Star berth (3 First Team, 2 Second Team). Defensemen Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators both have landed a spot on the Second Team for the second time, while Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn, Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk and St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko are making their first career appearance on the Second Team.

Voting for the All-Star Team is conducted among representatives of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association at the end of the regular season.

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Simmons talks Leafs GM and Hawks/Bolts’ cap management

Among the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' Sunday notes:

Word is that Mike Babcock is pushing for [Mark] Hunter to be named general manager of the Leafs. Brendan Shanahan would be wise to look elsewhere. Shanahan needs Hunter to find players. A general manager won’t be able to spend the kind of time scouting that the Leafs require to properly rebuild. Hunter may want the job but the practicality of it doesn’t make sense...

Those who say this is the last shot for the Chicago Blackhawks aren’t really paying attention. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith — the best 1-2-3 in hockey — are signed through 2023. Corey Crawford is signed until 2020. Marian Hossa is signed through 2021. Niklas Hjarmalsson is signed until 2019. So if you lose a Patrick Sharp here, a Brad Richards there and sign Johnny Oduya, Brandon Saad and Brent Seabrook to new deals, there’s no reason this kind of success can’t continue for several more years...

Two more things on Keith: 1) His cap hit is $5.5 million, making his contract one of the best in hockey. By comparison, the Dion Phaneuf contract looks ridiculous. 2) Should the Blackhawks win Saturday night, Keith may be the leading candidate to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, but he’s not a Norris Trophy finalist. For the record, he was on my ballot, ahead of both P.K. Subban and Erik Karlsson, who are up for the award.


If Steve Yzerman can juggle the salary cap prudently, the Tampa Bay Lightning will be Stanley Cup contenders for years. Steven Stamkos, Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat, Victor Hedman and Alex Killorn are all 25 and under. And figuring they pick up some assets for the disappointing Jonathan Drouin, that should make them even stronger...

When Brian Lawton tried to acquire defenceman Tomas Kaberle when he was general manager in Tampa, the Leafs first asked for college kid Alex Killorn. That conversation didn’t last long.

Simmons continues, discussing the usual potpourri of sports topics...

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Simmons talks Norris and Hart trophy candidates

Among the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' mostly Maple Leaf and/or Toronto-centric Sunday sports notes:

Mark Giordano’s season-ending injury has complicated voting for the Norris Trophy. Somehow, between Shea Weber, Drew Doughty, the alleged embellisher P.K. Subban, Ryan McDonagh, the re-emerging Erik Karlsson and Duncan Keith, it’s a tough ballot to figure out. Said a pro scout: “If I’m voting the first half of the season, I’m voting Giordano. If I’m voting the second half, I’m taking Karlsson. He’s back skating like he was before injury. But if I’m voting for the whole season, Weber is the pick. He does everything well."

The Minnesota Wild are 14 games over .500 with Devan Dubnyk in goal and nine games under .500 in games he hasn’t played. The Coyotes were two games over .500 in games Dubnyk played in Arizona and are now 31 games under .500 without him. Can you say Hart Trophy candidate — just after Carey Price?

Mike Santorelli has been a disaster in Nashville thus far: He has one assist in 14 games with the Predators. No doubt he’s regretting walking away from that multi-year offer in Toronto.

Simmons continues...

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Erik Karlsson lays out Evander Kane with a lovely hip check

Most nights, I spend the "night shift" watching and waiting for a controversial hit to pop up, but on Saturday, Erik Karlsson laid out Evander Kane with a beautiful, legal and non-injury-inducing hip check instead:

Winnipeg defeated Ottawa 2-1 in a shootout and Kane played 21:30, so he was fine.

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Bobby Ryan With A Seven-Year Contract Extension In Ottawa

via Elliotte Friedman tweets,

Hearing OTT signs Bobby Ryan to a 7-year extension. AAV just over $7m per.

Ryan extension: 7 years, $50.75M

Watch the announcement live below...

added 9:35am, Erik Karlsson named captain at the press conference too.

