Dougthy signed that deal last summer, so the Sharks had to match their Pacific Division rivals, locking in the man they acquired from the Ottawa Senators last September. With him re-signing to stay with the Sharks, the Senators do receive a second-round draft pick.
This deal also prevents Karlsson from becoming an unrestricted free agent this summer, as the Sharks were the only team that could offer him an eight-year deal. Any other team could not offer him any more than seven years in a deal. The 29-year-old is a two-time Norris Trophy winner, but is coming off an injury-riddled season. That held him to just 54 games on the year, and he finished with just 45 points, which was his lowest since the 2012-2013 season. That year he recorded just 17 points with the Senators.
His final three seasons with Ottawa is what put him on the map, as he recorded 62 points, 71 points, and a career-high 82 points in 2015-2016. Despite his injuries, he did help San Jose reach the Western Conference Finals this past season, before they fell to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion, St. Louis Blues. San Jose seems to be that team that is always hanging out in contention, and Karlsson could very well be that player to get them over that hump to a championship.