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SJHN Daily: Karlsson Says Goodbye to San Jose



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Erik Karlsson had a message for San Jose Sharks fans.

Earlier this week, for the first time since the blockbuster three-team trade to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Karlsson posted about his experience with his now former team. In the post’s caption, Karlsson writes: “Going to miss you San Jose, my teammates, staff and fans. Thank you. Memories that will last a life time.”

He was more expansive in his introductory press conference in Pittsburgh, acknowledging head coach David Quinn and his teammates’ contribution to his Norris Trophy-winning campaign.

“I had a lot of fun playing hockey last year, and coming to the rink every day, even though it wasn’t under the easiest of circumstances, and we didn’t win very many games. Credit to everybody who was in San Jose, from the coaching staff and my teammates there, we had fun together. We made it fun coming in and putting in the work. That was something that, looking back, probably was missing a little bit from the previous years,” Karlsson shared. “I had a great relationship with Quinny. I think he’s a fantastic coach, and he did some really good things for us in San Jose.”

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Upon joining San Jose in September 2018, Karlsson’s offense made a massive impact. 2018-19 would see the Sharks earn 101 points in the regular season, their best total since 2013-14, and play in the franchise’s fifth Western Conference Finals.

Despite dealing with injuries throughout his tenure in San Jose, he is fourth in goals and points among San Jose defensemen all-time. His most productive season came this past season, of course, when he notched 101 points.

Off the ice, Erik and Melinda Karlsson welcomed both of their children, Harlow and Stellan, while in San Jose.

Best of luck to the Karlssons in Pittsburgh!


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