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William Karlsson Settles On A Deal Before Arbitration


added 2:32pm, Vegas press release is below.

VEGAS (August 4, 2018) – Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, August 4, that the team has signed forward William Karlsson to a one-year contract through the 2018-19 season worth $5,250,000.

“William had a great year for us and we are excited to now have him under contract for next season,” said Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee.

Karlsson, 25, is coming off a career year with the Golden Knights in which he led the team in goals (43), points (78), and won the Lady Byng Award, which is given to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.

The Marsta, Sweden native recorded his 100th career point on Feb. 15 and now has 128 career points through four seasons in the NHL. He was acquired by the Golden Knights during the 2017 Expansion Draft.

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Paul's avatar

Karlsson was asking for $6.5M and the VGK offer was $3.5M.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 08/04/18 at 11:36 AM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

I think this feels right

Posted by ilovehomers on 08/04/18 at 12:21 PM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

I wish I could “settle” for $5.25 million. How, oh how, will he survive?

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 08/04/18 at 12:22 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Surprised he settled.

If he has a bad/lesser year this coming season… he’ll have to take a cut from the $5.25m, as opposed to maybe taking a cut from, say, $7m.

I would have thought he might want to get PAID this year, just in case.

Posted by Primis on 08/04/18 at 03:47 PM ET


Looks like a player who wants to continue playing for the team he’s on for a long time.

His was one of the more reasonable arbitration requests to start with.


Posted by Lefty30 on 08/05/18 at 03:33 AM ET

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