As I'm sure most of you know by now, the Sens have played 9 games, going an impressive 5-2-2 without Filip Kuba but now comes a very important decision. You see at 10 games played, it counts for a year off Erik Karlsson's rookie deal. Which means the next game he plays, a year is gone. So there is speculation he may be done with the Sens this year, as to me at least, he has looked out of place and Brian Lee would help us out more immediately for this season.
The options are:
-He can stay with the Sens and continue to play mediocorely, taking up Lee's spot
-He can be sent to Binghamton, but no point as it would still count as a year off his deal
-He can be sent back to Sweden to develop and rookie deal still intact
So those are our options. To me, the best one is to send him back to Sweden. I was never on board with Karlsson being a phenom this year and his play has proved me right. We all knew he would be a liability on the back end, but he was expected to be an offensive force, esepcially on the PP, where we have struggled mightily, having one of the worst PP's in the league so far.
The kid has 3 points in 9 games so far, but they have been invisible points and he hasn't done enough on offense to justify his horrible defensive play. I know he's a rookie and he will be up and down, that's to be expected but to me the decision is easy.
Adding to the speculation is the fact that Karlsson didn't practice this morning, but the team says he is simply under the weather, which is most likely true. Murray has said before that the games deadline won't affect his decision on Erik but how could it not? It would be foolish to not take that into account BM.
In the end, I think he should be on a plane to his homeland in a day or two, but all signs seem to point to him staying around. For whatever reason, BM loves this kid and seems to have yellow and blue colored glasses when it comes to young Erik. I don't get the hype at all, but that's why I'm a writer and he's the GM I guess. Maybe they see something me and everyone else doesn't.
So what's your call, has he done enough to stick around and is worth burning a year off his deal? Or would it be better for him to go to Sweden and keep his rookie deal untouched, while having Brian Lee replace him instead?