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Sens in no hurry to re-sign Karlsson

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10:49 AM ET 06.02 | There have been no formal contract talks between the Senators and defenceman Erik Karlsson. The calender has turned to June, which means the Senators' top blueliner is now less than a month away from becoming a restricted free agent on July 1 and the start of camp is more than three months away. So there isn't any urgency to get a deal done, but league sources told the Sun the Senators might be in no hurry for heated talks. With the CBA between the players and NHL set to expire Sept. 15 and discussions expected to begin with the NHLPA early next month, there is going to be plenty on the table to discuss in a new deal. Sources say the NHL might try to negotiate a salary cap for players coming out of entry-level deals in the new CBA. Whether it will happen is a longshot, but it's something that's being bandied about. While it's doubtful those kinds of restrictions would fly with the union, a cap would prevent the type of eight-year, $56-million deal that Kings defenceman Drew Doughty signed last fall to set the marketplace. Karlsson, the NHL's top-scoring defenceman with 78 points this season, is expected to shoot for the moon in contract talks.

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June 2, 2012  10:58 AM ET



Sign him Bwian.

June 2, 2012  11:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Sign him Bwian.

Just wait till the fall and watch Bwian sweat.

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June 2, 2012  12:04 PM ET

I have to tell you, I didn't think he was worth getting a good raise, but check out this...

Erik Karlsson: 37 Goals, 112 Assists-First 3 years/216 Games. +/- Minus 19 average 3 years.
Nick Lidstrom: 28 Goals, 99 Assists - First 3 years/248 games. Never had a year in the minus.
Paul Coffee: 98 Goals, 213 Assists - First three years NHL/234 games. Had a few off years in PIT later in his years for the +/-, but otherwise always a plus.
Mr. Orr: 45 Goals, 91 Assists - First three years/173 games. Never had a year in the minus.

Mr. Orr's team the first two years were crap. They won a cup in the third year. Lidstrom was on a very good team his whole career. Coffee played when goals were scored by the dozens and defense was not practiced.

But, damn, the numbers say he is in for a good raise. What would he be like on a better team? Maybe a Toronto fan can tell me what his character is like? Is he worth Chara Money?

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June 2, 2012  12:25 PM ET

The guy is in for a big raise, but being a RFA he still is going to end up dealing with the Sens. As the article points out there are a lot of questions about next season that no one can answer right now, so why would either side want to sign a deal right now when the rules may all change in a couple months?

June 2, 2012  12:59 PM ET

Call me crazy, but I wouldn't pay him. It just eats up way too much $$ for a gamble he'll stay on that level (or improve)

June 2, 2012  01:29 PM ET

Thing is this guy is playing at a normal level for a Swede, and to let him go would be crazy. But the Wings have enough money now to grab him.

June 2, 2012  01:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I have to tell you, I didn't think he was worth getting a good raise, but check out this...Erik Karlsson: 37 Goals, 112 Assists-First 3 years/216 Games. +/- Minus 19 average 3 years.Nick Lidstrom: 28 Goals, 99 Assists - First 3 years/248 games. Never had a year in the minus.Paul Coffee: 98 Goals, 213 Assists - First three years NHL/234 games. Had a few off years in PIT later in his years for the +/-, but otherwise always a plus.Mr. Orr: 45 Goals, 91 Assists - First three years/173 games. Never had a year in the minus.Mr. Orr's team the first two years were crap. They won a cup in the third year. Lidstrom was on a very good team his whole career. Coffee played when goals were scored by the dozens and defense was not practiced. But, damn, the numbers say he is in for a good raise. What would he be like on a better team? Maybe a Toronto fan can tell me what his character is like? Is he worth Chara Money?

Well someone might just sign him although I don't think you can put poison pills in NHL contracts so Ottawa will be forced to match

June 2, 2012  02:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Thing is this guy is playing at a normal level for a Swede, and to let him go would be crazy. But the Wings have enough money now to grab him.

I'm sure the Wings won't mind giving up a few of their 1st round picks for Karlsson. The Wings seem to always manage to finish in the top 10 in the standings. And all the good draft picks are picked over by then anyway.

In Holland we trust.

June 2, 2012  02:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

The Wings have enough money now to grab him.

And .... that's after the Wings grab Parise, Suter and Weber. ;-)

June 2, 2012  02:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

And .... that's after the Wings grab Parise, Suter and Weber. ;-)

roamer is that your inner Argo

June 2, 2012  06:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Sign him Bwian.

What no tweety?

June 2, 2012  10:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

roamer is that your inner Argo

:-)

June 3, 2012  01:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Mr. Orr's team the first two years were crap. They won a cup in the third year.

okay couple correction the Bruins sucked in his 1st season but with the trade (robbery)for Espo Hodge and Stanfield they were a good team in his 2nd season they lost to the Habs in his 3rd season winning the cup in his 4th when he became the only D-man to win the Art Ross trophy

June 3, 2012  01:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

okay couple correction the Bruins sucked in his 1st season but with the trade (robbery)for Espo Hodge and Stanfield they were a good team in his 2nd season they lost to the Habs in his 3rd season winning the cup in his 4th when he became the only D-man to win the Art Ross trophy

what's with the screwed up count here

June 3, 2012  03:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

:-)

murder by numbers

June 3, 2012  12:29 PM ET

The league can't stand another lock out.

June 3, 2012  04:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

The league can't stand another lock out.

Me neither.

 
June 4, 2012  12:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Call me crazy, but I wouldn't pay him. It just eats up way too much $$ for a gamble he'll stay on that level (or improve)

You are crazy

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