The San Jose Sharks have kept one of the leading free agents off the market and signed an eight-year deal with defender Erik Karlsson for more than $ 11 million a season.
The contract makes Karlsson The 29-year-old is the highest paid defender in the league and barely surpassed the eight-year, $ 88 million deal signed by Kings & # 39; Drew Doughty last summer. According to the NHL CBA, the Sharks were the only team that Karlsson could offer for eight years. As an unrestricted free agent, another team could only reach up to seven players.
The Sharks received six-time All-Star and two-time Norris Trophy winners from the Senators in September. Since signing again with San Jose, Ottawa receives a draft pick for the second round.
Karlsson had to take an aggressive break for a year, as his injuries limited him to 54 games last season. His three goals were the lowest of his career. His 45 points were the lowest since 201
Karlsson had 62 points for the Senators last season, 71 the year before and a career high of 82 in the 2015-2016 season.