Sports: Why going all-in on Erik Karlsson is worth it to speed up Canadiens’ rebuild - - PressFrom - Canada
  •   
  •   
  •   

SportsWhy going all-in on Erik Karlsson is worth it to speed up Canadiens’ rebuild

23:41  04 june  2019
23:41  04 june  2019 Source:   sportsnet.ca

Sharks' Karlsson, Hertl won't play in Game 6

Sharks' Karlsson, Hertl won't play in Game 6 The San Jose Sharks will be shorthanded for Game 6 against the St. Louis Blues. All-Star defenseman Erik Karlsson and forward Tomas Hertl won't play in Tuesday's do-or-die clash, head coach Peter DeBoer told The Athletic's Kevin Kurz. DeBoer added that Sharks captain Joe Pavelski will be a game-time decision. Karlsson, Hertl, and Pavelski all left Game 5 with various ailments and did not return. Karlsson's been dealing with a nagging groin injury that cost him 29 games during the regular season. Despite the ailment, he's tied for second on the Sharks with 16 points during this playoff run.

After a report surfaced Tuesday morning that Erik Karlsson was hoping Montreal and Ottawa both fielded competitive offers for his services as a UFA this summer, Eric Engels goes into detail about why Karlsson would be worth spending big money on to speed up the Canadiens ' rebuild .

That 's why it 's worth it to make a big move NOW, also I have a feeling Thompson will be very important next season and we need to get the This is 100% worth it . We are all in . When a player like Erik Karlsson and Matt Duchene want to come to Montreal, you do what it takes to get them here.

Why going all-in on Erik Karlsson is worth it to speed up Canadiens’ rebuild© Jeff Roberson/AP sharks-defenceman-erik-karlsson-stands-on-ice-before-faceoff

MONTREAL—This is not an opportunity the Montreal Canadiens can turn away from, if it is in fact an opportunity being presented to them.

Assuming Don Brennan’s story in the Ottawa Sun checks out—that impending unrestricted free agent Erik Karlsson is hoping for competitive offers from the Ottawa Senators and Canadiens so his wife, Melinda, can be closer to the family she misses so dearly—the Canadiens must do everything possible to come out on the winning side of that battle.

Maybe on the surface that opinion flies in the face of a sound, long-term strategy Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin set in motion just a summer ago. Heck, we know it definitely belies the idea that Karlsson’s best days are behind him, that after having half his ankle bone removed in a 2017 surgery or after a groin injury forced him to miss time in San Jose, he just hasn’t been the same player.

Karlsson thanks Sharks organization, fans with free agency looming

Karlsson thanks Sharks organization, fans with free agency looming Karlsson thanks Sharks organization, fans with free agency looming

Going ' all in on Karlsson ' would help any team's rebuild or re -tool. Mike Green is the closest of those players to Karlsson and that guy is 33 right now and hasn’t had a good season since 2014/2015, imagine if he was signed 4 years ago in his 29 year old season for a premium rate and

All-Star defenseman Erik Karlsson and forward Tomas Hertl won't play in Tuesday's do-or-die clash, head coach Peter DeBoer told Assuming Don Brennan’s story in the Ottawa Sun checks out— that impending unrestricted free agent Erik Karlsson is hoping for competitive offers from the Ottawa

But we’re of the opinion that Karlsson, the 29-year-old Swede who has scored more points than any National Hockey League defenceman other than Brent Burns since the 2012 lockout, is still a superstar, will be a superstar for the foreseeable future, and that the Canadiens are still in desperate need of superstars.

So, if it means giving Karlsson a maximum-term contract of seven years and an $11-million annual salary so that he is paid fair value in comparison to his peers (see Doughty, Drew of the Los Angeles Kings), so be it. It might not end up costing that much, but even if it does the Canadiens should roll out the red carpet, land this superstar and then adjust elsewhere.

It doesn’t matter that the Canadiens already have Shea Weber and Jeff Petry slotted into top roles on the right side of their defence. It doesn’t matter that Noah Juulsen, Josh Brook and Cale Fleury are right-handed defencemen and promising prospects who are all on their way up. It doesn’t matter that the team has needs on the left side of its defence, either. Acquiring Karlsson, who is still among the best skaters in the world, arguably the best puck-moving defenceman in the world, and who can play upwards of 30 minutes a night in all situations, is the type of move that could allow the Canadiens to contend much sooner than expected — and that’s not an opportunity they can ignore.

Erik Karlsson nearing decision on future with Sharks, report says

Erik Karlsson nearing decision on future with Sharks, report says Karlsson, traded from Ottawa to San Jose ahead of this season, is expected to be one of the most coveted free agents on the market.

The Sharks said Wednesday that Karlsson had the operation last week and has already started rehabilitation. The team says Karlsson is expected to recover fully in the off-season and be ready More from Sportsnet. Why going all - in on Erik Karlsson is worth it to speed up Canadiens ' rebuild .

“I think in the next few days we ’ re going to learn a lot more about some of these UFAs and whether they’ re staying in their situations or if they’ re going ,” Elliotte Friedman said on the latest 31 More from Sportsnet. Why going all - in on Erik Karlsson is worth it to speed up Canadiens ' rebuild .

Making such a move doesn’t really force Bergevin back to the drawing board, anyway. His plan to infuse the roster with youth and speed can remain intact with the Canadiens owning considerable flexibility under a salary cap that’s rising to around $83 million for the 2019-20 season. In fact, there’s very little Bergevin would need to do ahead of this season to fit Karlsson in.

