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Erik Karlsson welcomed to San Jose in full page ad

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The Bay can’t wait for the Karlssons to join them.

TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 10: Erik Karlsson #65 of the Ottawa Senators voices his displeasure over a call during play against the Toronto Maple Leafs in an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on February 10, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Maple Leafs de Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images

Erik Karlsson isn’t in the Bay quite yet — the Swedish defender is still sorting out visa issues to work and live in the US — but that hasn’t kept San Jose from extending every welcome to its newest resident NHL player.

Curtis Pashelka posted a photo to Twitter of the full page ad dedicated to Karlsson in today’s Mercury News.

The ad features an edited photo of Karlsson in a Sharks jersey and reads:

WELCOME TO SAN JOSE
ERIK KARLSSON
TWO-TIME JAMES NORRIS TROPHY
WINNING DEFENSEMAN
FOUR-TIME NHL FIRST-TEAM ALL STAR
NHL’S TOP SCORING DEFENSEMEN
SINCE ENTERING THE LEAGUE IN 2009-10
GET YOUR TICKETS TO SEE ERIK AND THE SHARKS

In addition to the ad, multiple billboards have been changed to welcome in the newest Shark.

These ads pretty well sum up how Sharks Territory is feeling since the trade: Karlsson changes the entire tone of this team and this season. Craig Custance summed it up in his piece on the trade over on The Athletic:

But he’s great. He’s going to be great with the Sharks. There’s a good chance he’s going to do what nearly every player who goes to San Jose does – fall in love with the culture, the city, the lifestyle and decide to stay.

It’s worth the risk. When a player like Karlsson becomes available, you take that shot.

We can’t wait to have him here.