Huh, I wonder why he's taking this position... Erik Karlsson wants to play in U.S., won't re-sign with Canadian team, report says Erik Karlsson's ongoing summer trade saga involving the has come a long way since the Senators superstar reportedly rejected a contract extension offer. That was July 1 and ostensibly sealed his future. It's now Aug. 23, Karlsson remains in Ottawa, and where he'll play in 2018-19 and beyond remains the NHL's biggest mystery Apparently, the one place he won't be playing is Canada. Karlsson, a pending unrestricted free agent after 2018-19, won't consider re-signing with a Canadian franchise if he's traded to one, NBC Sports' Kathryn Tappen reported Thursday. He's intent on playing in a United States market, the report said, whether it's this season or in 2019-20.