As it stands, Montreal has just over $71 million committed to 14 forwards, seven defencemen and two goaltenders. In other words, a full team, plus remaining restricted free agents Charles Hudon, Artturi Lehkonen and Joel Armia aren’t going to break the bank in contract negotiations.

Even if the latter two are in for considerable raises, fitting Karlsson under next season’s cap could boil down to a single minor move. Maybe it means trading 27-year-old Andrew Shaw, who just had a career season (19 goals and 47 points in 63 games) and is under contract for three more years at $3.9 million per. Maybe 30-year-old Paul Byron, who had 15 goals in 56 games after scoring at least 20 in both of the previous two seasons, proves more attractive to other teams as he embarks on a new four-year, $13.6-million deal signed last September. Or maybe Petry, who’s got two years left at $5.5 million per, is the ideal trade candidate—even if he has a no-movement clause in his deal that allows him to select 15 teams he wouldn’t go to.

Could Erik Karlsson return to the Senators in free agency?

Could Erik Karlsson return to the Senators in free agency? When the end of the San Jose Sharks' season arrived, the biggest question immediately became, "What would happen to Erik Karlsson?" The star defenseman is a free agent this summer, but was limited by injury at the end of the year and comes with plenty of question marks, including the draft pick compensation San Jose would need to send Ottawa if he re-signed. Karlsson tweeted out a cryptic thank you to the San Jose area, and immediately many started speculating that it would be the end of his time there. Speculation erupted, with landing spots like New York and Tampa Bay seeming the most likely.

Zdeno Chara would be shaken up and bloodied after taking a puck to the face in the second period of Game 4. Sportsnet Staff | @Sportsnet June 4, 2019, 5:36 PM. Canadian Press. Why going all - in on Erik Karlsson is worth it to speed up Canadiens ' rebuild .

Why going all - in on Erik Karlsson is worth it to speed up Canadiens ’ rebuild . Sportsnet "This is not an opportunity the Montreal Canadiens can turn away from, if it is in fact an opportunity being presented to them.

Tape II Tape
Ryan Dixon and Rory Boylen go deep on pucks with a mix of facts and fun, leaning on a varied group of hockey voices to give their take on the country’s most beloved game.

As much as all three of those players are embedded in the fabric of the current roster, you have to think their long-term futures in Montreal were already being weighed against the opportunity to add more young assets to the Canadiens via trade over the next couple of years. It could be that Shaw and Byron were pieces the Canadiens might dangle to get some help on the left side of the defence, or that Petry would net an A-level prospect or a first-round draft pick as a rental in a year’s time.

If acquiring Karlsson forces Bergevin to move quicker on those decisions, we’re sure he’d agree it’d be a good problem to have.

Another couple: Max Domi’s going to need a new contract next summer and if he’s every bit as good as he was in 2018-19 (he scored 28 goals and led the Canadiens with 72 points in 82 games) it’s going to cost a pretty penny. Two-time 30-goal scorer Brendan Gallagher will be due a major raise in the summer of 2021. And Tomas Tatar only has two more seasons left under contract. Those will all be tough situations for Bergevin to figure out if he commits big money and term to Karlsson.

Ship has sailed on potential Erik Karlsson return to Senators

Ship has sailed on potential Erik Karlsson return to Senators Reports of Erik Karlsson being open to an Ottawa Senators return surfaced on Tuesday. But as Wayne Scanlan writes, a page has turned and the Sens now belong to the young. The post Cabrera helps Tigers beat Rays, snap 10-game home losing streak appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

Edmonton’s made significant strides in building a respectable blueline over the past few years, but Karlsson is the Lets say Karlsson comes in around million per year. The cap will go up to ~ million next season Maybe elite defenceman age better than most, but Karlsson ’s still worth the risk.

Why going all - in on Erik Karlsson is worth it to speed up Canadiens ' rebuild - Sportsnet.ca. Assuming Don Brennan’s story in the Ottawa Sun checks out— that impending unrestricted free agent Erik Karlsson is hoping for competitive offers from the Ottawa Senators and Canadiens so his wife

But he’d have Erik Karlsson.

He’d have Karlsson, superstar goaltender Carey Price, Weber, Jonathan Drouin, likely Domi and some of the best up-and-coming players in the world in Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Ryan Poehling, Nick Suzuki, Alex Romanov, Brook and Fleury among others already in the Canadiens’ system.

The Atlantic Division is brimming with talent: Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and John Tavares in Toronto; Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos, Brayden Point and Victor Hedman in Tampa Bay; Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Charlie McAvoy in Boston; Jack Eichel, Casey Mittelstadt and Rasmus Dahlin in Buffalo; Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau are potentially being joined by Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky in Florida; Thomas Chabot, Brady Tkachuk and Erik Brannstrom are on the rise in Ottawa; and Dylan Larkin, Andreas Athanasiou and Filip Zadina anchor a young, talented core in Detroit.

So just having a chance to obtain one of the best players in the world is something the Canadiens would have to consider a blessing.

Read more

Cap comparables: Will Sharks regret huge Karlsson contract?.
Erik Karlsson decided he needn’t wait for July 1 to arrive before making a decision on his future. Here’s how his contract stacks up to other big-money deals inked in the NHL. The post Cap comparables: Will Sharks regret huge Karlsson contract? appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 3
This is interesting!