Report: Golden Knights closing in on eight-year contract with Karlsson

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Vegas Golden Knights centre William Karlsson (71) shoots a penalty shot. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)

The Vegas Golden Knights are closing in on an eight-year contract with forward William Karlsson, according to Jesse Granger of The Athletic.

Granger adds that the deal, which will carry an AAV of $5.9 million, will be signed in the next two days.

Karlsson recorded 24 goals and 32 assists in 82 regular-season contests last season, then added five more points in seven playoff contests.

The Swede has been one of the league’s more durable players since the start of the 2015-16 campaign, playing in 326 out of a possible 328 regular-season games over that span.

Karlsson, who’s a restricted free agent, played out the 2018-19 season on a one-year, $5.25-million deal after avoiding arbitration with the Golden Knights.

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