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Video- Who’s The Next Captain Of The Ottawa Senators?

Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen was on Fan590 today to discuss the next captain of the Ottawa Senators.

Most people would say Erik Karlsson would be the guy but Warren says not so fast...


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Senators’ Karlsson answers questions about captaincy, media spotlight

Mid-to-late August is the time of year that most NHL players--at least those who have established longer-term homes in particular locales--begin showing up near their places of employment.

Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson's return to Canada's capital yielded some, let's say slightly uncomfortable questions regarding possibly succeeding Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza as the Senators' captain, as noted by the Canadian Press's Lisa Wallace (the Senators' website posted an 11:37 clip of Karlsson's media availability, too)...

“Obviously it’s something I wouldn’t say no to (but) it’s not something I’m going to ask for,” the star defenceman said Monday. “I think whoever takes that decision is going to make the right one and whether it’s me or someone else I think it’s going to be good for the team and good for the organization.”

The Senators are once again in search of a new captain as Jason Spezza — who replaced longtime captain Daniel Alfredsson — was traded to the Dallas Stars this past summer. Spezza wore the “C” for just one season before requesting a trade from Senators management.

“As a friend point of view it’s sad to see him go and I wish him all the best,” Karlsson said. “It’s part of the business unfortunately. He’s been here for a long time and felt that he needed to move on. It’s just one of those things you learn to deal with as a professional athlete.”

And Karlsson certainly seems to have blunted the edge of his spar-worthy tiff with the Senators' particularly team-critical media corps:

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Should the Senators lean on ‘Captain’ Karlsson?

The Ottawa Sun's Don Brennan believes that the Senators should name Erik Karlsson their next captain, but Brennan's also not sure if the "C" fits:

Off the ice, Karlsson also displayed a lack of maturity last season by ripping a major sponsor on Twitter, more than once. Everybody gets frustrated by phone or cable issues, but a real leader of an NHL team doesn't criticize publicly those who help pay his hefty salary just because he has trouble making a connection.

Karlsson can be a good captain at some point. He's only 24, and he's smart. He'll learn. And maybe giving him the 'C' now will expedite his growth. The Senators have to only hope.

Karlsson will also have to grow a couple of layers of thick skin if he's going to wear the most prestigious letter in a true hockey market. With it comes even more scrutiny of one's game, Spezza can tell him. Karlsson knows all that is written and said about him as is. Can he continue to handle the negatives as well as the positives the way Daniel Alfredsson could? Or like Spezza, will he too have a breaking point?

The Senators will debate the options when making their final decision on naming a captain. The problem with this team is there are no slam-dunk choices.


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Down goes Lundqvist?

The Free Press's Helene St. James, writing for USA Today, reports that Team Sweden suffered from a friendly fire incident at today's pratcice:

The Swedes have a joke about defenseman Erik Karlsson: He has one speed, and that's wrecking ball.

They are on him about slowing down in practice, though, because Monday morning at Bolshoy Training Rink, Karlsson knocked down star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist giving chase to Loui Eriksson, and wiped out star scorer Daniel Alfredsson.

"That's a tough thing," Alfredsson said, "because he really wanted to catch Loui on the breakaway and threw himself down, and Henrik was trying to make the save, and they just pummeled each other. We can laugh at it now because it wasn't too serious, but it gave everybody a big scare."

St. James continues, and the Canadians and Americans are speaking to the media at the time I'm writing this (3:48 AM)...

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Marc-Andre Fleury flashes the leather, stops Karlsson

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made a fantastic save on Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson en route to a 2-1 Penguins win on Monday night:

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Karlsson Talking Again

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

"What do you want to know?," said Karlsson with a laugh to a throng of reports. "It's been a little while and I'm just focusing on getting the game together. For me, personally, I needed a little break.

"We've been winning games and I've been feeling better about my game. Everybody needs a little time off sometimes."

Karlsson said his New Year's tweet that "2013 was the worst year ever" wasn't the reason he decided to go silent.

