Ottawa Senators General Manager Pierre Dorison is confident that the Ottawa Senators will be able to find the right replacement for Erik Kevin Karlsson in free agency.
Dorison believes that Ottawa Senators forward Erik Karlssons recent move from the Nashville Predators to the Ottawa Capital has put him in a good place with the Senators, who are currently tied for first in the Eastern Conference.
“Erik Karlsson is a great player and he has done a great job for us,” Dorison told NHL.com.
“We have a great core here.
I believe in our core and the way we have played.
We have the young guys, we have depth, and we have a really good farm system.
So I think Erik Karlsens move to Ottawa, he has been a good fit for our organization and for our players.”
Dorison believes Erik Karlsen will have a tough time finding a home in Ottawa, given that the Senators have already re-signed centre Matt Duchene, defenceman Erik Karlton, defencemen Adam Larsson and Ryan White and centre Alexander Burmistrov.
“He’s been one of the top players in the League, I think he’s the number one defenceman,” Dorisons said.
“He’s played his whole career there, and he’s a great leader, and I think if he goes anywhere else, it will be hard for him to find a home.
I think the Senators know that.
We know that.”
Karlsson will turn 35 years old on June 1st.
He played 656 games over seven seasons with the Predators and Ottawa Capitals.