Originally posted on Fox - The Hockey Guy  |  Last updated 8/31/13
Good young puck-moving defensemen are precious in the NHL. Teams possessing such a commodity tend to lock them into long-term deals long before they become eligible for unrestricted free agency.They often become cornerstone players for their franchises. Some handle that responsibility better than others do.See for yourself how they compare:ERIK KARLSSON, SENATORSDrafted: 15th overall in 2008Age: 23Production: 163 points, minus-11 in 233 games.Contract: $45.5 million over seven years.Money quote: “When you see a guy rise the way he has, it’s real important to keep him. It took a little bit of time, a bit of effort from both parties, but to get it done, and get it done at this time of year, is real important.” – Senators GM Bryan Murray after finalizing the contract.Analysis: The day after agreeing to his extension, Karlsson won the 2012 Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman. That validated his standing as one of the league’s elite offensive weapons.DREW DOUGHTY, KINGSDrafted: Second overall 200
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