The NHL free market is about to open in 2019, but it is clear that the best defenders in the League will not be among them. On June 18, Beijing Time, the San Jose Sharks renewed their contract with veteran Eric Carlson. It is reported that Carlson signed a fat contract worth $92 million in eight years, with an average salary of $11.5 million. The contract makes Carlson one of the highest paid players in the league, second only to superstars McDave and Oston Matthews.
“I am very happy to continue my career with the Sharks,” Carlson said at the press conference. “Since my first day in San Jose, the whole Bay Area has been very friendly to me and my family. I thank you. I can’t wait to spend eight years in San Jose after my career.
Carlson, 29, won the Norris Cup for the league’s best defensive player in 2012 and 2015, and has been nominated as the best defender in recent years. This season, he played 53 games on behalf of the sharks, scored 3 goals, 43 assists and 45 points. He contributed 16 points (2 goals and 14 assists) to the sharks in the playoffs and was second in the team to help them reach the Western Finals.
Carlson longed for a Stanley Cup: “I think we have the ability to compete for the Stanley Cup, not just this year and next year, but for many years to come.” However, if Carlson wants to realize his dream, he must keep healthy. On June 14, 2017, Carlson tore his left foot tendon and underwent a repair operation. Last month, he underwent another operation because of his groin injury, which obviously limited his performance in the Western Finals. He was absent in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals, and the Sharks were eventually eliminated by a 5-1 defeat to St. Louis blues.
In addition, under the terms of the previous deal, Senator Ottawa will get a second round of 2021 from the sharks. That means sharks will only have two first two rounds of signatures in the next three years. To win at the moment, the Sharks have only one short-term goal – to win the Stanley Cup.