Erik Karlsson and the San Jose Sharks have reportedly agreed to an eight-year max deal worth over $90 million. Karlsson joined the Sharks last year after spending most of the previous 8 seasons in Ottawa.
Karlsson played 53 games with the Sharks and helped them reach the Western Conference Finals.
In the regular season, he scored 3 goals and had 42 assists for 45 points.
Playing 19 postseason games he tallied 2 goals and 14 assists for 16 points.
There is no denying that Karlsson is a good defenseman, but is he really worth a max contract?
With the close to $12 million a year they have put towards Karlsson, they could have split that and signed a defenseman and help where they need it the most, on the wings.
According to the National Hockey League’s website, the Sharks currently have 4 right wingers and 2 of them are UFA’s.
Joonas Donskoi and Gustav Nyquist are both unrestricted free agents come July first.
Not to say it was a bad signing, because it was not, the Sharks could have just tried to get him cheaper and add some help on offense at the wings.