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Erik Karlsson | Defenseman | #65

Team: Ottawa Senators
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/31/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 191
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (15) / OTT
Contract: view contract details

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Ottawa wants to retain the services of Erik Karlsson, who can be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2018-19 season, but there have been trade rumors circulating.
Senators GM Pierre Dorion added some fuel to the fire when he said "even Wayne Gretzky got traded," but it's believed he only made that statement to cover all the bases. "It's true, it happened, but by no means am I anywhere even close to that, so I don't even know why the parallel is even being drawn to that," Karlsson said Saturday when asked about the comment. He would also like to stay with the organization. Ottawa is expected to talk about an extension for the club's captain and star player this summer. Jan 22 - 10:29 AM

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The Ottawa Senators have announced that Erik Karlsson (illness) will suit up tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Karlsson hasn't picked up a point in his last three games and will look to break his mini-slump tonight against the Leafs. It will be interesting to see how head coach Guy Boucher spreads out the minutes amongst his blueliners with Karlsson under the weather. The Swedish defenseman has 30 points in 38 games this season.
Jan 20 - 1:14 PM

Senators GM Pierre Dorion isn't about to dismiss the possibility of trading Erik Karlsson.

Dorion's preference would still be to re-sign Karlsson - something that can't be done until this summer at the earliest - but by the sounds of things, he doesn't believe there is a such thing as having a no-trade list. "Our first priority with Erik is to sign him. He's a special player, but Wayne Gretzky got traded, so, if a team offers you an offer you can't turn down, you listen. But our first priority is to sign Erik Karlsson and [for] Erik Karlsson to be a Senator for life," Dorion explained. This could just be Dorion fishing for offers to see if anyone is willing throw a lot at him for a season and a half of Karlsson's services. The general manager could also be less than absolutely confident that he'll be able to negotiate a new contract with Karlsson once the option is available. We'll have to wait-and-see, but it would still be very surprising if Karlsson was traded.
Jan 19 - 4:26 PM

Erik Karlsson earned two assists in Friday's 6-5 OT win over the San Jose Sharks.

Karlsson helped set up goals by Mark Stone (power play) and Derick Brassard in the match. He also had two shots, one hit and four blocks in the victory.
Jan 6 - 11:13 AM

Erik Karlsson and the Ottawa Senators were held scoreless in a 5-0 loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.

For the second time in as many days, the Senators allowed five goals against the Bruins. Unlike Wednesday's matchup, the Senators failed to score against their divisional opponent. Karlsson has failed to pick up a point in either matchup against Boston this week. He has three goals and 25 points in 32 games this season.
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 10:01:00 PM

Erik Karlsson chipped in two helpers in a 5-4 victory versus Columbus on Friday night.

Karlsson picked up primary assists on goals by Derick Brassard and Bobby Ryan in the match. He didn't have a point in his previous two outings. Karlsson is up to 25 points (three goals, 22 assists) in 31 contests this campaign.
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 10:05:00 AM

Erik Karlsson scored a pair of goals in Tuesday's 6-4 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

Karlsson opened the scoring just 2:08 into the first period. He then added his second of the night at the 1:08 mark of the second frame to give Ottawa a 2-1 lead. Unfortunately for the Sens, they were unable to hold on for the win. Karlsson finished the night with four shots on goal and three hits in 30:50 of ice time. The 27-year-old has three goals and 22 points in 27 games this season. He had a slow start after coming back from a serious foot injury, but he seems to be rounding into form lately.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 11:17:00 PM

Erik Karlsson is starting to round back into form from off-season foot surgery.

Coach Guy Boucher expected that it would take a while for that to happen. "He wasn't able to do any exercise, he didn't have training camp. He had to wait," Boucher said. "After a week of training, he started playing games again. People thought that because he is Erik Karlsson, he is Superman. I'm sorry. It was to me, and our staff, that the real Erik Karlsson wouldn't come to the surface before Christmas." Karlsson had an assist, a plus-3 rating and seven shots in 32:55 of ice time on Saturday against Montreal. He has three helpers in his last five games after he went 10 straight matches without a point.
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 10:27:00 AM

Erik Karlsson put an end to his career-long 10-game pointless drought on Thursday night.

Karlsson picked up an assist on a power-play goal by Matt Duchene in a 4-3 OT loss to Los Angeles. He had four shots, one block and a minus-3 rating in 28:20 of ice time. Despite his recent struggles, Karlsson has a respectable 18 points in 22 games.
Fri, Dec 8, 2017 10:11:00 AM

Erik Karlsson has gone nine consecutive contests without recording a point.

This is the longest slump of Karlsson's NHL career. He has as a minus-11 rating and 24 shots on goal during that span.
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 04:24:00 PM

Erik Karlsson hasn't recorded a point in the last six games.

Karlsson has a minus-9 rating and 17 shots during that span. He hasn't had a slump like this since his rookie year in 2009-10 when he went eight straight games without getting on the scoresheet.
Tue, Nov 28, 2017 10:43:00 AM

Erik Karlsson recorded an assist in Monday's 8-3 loss to Montreal.

Unfortunately, he also finished with a minus-6 rating in 21:15 of ice time. Dion Phaneuf and Cody Ceci ended up seeing more action in the contest than Karlsson. The Senators captain should bounce back Thursday night versus Detroit. He has 10 assists in seven games this season.
Tue, Oct 31, 2017 10:52:00 AM

Erik Karlsson chipped in two assists in Ottawa's 5-4 win over Philadelphia on Thursday night.

Karlsson has compiled eight helpers in five games since making his season debut 10 days ago. He is still looking for his first goal this year, but that should come soon.
Fri, Oct 27, 2017 09:29:00 AM

Erik Karlsson registered three assists in Thursday's 5-4 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils.

In just his second game back from a lower-body injury, Karlsson stood out for all the right reasons. He helped set up goals by Kyle Turris (power play), Derick Brassard and Alexander Burrows (power play). Two of those three helpers were of the primary variety. Karlsson finished the game with eight shots on goal and a blocked shot in a game-high 27:08 of ice time. Don't be surprised if he finishes the season as one of the top three scoring defensemen in the league.
Thu, Oct 19, 2017 11:09:00 PM

Erik Karlsson felt comfortable on the ice during his long-awaited season debut Tuesday night.

"I feel like I did before the game," he said. "I'm a little bit tired, but that's expected. Overall, it felt pretty good. The legs felt good. It's just the pace of the game and having guys fly around all over the place and being checked all the time." Karlsson missed the first five games of the year after he underwent foot surgery to repair torn tendons during the off-season. He was credited with two shots, two hits, one block and a minus-2 rating in 22:25 of ice time in a 3-0 loss to Vancouver in his return to the lineup.
Wed, Oct 18, 2017 08:46:00 AM

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C1Derick Brassard
2Matt Duchene
3Jean-Gabriel Pageau
4Gabriel Dumont
5Nate Thompson
6Colin White
7Filip Chlapik
LW1Mike Hoffman
2Zack Smith
3Ryan Dzingel
4Tom Pyatt
5Clarke MacArthur
RW1Mark Stone
2Bobby Ryan
3Alex Burrows
4Christopher DiDomenico
D1Erik Karlsson
2Dion Phaneuf
3Cody Ceci
4Mark Borowiecki
5Fredrik Claesson
6Johnny Oduya
7Thomas Chabot
8Chris Wideman
9Erik Burgdoerfer
G1Craig Anderson
2Mike Condon