Sharks re-sign­ing Karlsson sets ta­ble for busy NHL off­sea­son

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer

Erik Karlsson had no wan­der­lust to test the free agent mar­ket be­fore re-sign­ing in San Jose.

“I never thought out­side that box,” Karlsson said. “I’m happy that it didn’t get to that.”

A hand­ful of other teams aren’t so happy be­cause the two-time Nor­ris Tro­phy-win­ning de­fense­man would have been the best un­re­stricted free agent avail­able. Karlsson sign­ing a $92 mil­lion, eight-year con­tract with the Sharks is the first big off-ice devel­op­ment since St. Louis won the Stan­ley Cup be­cause of all the ram­i­fi­ca­tions it could have on the NHL off­sea­son.

With Karlsson off the board, any team look­ing for a No. 1 de­fense­man has to ei­ther hope vet­eran Alexander Edler doesn’t re­sign with the Canucks and win that bid­ding war or go the trade route. Salary-cap con­cerns for San Jose, Wash­ing­ton and a hand­ful of other Cup con­tenders could

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