"It was just bad timing," he said. "It had nothing to do with that. It was just a personal choice and getting some time off on the road. We were gone for awhile ... Just focusing on playing and winning games and we accomplished that."


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Why Won’t Erik Karlsson Talk?

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Karlsson, aka The Silent Superstar, can have no real good reason to pull a boycott that started Jan. 1, one he temporarily lifted following the Colorado game and was scheduled to do again after the Wild affair.

In Denver, when he popped out minus his shirt and saw the TV cameras, Karlsson joked "I guess you don't want me to be naked."

I told him I was just happy to be seeing him at all.

"I've been dodging you guys a bit," Karlsson replied with a little chuckle. I said yes, then added: "And I thought we were friends?"

Replied Karlsson: "Always."

Apparently not.

I don't know for sure why we're getting stiffed by Karlsson. I do know that on New Years Eve, he tweeted something about 2013 being the worst year of his life, and that my bosses wanted me to ask him why. If it's personal, all he has to say is he wants to keep his private life private. That's cool. I wouldn't push him. I'd respect that.

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Morning Line

"We started pretty well. We kept pace and then, all of a sudden, we just quit and all of a sudden we don't play ice hockey anymore.

"I think we try and we want to play well but we just can't for 60 minutes. It's the small things. It's not anything major. It's just that extra bump, extra stride or extra pass.

"We can't string it together for a long period of time and then it's going to be back in the back of our net."

-Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators after losing to Boston 5-0 last night.  More on the Senators from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun.

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The Ups And Downs Of Erik Karlsson

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

...as the Senators have struggled defensively, so has Karlsson. He is minus-4 in his last two games, minus-2 on the season. He has made bad decisions that have resulted in odd-man rushes the wrong way. He has committed a number of glaring errors in his own end. Twice in the past half-dozen games he has allowed an opponent to step out from the corner to score — most recently, Philadelphia’s Kimmo Timonen, for the winner.

He has also taken considerable heat for his mistakes.

When he was an intermission guest on TV Tuesday, Karlsson was commended for a fine defensive play earlier in the game. He chuckled, and feigned surprise that something positive he did in that end of the ice would actually be noticed.

Clearly, he’s aware of all the criticism. But he’s also able to shrug it off.

“The way I play the game, I’m never going to get credit for anything but my offence, putting up points,” said Karlsson. “That’s what people are going to write about and people are going to notice. The other stuff is just kind of ... (people) gotta have something to complain about.”

What helps make Karlsson so good offensively is the same something that is presently hindering him defensively. He’s a risk-taker, a gambler. And these days, he’s losing a few too many of his bets.


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Afternoon Line

Paul MacLean on the limited ice time Erik Karlsson saw in the first period..


Karlsson played just over four minutes in the first period but did end up with 21:04 of total ice time for the game.

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Battle of Ontario: Sens Fall to the Leafs in the Shootout

The 'Battle of Ontario' was rejoined tonight as the Maple Leafs played their home opener against the Ottawa Senators. As they have since 1931, the 48th Highlanders opened the season for the Leafs - but the team chose to come out to the stylings of Metallica, instead:


While some things may stay the same, at least one thing would change. For the first time in 18 years, the inter-Provincial rivalry will not include Daniel Alfredsson. It made for much less booing, but no less scoring.

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Senators Win Goaltending Duel in Buffalo

Updated 10:45pm with video from NHL.com

As I write this post, David Poile's Predators are down by one in Denver. (update: now down by 2 as I post it)

But he should probably still be a happy man - because two of the guys competing for his attention in hopes of becoming team USA's starting goaltender in Sochi were putting on a clinic in Buffalo. 

Craig Anderson and Ryan Miller stopped 80 of a combined 81 shots (Senators 46, Sabres 35) in a game that seemed like it would never see a goal until Miller's shutout bid was finally broken with 1:35 left in the third on a shot from Erik Karlsson. 

Watch the goal that finally beat Miller below.

