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Ottawa Senators sign Erik Karlsson to a 7-year contract extension

Via the Canadian Press’s Chris Johnston, the Ottawa Senators are making a huge announcement regarding a player who would have been highly sought after, even in this day and age, as a restricted free agent:

BREAKING: #Sens agree to terms with Erik Karlsson on a seven-year contract extension. Details to follow.

Update: Here’s the press release from the Sens:

OTTAWA - Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a seven-year contract extension with all-star defenceman Erik Karlsson.

“We are extremely pleased to announce that Erik Karlsson’s contract has been extended for seven more years,” said Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. “Erik is the type of player and person that embodies an Ottawa Senator, and we are confident that on a personal basis, he will quickly become a role model for many of our young Sens fans and a great contributor to our community. We feel strongly that this long-term commitment will be great for both sides. As one of the cornerstones of our franchise, Erik will be a large part of the future success that Senators fans can look forward to.”

Update #2: From TSN’s Bob McKenzie:

Wow, that didn’t take long on the Karlsson contract. 7 years, annual cap hit of $6.5M.

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Itrusteddrrahmani's avatar

Great signing for them. Wish he was a Wing.  Interested to see how much they had to pay though.

Posted by Itrusteddrrahmani from Nyc by way of A2 on 06/19/12 at 08:21 PM ET

Itrusteddrrahmani's avatar

TSN McKenzie is reporting 6.5/yr…Big money.

Posted by Itrusteddrrahmani from Nyc by way of A2 on 06/19/12 at 08:26 PM ET


I’d rather have doughty anyday

Posted by jmiller on 06/19/12 at 08:39 PM ET


I’d rather have doughty anyday

Well, Ottawa doesn’t have him, so I guess that’s a moot point.

Posted by Garth on 06/19/12 at 08:40 PM ET

shazam88's avatar

Good for the Sens to wrap him up like this.  Karlsson could have made negotiations tougher and tried to squeeze a little more money from Melnyk.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 06/19/12 at 11:25 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Shucks.  Would’ve liked him in a Wings sweater.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 06/20/12 at 02:53 PM ET

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