Pete DeBoer heard the skeptics a year ago when the Sharks added world-class defenseman Erik Karlsson to a lineup that already included Norris Trophy winner Brent Burns. “When you have two elite guys like that,” the veteran coach said, “I think everyone’s concern was, ‘Well, is there going to be enough ice for both guys?’ That was never an issue. ‘Is there enough power-play time for both guys?’ That was never an issue. The things you read or people talked about that were going to be a potential issue? None of that was an issue.”
Still, not everything went exactly according to plan.
The Sharks were patient as Karlsson needed two months to adjust to new surroundings after spending his entire career with the Ottawa Senators. Then, after a stellar 21-game stretch, he injured his groin and mis...
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