June 23, 2019 / 5:09 PM / 23 days ago

Report: Vegas to sign C Karlsson to eight-year deal

Apr 12, 2019; San Jose, CA, USA; Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson (71) controls the puck against the San Jose Sharks during the first period in game two of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Center William Karlsson is expected to sign an eight-year contract extension with the Vegas Golden Knights worth nearly $6 million per season, according to multiple reports.

Karlsson, 26, tallied 56 points (24 goals, 32 assists) in 82 games last season with the Golden Knights. He has spent the past two seasons in Vegas after beginning his career with the Anaheim Ducks and Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Swedish playmaker led the NHL in 2017-18 with a plus-minus rating of plus-49. He also won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy that season.

Vegas is coming off another winning season in which it went 43-32-7 but lost in a seven-game series with the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the playoffs. The Golden Knights won the Western Conference title the previous season.

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