The San Jose Sharks have announced that defenceman Erik Karlsson will undergo forearm surgery, and will be evaluated in mid-March.
He is expected to be re-evaluated in mid-March.https://t.co/msyUWzMIaT
— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) January 25, 2022
Erik Karlsson Surgery Sidelines Him Until Mid-March
The Sharks defenceman, 31, has 26 points in 31 games so far this year and hasn’t played more than 60 games since 2017-2018. He has struggled with a lot of injuries in the past. He had major surgery in 2013 to repair a torn Achilles, sitting out 29 games during the 2018-2019 season due to a severe groin injury. In addition, he sat out a lot of the 2021 season due to another groin injury.
What This Means For The Future
To start things off, this is Karlsson’s 3rd major injury in 3 years, which shows that we may be in the last few years of his career. For the Sharks, it’s a significant blow considering that they are paying him $11.5 million until 2027, and he’s missing significant time almost every year. It will give them some salary-cap room if they place him on the LTIR. However, the problem is that they aren’t trying to compete. Rather, they are halfway through a multi-year-long rebuild, and their younger players could use the experience from someone like Karlsson. If he’s constantly hurt then the rookies cannot gain the experience from him.
It also hinders a chance at winning a Stanley Cup, considering his constant major injuries and the overall recent performance of the sharks may leave him without a cup by the time he calls it quits, leaving the 2017 eastern conference finals while with Ottawa the closest he may ever get.