timberland roll tops Erik Karlsson tries to relax Senators
Back with the Ottawa Senators after spending last weekend playing pirate games with good friend Victor Hedman, captain Erik Karlsson says his focus is on righting the ship.
been overthinking things for a long time now, Karlsson said before Tuesday game against the Carolina Hurricanes. do have a good group of guys in here, good individual players in here, and we know we can be a good team. We do have to relax a little bit and just play the game of hockey that we know we can instead of (trying) to do the right thing all the time. with the Senators (15 23 9) entering Tuesday game a distant 17 points out of a playoff spot in the National Hockey League Eastern Conference, Karlsson says the goal is to try and bring some fun back to the dressing room in the latter stages of what has been a dismal season.
In case you somehow missed it, Karlsson was in his glory in Tampa, embracing the pirate themed Gasparilla Festival with Hedman, the star Lightning defencemen who grew up playing with the Senators captain in Sweden.
Karlsson dressed in pirate wear and opined that,
I was a pirate in a previous life. of the above gave rise to speculation that Karlsson could end up joining Hedman with the Lightning, perhaps as part of a blockbuster deal before the Feb. 26 NHL trade deadline.
The Senators captain, who could become an unrestricted free agent following the 2018 19 season negotiations on a new deal can begin on July 1 said he understood why there was so much speculation about his future during All Star Game weekend. At the same time, he insisted nothing had changed from what he said earlier in the month.
normal, Karlsson said. are a lot of different outlets down there that don get to see you a lot and they ask their own questions, but they end up being the same (questions).
in the situation I am in, with the contract coming up and with the position we in (as a team), so it going to be something to talk about, but it not something that I worry too much or think about too much right now.