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Senators Start Answering Questions in the Pre-season

Going into the first pre-season game of the year, Ottawa Senators' fans had a few questions. Two of the most pressing questions are whether or not Erik Karlsson will be able to fully recover from having his Achilles' tendon partially severed by the skate blade of Matt Cooke and return to Norris Trophy form. Another was whether the newly acquired Bobby Ryan would be able to find chemistry with linemate Milan Michalek and newly minted Captain Jason Spezza (both of whom are also returning from a season plagued by injuries) and justify the heavy price paid to bring him in from Anaheim (former first rounder Stefan Noeson, former Swedish MVP Jakob Silfverberg, and the club's first rounder in 2014). 

Of course, no pre-season matchup is going to put those kinds of questions to rest - but all the signs were certainly positive in the Sens 3-1 win over the Jets in Winnepeg last night. 

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Erik Karlsson Returns Tonight

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Melnyk’s Forensic Report Not Yet Complete

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

While the forensic investigation into whether the Pittsburgh Penguins’ shift disturber intentionally sliced the Achillies tendon of the club’s top defenceman on Feb. 13 continues, Melnyk won’t speak until the results are complete.

“Look, it’s got nothing to do with settling down,” said Melnyk. “I’ve committed to not say anything about it until we’ve completed everything we need to do, and speak to the league about it.

“I’ll do anything I have to do to protect my players. It’s as simple as that, and that’s exactly what I’m doing there, and after that I can’t really comment.

“It’ll take a couple of months before anything really comes out.”

Melnyk doesn’t believe there will be retribution against Cooke when he arrives here Monday with the Penguins.

“I don’t think so. We don’t care about those kinds of players,” said Melnyk. “They’re not the ones we’re worried about for Pittsburgh. We have to worry about the elite players and that’s what they’re going to be focused on.

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Erik Karlsson Cleared For Contact

And after practice...


Word is he is shooting for the playoffs for his return.

added 2:11pm, Bruce Garrioch of Off The Posts has more from Karlsson,

How close are you?
KARLSSON: “It’s tough to say. One thing is going to be going into the corners and having a guy on (me). Just those small movements and the timing of it all is going to be the key. The more I practice and drills, I will have a better sense. This was the first day. It felt good but it doesn’t feel like it used to.”


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Karlsson Skating, Could He Return Soon?

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

People were stunned that the Senators would use a first-round pick to draft a 150-lb. defenceman from Sweden in the first place, never mind that, two years later and only a few meatballs heavier, the same kid would score 45 points in his rookie NHL season.

Nobody dreamed that, the very next October, at the tender age of 21, he would begin a march to the Norris Trophy, edging such imposing, polished veterans as Zdeno Chara and Shea Weber in voting done for the league's best blue-liner award.

But this? Really? This is something else.

Seven weeks after having his Achilles tendon sliced, Erik Karlsson has been on the ice with Senators skating coach Mark Power, making his way toward a comeback from an injury that's supposed to keep a normal human out of action for at least six months.

continued and you can watch a video of Karlsson on the ice here (CBC).

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Karlssonn Meets With The Media

from Ken Warren of Senators Extra,

Ottawa Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson was in positive spirits Friday morning, vowing that “I will be back.”

Speaking publicly for the first time since having Achilles tendon surgery after having the back of his leg cut by Pittsburgh Penguins agitator Matt Cooke Feb. 13, Karlsson insisted that it will do him no good to dwell on the negatives.

“I can’t get my head down because of this thing,” he said. “It’s just going to make me feel worse. I’ve got to try and stay positive. Every time, I’m around the locker room, I’m going to be a happy guy.”

Karlsson, 22, recognizes that it’s highly unlikely that he will be able to return before the 2013-14 season – the regular recovery time from Achilles surgery is six to eight months – but he suggested that he will “never say never” to the possibility of being back should the Senators go on an extended playoff run.

