Blues GM v4
Joined: Nov 2016
I'm in the minority here in the fact that I like the deal for San Jose. Ideally they could've gotten the AAV a little lower, but we all knew it was going to be 8 years if he came back to San Jose. Plus we saw just how impactful EK was for them playing at about 60%, so what happens when he takes the time to heal up properly? That's a Cup contending team. I know it's going to result in a shuffling of the forward group, but it's clear that Karlsson's impact on the team when healthy is extraordinary.
Yes, they're going to be in trouble in the long haul. But the Sharks want this window to be open as long as possible. Having two of the best defensemen in the world locked up for the rest of their prime years is going to be huge for them. It's easier to find forwards than it is defenseman, and EK is truly one of a kind. If you can lock him up, do it. I like it for the Sharks.