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Deep Blue Sea: Erik Karlsson has arrived

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An open discussion thread as we open the preseason.

Jan 30, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; Ottawa Senators defensemen Erik Karlsson (65) heads out onto the ice against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-1. James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a long three days of other teams coming back for the preseason, while we’ve not only had to wait until Sharks hockey came back, but until Erik Karlsson finally made his way to San Jose.

We wait no more, Sharks fans.

Not only is Sharks hockey back tonight, where a blended team of prospects and rostered players will take on the Anaheim Ducks, but by the time this posts in the morning, Erik Karlsson should have landed in his new home of San Jose. He posted this to Instagram late last night:

Let’s break this down: he had a Shark-themed going away party in which there was both a mini Shark head cake AND his friends wore Shark heads. He also changed his social media bios to reflect his new employer.

Do you think he’s excited, or nah?

It seems unlikely that he’ll suit up for tonight’s game, but that’s not gonna keep any of us from hoping that we finally get to see our favorite Swede (no offense, Tim Heed) in the best jersey in the league some time today.

In the meantime, here are yesterday’s scores, and news from around the league:

Sit back, catch up on all of yesterday’s action, and be alert for any sightings of a certain defenseman wearing teal.