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Sens Still ‘Looking At’ Karlsson Trade, EK65 Wants to Win



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Well, at least Erik Karlsson doesn’t seem fazed by the trade rumors swirling around him.

“It’s all your fault,” he said to Elliotte Friedman with a laugh last night, when Friedman asked Karlsson on Sportsnet about the “noise” surrounding him.

“He’s getting a lot of interest,” Kevin Weekes reported yesterday on ESPN. “I do know he’s somebody that the Ottawa Senators are looking at.”

It was Friedman who turned the volume up on the Karlsson trade talk when he reported two weeks ago that the San Jose Sharks and Ottawa Senators had discussed the ex-Senators franchise player going back to Ottawa.

Friedman noted, however, that a deal between San Jose and Ottawa seemed unlikely to be struck because of the size and length of Karlsson’s remaining contract, and the Senators’ own salary commitments. Also, Karlsson has a No-Movement Clause, so it’s ultimately up to him, whether or not he wants to return to Ottawa.

Weekes noted that he had reached out to San Jose Sharks GM Mike Grier about the rumors: “He said nothing to report at this point.”

Karlsson was laughing between periods of the San Jose Sharks-Ottawa Senators tilt, but the Sharks’ 5-2 loss put a damper on the good times.

“I want to win,” Karlsson told Friedman. “That’s why I started playing this sport. When I was a little kid, I used to cry after every loss. I don’t do that anymore.”

The 32-year-old added: “When you’re younger, you think you have all the time in the world, you don’t realize how fast time goes.”

The season is slipping away from the 8-15-4 San Jose Sharks…does the resurgent Karlsson think his career is slipping away in San Jose?

“I hope I get the chance to have another chance at it,” Karlsson said. “Hopefully, it’s here.”

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