The summer of 2016 was supposed to be the “Steven Stamkos Sweepstakes,” the but start forward ended up re-signing with the Tampa Bay Lightning before hitting the open market.

New York Islanders star captain John Tavares will become a free agent this upcoming July 1 if he decides to take his talents elsewhere. 

However, the summer 2019 could be a crazy one with both Drew Doughty and Erik Karlsson possibly becoming unrestricted free agents.  The pair of Norris Trophy winners can sign an extension with their respective teams starting this July, but general managers across the league will salivate at the thought of adding one of these two to their roster.

If you want to sign either Doughty or Karlsson, it is going to cost you…..a lot! Doughty said earlier this week that he feels he is worth more than P.K. Subban, who will make $9 million a year through the 2021-22 season.

Karlsson told Ken Warren of the Ottawa Sun on Friday that there will be no such thing as a “hometown discount” when his next contract is signed. 

“When I go to market, I’m going to get what I’m worth, and it’s going to be no less, no matter where I’m going,” Karlsson said.

“That’s the business part of it. That’s the way every player has been treated ever since this league has started, and I think the players have been a little bit on the other side of things when it comes to negotiations. I think it’s time to realize that when we go to the table, it’s business on both parts, not just (owners).”

No matter where Doughty and Karlsson end up after the 2018-19 season, Newport Sports Management Inc. will be thrilled since they represent both of them! 

Source: Ottawa Sun
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