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Las Vegas–It appears that the Vegas Golden Knights and forward William Karlsson are far apart in terms a salary as arbitration hearing nears.
Resident Hockey Insider Chris Johntson of Sportsnet up in Canada reported the news on his official Twitter page this morning that the Golden Knights and Karlsson are not on the same page with salary compensation for the 2018-19 season.
As per Johntson stated in the tweet below, Karlsson is seeking $6.5 million while the Golden Knights are only willing to offer him $3.5 million.
The Karlsson case will be fascinating. Not many comparables for a guy who went from six goals and 25 points to 43 goals and 78 points in his platform year.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) August 2, 2018
Granted that Karlsson did have himself the best season of his NHL career with his 43 goals which included two hat tricks. In addition he finished the 2017-18 campaign with 78 points and plus/minus rating of +49.
With that in mind, he placed third overall last season among goal scorers around the NHL with Washington Capitals Alexander Ovechkin and Winnipeg Jets Patrik Laine.
Ovechkin finished at the top of the pact with 49 goals, while Laine came in second at 44 goals.
For Karlsson finishing out in the top three among goal scorers is something that he can put on the table during his arbitration case this Saturday.
Another piece of ammunition at his disposal is that he won the 2018 Lady Byng Trophy as the first Golden Knights player in club history to win the award.
With certain factors on side, he will need to sell the idea during his arbitration case that he can be the go to guy in Vegas to score goals for them.
2016-17 (CBJ) vs. 2017-18 (VGK) Numbers On William Karlsson
Karlsson’s major improvement in offensive production was due in part with the success of his linemates Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith.
Marchessault finished out with 27 goals, 48 assists for 75 points, and a +36, while Smith scored 22 goals, recorded 38 assists for 60 points, and a +31.
The question moving forward is if the Golden Knights and Karlsson manage to agree to term length and salary when it is all said and done, can this trio continue to produce at a high level in the 2018-19 season, we are going to have to find out and see.
As of today according to Capfriendly.com, the Golden Knights are sitting pretty comfortable with $13,187,500 of available spending cap space ahead of the 2018-19 season. With that, Shea Theodore also remain unsigned at the moment.
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