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NHL rumors: Erik Karlsson, Sharks will talk extension after All-Star Game

NHL rumors: Erik Karlsson, Sharks will talk extension after All-Star Game
Published On: Wed, Jan 09
Nov 19, 2015; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) and Columbus Blue Jackets center William Karlsson (25) battle for the puck in the third period at Canadian Tire Centre. The Senators defeated the Blue Jackets 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Erik Karlsson is in the middle of his hottest stretch with the Sharks, and the team reportedly is keen to start discussing how to keepA the defenseman in the Bay Area for a long time.A 

Sharks general manager Doug Wilson and Karlsson's agentA are expected to begin contract extension talks after the NHL All-Star Game, Pierre LeBrunA reported Tuesday on TSN's "Insider Trading."

"The two sides have kind of let things stand after the trade in September," LeBrun said.A "They wanted him to get used to his new surroundings. My understanding is Don Meehan and Doug Wilson have chatted a bit this week to set up something for after the All-Star break. The two sides would reconvene after [the All-Star game on Jan. 26]."

Karlsson is in the final year of a seven-year, $45.5 million deal that he signed with the Ottawa Senators ahead of the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. The 28-year-old can become an unrestricted free agent after this season, and would be the best defenseman available on the market.A 

He is eligible to sign an eight-year contract extension with San Jose after the trade deadline on Feb. 25, and he can only sign an eight-year extension with the Sharks. When San Jose first acquired Karlsson in a blockbuster trade in September, Wilson said the team made the dealA in orderA to try to extend the two-time Norris Trophy winner.

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