SAN JOSE – Erik Karlsson acquired by San Jose Sharks on Thursday sent a clear message to the rest of the team.
"This is the year," said Evander Kane. "It must be our mindset. You take in a player so you look around the room, what kind of player we have, our younger players get better and take a guy like Erik Karlsson who's one two times) Norris Trophy winners, with another Norris Trophy winner in Brent Burns in the back, there are really no excuses.
"It's up to us to put everything together, say it on ice, have a good season and, as I said, focus on being not happy to do [Stanley Cup Playoffs] or go deep in the playoff but win the Stanley Cup.
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Sharks acquired Karlsson and prospects Francis Perron in a deal with Ottawa Senators forwards Chris Tierney and Rudolf Balcers, defensemanun signing forward Joshua Norris, a first round in the 2019 NHL Draft or 2020 NHL Draft , a second round of picking the draft in 2019 and two conditional drafts picks.
Karlsson had 62 points (nine goals, 53 assists) in 71 matches last season. The 28-year-old defender led Ottawa in scoring in each of the last five-seasons and has 518 points (126 goals, 392 deputies) in 627 NHL games.
Video: Pavelski talks with the media to acquire Karlsson
"Getting the player we got today is just Fantastic, "Sharks Captain Joe Pavelski said. "It's a statement I think. We are a team that's there and I think he really gives us the extra credibility and the extra that can ever win games at times."
Karlsson won the Norris Trophy 2012 and 2015 and has been named NHL First Team All Star four times (2012, 2015, 2016, 2017).
"It's crazy. It's exciting," says Burns, who won the Norris Trophy in 2017. "Shopping, you know how hard it is for everyone involved. It's a tough part of the business when you see the guys. Of course, always exciting when you get guys coming here. A guy like Erik, it's incredible. He's a big, big talent.
Video: Burns talks with the media about Karlsson acquisition
Pavelski said that Karlsson will make the Sharks a faster team.
"We only see him twice a year, but what's jumping out at once is just his skating," said Pavelski. "He's just fast he can go up in the game. He can stand up and be the fourth man. He can lead a rush, he can come back, he is good with the puck, good shot, good vision. "
Forward Joonas Donskoi said," He is one of the world's best defenders, so we are happy to have him on the team, and I think he can really make our team stronger. "
Although Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said that Karlsson would definitely be a part of San José's game of power, he said he has not yet decided who he should be parade. Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic are two options.
"We'll get him here," DeBoer said. "I do not know what time frame is due to his immigration and such, but we'll get him From time to time, we start looking at some of the things. "
Video: DeBoer talks about Erik Karlsson acquisition
Karlsson has a season left on a seven-year contract, 45.5 million dollar he signed with Ottawa on June 19, 2012, and the Sharks hope to sign him ten ll be an extension before becoming an unlimited free agent on July 1, 2019. Kane already started lobbying for his signature.
"I texted him shortly after the trade happened and told him he will love this," says Kane, who was acquired by San Jose in a trade with Buffalo Sabers on February 26, and signed a seven-year contract extension on May 24. "The boys are really excited to get him here and see him on the ice."
"I think he will quickly realize what special organization this is, how passionate our hockey fans are here in San Jose, what a good pl Ess it is to play and good team to play for. Kind of just like me experienced in the last year. I'm sure things will go smoothly in this regard, and we hope to get him here for a long time. "
Video: Kane talks to the media about Karlsson acquisition