In 2010, Karlsson played in Sweden in the Elite League with Farjestad and put up some decent numbers. He has some good size at 6'5" and 205 lbs., so he should fill up quite a bit of space in the net.
The main concern about Karlsson will be how he adapts at the NHL level, but his progress will not be a huge concern as a projected back up in the NHL. He'll get his share of work this season and likely some bonus work if he performs well.
|Jarome Iginla||Marc Giordano||Miikka Kiprusoff|
|Rene Bourque||Jay Bouwmeester||Henrik Karlsson|
|Matt Stajan||Robyn Regehr|
|Niklas Hagman||Steve Staios|
|Daymond Langkow||Adam Pardy|
|Curtis Glencross||Cory Sarich|
Karlsson's one-way deal is enough for me to put him up on the team table, despite not having any NHL experience, but even if he falls off the board between now and the start of the regular season, any one of the Flames prospects that are waiting in the wings should be able to step in for roughly the same cost.
With Karlsson added to the list and Kotalik still on the list (his fate still not yet decided with the club after clearing waivers on Tuesday), the Flames have 18 players signed on for $54.2 million, the highest total in the league at this point in the Summer. That leaves them roughly $5.2 million for five players.