Report: Erik Karlsson closing in on new deal with Sharks


San Jose Sharks' Erik Karlsson during the second period against the Blues in St. Louis. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Superstar defenceman Erik Karlsson is nearing a new deal to stay in San Jose.

The 29-year-old, two-time Norris Trophy winner is closing in on an eight-year extension with the San Jose Sharks, which is reportedly worth the same percentage of the salary cap as Drew Doughty’s eight-year, $88-million deal signed last off-season, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported Monday. He was slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

He is coming off a seven-year, $45.5-million deal signed in 2012.

Karlsson battled through an injury-plagued 2018-19 campaign with the Sharks — his first season with the club after a blockbuster deal sent him to San Jose from the Ottawa Senators just prior to the start of training camp — posting 45 points in 53 regular-season games. He added another 16 in 19 games as San Jose was eliminated in the Western Conference Final to the eventual Stanley Cup-winning St. Louis Blues.

Karlsson had previously spent nine years in the Canadian capital.

He has collected 518 points across 627 games during his career.

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