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Ottawa’s Playoff Chances Now Slim

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

When Matt Cooke’s skate sliced into the achilles tendon of Erik Karlsson’s left leg Wednesday, Ottawa’s playoff hopes went pfffttt. The Senators have trudged along without their No. 1 centre Jason Spezza, who had back surgery to repair some discs, but having to play without the incredibly gifted defenceman Karlsson, who won the Norris trophy last season, and looked like he might do it again a month into this lockout season,  is the cruellest of blows.

They won’t be able to do it.

There is no more dominating player in the game today than Karlsson, who had six goals and was playing half the game    on some nights. He has the puck on his stick all night long, and 90 percent of the time he is doing something very good with it. In many games, he’s not only unstoppable but he’s also indefatigeable. He can easily play 27, 28, 30 minutes a night, without breaking  a sweat.  Now, he’s likely out for the season, needing surgery, the victim of a sharp blade on an exposed leg in a tangle of bodies.

The Senators are crying foul because it was Matt Cooke and we all know his head-hunting rep, although he has calmed down dramatically the last season or so after having no choice but to change his style or he was out of the league.  The Senators have every right to be fingering Cooke off his rap sheet, but  after watching the play over and over, it looks like an accident. Cooke rode him into the boards and his leg came down on  the back of Karlsson’s just above the top of his skate-boot. Not hard, but skate blades are sharp, very sharp.


added 9:33am,


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Video- Karlsson Takes A Skate To The Back Of The Leg


added 9:29pm,





Watch the TSN broadcast of the injury below...

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Karlsson Says Early Contract Talks Have Gone Well

from Allen Panzeri of Sens Extra,

Erik Karlsson doesn’t see himself having to hold out to get the contract he wants from the Ottawa Senators.

The 22-year-old defenceman said that preliminary talks have gone well and there are no apparent issues that would prevent the completion of a deal well before the start of the season.

He said his preference would be to sign a long-term deal, since he wants to stay in Ottawa for “a long time,” but he’s confident the two sides can reach a deal with which they’re comfortable.

That could take some delicate negotiating, especially after Senators owner Eugene Melnyk cautioned Karlsson in early May that his demands would have to be “reasonable.”


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Will Erik Karlsson Be Reasonable In His Salary Negotiations?

from Allen Panzeri of Senators Extra,

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk set the stage for a tough contract battle with Erik Karlsson by saying the 21-year-old defenceman will have to be “reasonable” in his contract demands.

In a year-end conference call with the Ottawa media on Monday, Melnyk said the Senators can’t go “toe-to-toe” in spending with the big-market teams, suggesting that players, and in particular Karlsson, will have to take a haircut to play in Ottawa.

“From our perspective everyone has to be reasonable,” he said.

“All we can offer is opportunity, and that is to be part of a great organization with a shot.

“If you want to be part of that, our doors are open.

“We can pay you, but it has to be within a reasonable budget.”


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Afternoon Line

Karlsson on Lundqvist: “He’s had a good year and everyone’s happy for him, but hopefully it’s time for him to go home.”

-Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators, via Erin Nicks tweet.

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Karlsson Entering Record Territory

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Erik Karlsson has a chance to be one Super Swede.

While the Senators’ blueliner has already rewritten the franchise record book for points and is one goal shy of breaking Steve Duchesne’s mark (20) for goals by a defenceman, he is closing in on another significant mark.

With five games left in the regular season, Karlsson, who has 76 points, is only five points from breaking Nicklas Lidstrom’s all-time record of 80 in one season by a Swedish defenceman, set in 2005-06 with the Red Wings.

Karlsson, 21, has already moved into a third-place tie among Swedes with former Maple Leafs great Borje Salming, who had 76 points in 1977-78 and set the mark with 78 points in 1976-77 until Lidstrom broke it.


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The Karlsson For Norris Talk

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson has been dazzling enough this season that any discussion of his impact seems to include a comparison to the two most accomplished defensemen in NHL history.

Karlsson, 21, has been compared to a young version of Swedish countryman Nicklas Lidstrom because of the way he sees plays unfolding. Also, he has a chance to be the youngest player to win the Norris Trophy since 20-year-old Bobby Orr won it in 1968.

