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Erik Karlsson can see the writing on the wall for the San Jose Sharks.
The day after the Sharks sent their top goal scorer, Timo Meier, to the New Jersey Devils for a bushel of futures, the star defenseman spoke candidly about the direction of the 18-30-12 team, about to go four years and running out of the playoffs.
“You trade a guy like Timo, I don’t think that shows that this is going to be a quick turnaround. It’s unfortunate, but I understand it,” he said. “I’ve been around the game long enough to understand what needs to be done from an organizational perspective, and it just sucks that it happened to be where I’m at in this stage of my career.”
The problem for Karlsson? He can see the writing on the wall, but he can’t get over the wall.