Sign of The Times
Erik Karlsson is struggling.
Yes, he’s continuing to earn points, but he is forcing the play more since a certain date, and seems a bit…pressured.
Well, I can think of at least 20 million reasons why.
Twenty million USD’s, over 5 years, to be exact. That is what his former team-mate, Victor Hedman, signed for just 10 days ago.
I don’t know about you but, when I was 21, visions of earning four to five million dollars a year would probably have me a bit excited, and feeling pressured to make it happen. This is generational wealth, for a 21 year old kid…of course it has him twitchy.
But, the BIG question is, for how much? Hedman, a 2nd over-all, earned 20 over 5, coming out of EL. I would suggest he represents the fair minimum.
Jack Jonhson, of the LAK’s, represents the fair top, at 30.5M over 7 years.
Now, this is always a bit of an apples and oranges, as, to date, Karlsson has been the better offensive player between he and Hedman, with Hedman being a much bigger body, while Johnson was similar offensively, last season, but has more experience and a more physical presence on the ice. To me, this puts Karlsson closer to Hedman, than Johnson.
I’d put Karlsson in at 25M over 6 years, for an average cap hit of 4.167M/yr.
We all know he is going to be re-signed here in Ottawa, so just get it done, let the kid have his swoon period, and then get back to focusing on the game…the longer the team waits, the longer it will impact his play.