Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/15/12 at 01:07 PM ET
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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