Erik Karlsson Leaves Media Scrum Seconds In After Question About Senators

It doesn't seem like San Jose Sharks defenceman Erik Karlsson is prepared for his highly-anticipated return to Ottawa on Saturday.

Following San Jose's 5-3 road loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday, Karlsson headed over to his locker to speak with the media. Seconds after greeting them, Karlsson was asked a question about his upcoming return to the nation's capital.

Karlsson was in no mood to talk after that, and he abruptly walked away from the media scrum without answering a single question.

Well, that escalated quickly.

Perhaps Karlsson was more frustrated about the loss, and not so much that stressed out over his return to Ottawa. The Sharks dropped their third straight game and were dominated in every aspect by the Maple Leafs on Wednesday, and Karlsson struggled to keep up with the speedy Toronto forwards.

Karlsson was traded to the Sharks just weeks before the regular season started, in a package deal that sent forward Chris Tierney, draft picks and a bundle of prospects over to Ottawa.


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The former Ottawa captain had an ugly departure from the team that drafted him and turned Karlsson into a start. Reports indicated that he and owner Eugene Melnyk - known for running plenty of franchise greats out of town - were at odds.

Karlsson and his wife Melinda were also allegedly cyber bullied by the girlfriend of former Senators teammate Mike Hoffman. It was reported that the Karlssons were taunted over their stillborn son, which led to Melinda filing an order of protection against Hoffman's girlfriend.

It'll be an emotional and perhaps awkward night for Karlsson, his family and the entire Senators organization on Saturday, to say the least.

What This Means

Karlsson was instrumental in helping Ottawa make the playoffs in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017 - getting them to the Eastern Conference Final in the latter year. But unfortunately, a stern owner and a toxic locker room environment paved his exit from the team he wanted to spend the rest of his career with.


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