“His speed, vision, puck carrying, and passing skills make him one of the more gifted offensive players in the league,” said NBC analyst Pierre McGuire, a former NHL coach. “He is also just scratching the surface of his skills, too.”

Karlsson is seventh in the NHL in scoring with 67 points and he’s 23 points ahead of No. 2 defenseman Brian Campbell of the Florida Panthers.

“I think he plays a little bit like Nick did early in his career,” said Senators general manager Bryan Murray, who coached Lidstrom in Detroit years ago. “Nick took chances early in his career, but he knew how to get his body back in good position. And Karlsson is very fast about getting back.”


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Erik Karlsson Fined For Slash

NEW YORK (March 6, 2012) – Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson has been fined $2,500, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for slashing Florida Panthers forward Sean Bergenheim in NHL Game No. 977 on Sunday, March 4, in Sunrise, Fla., the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 14:06 of the third period. A minor penalty for slashing was assessed to Karlsson.

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What To Pay RFA-To-Be Erik Karlsson?

from Ken Warren of Senators Extra,

Erik Karlsson is going to strike it rich this summer, whether he wins the Norris Trophy as the National Hockey League’s top defenceman or not.

Here are a few words of caution, though, for those asking Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray to lock him up to a contract for the next decade or so: Alexei Yashin, Rick DiPietro, Vincent Lecavalier. Scott Gomez, Shawn Horcoff, Chris Pronger, James Wisniewski.

Almost every organization that has been handicapped by an endless contract or two. There’s a book in there somewhere, a story of busts and buyouts and broken bones that never mended properly. Teams have been forced to lick their wounds – few are in the position of the New York Rangers, who have buried Wade Redden and his colossal contract in the minors – while the money burns.


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Karlsson Remains Hot In Ottawa

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Maybe Senators owner Eugene Melnyk was right.

Maybe Erik Karlsson will become of the “greatest defencemen of all-time” because it doesn’t look like there’s any stopping him and the Senators judging by Wednesday night’s performance at Scotiabank Place.

Karlsson rewrote the record book, setting a franchise record for assists (47) by a blueliner with three points in a 5-2 victory over the Washington Capitals and helping to extend Ottawa’s winning streak to four games.

Not only did he open the scoring, he assisted on both of Milan Michalek’s goals.

Karlsson’s second helper beat the old mark of 46 set by Norm Maciver in the Senators’ inaugural season of 1992-93.

With 12 points in his past five games, Karlsson pulled within four points of Maciver’s franchise points record for blueliners (63). With 20 games left, Karlsson won’t just break the mark, he’ll likely shatter it.


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Do You Consider Erik Karlsson A Norris Candidate?

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

It was Erik Karlsson’s time to shine.

While captain Daniel Alfredsson was the star of the NHL all-star show, the Senators defenceman also received top billing as the hockey world found out how good this 21-year-old has the potential to be.

If he wasn’t already getting consideration for the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenceman, he certainly is now.

He probably won’t beat Zdeno Chara or Nicklas Lidstrom in voting, but at least Karlsson should be on the ballot.

“(All-star weekend was) great for him,” said teammate Jason Spezza.

Actually, it couldn’t be better.


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No Penalty, He’s A Diver

from Allen Panzeri of Senators Extra,

However, MacLean was incensed that the Ducks’ Ryan Getzlaf wasn’t penalized when he tripped Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson in the closing minutes and that referee Dan ORourke explained he wasn’t making the call because Karlsson was a diver.

“The referee informed us that (Karlsson) was a diver,” MacLean said. “We were a little bit disappointed.

“Erik Karlsson leads the league in points by a defenceman, he’s an elite skater in the league, and, to this point in time, I can never remember him taking a dive.

“If it’s not a penalty, it’s not a penalty, but I don’t think you should be accusing someone of being a diver. That’s a pretty serious accusation, isn’t it?”

more on the game…

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