Karlsson posts strange goodbye message to Sharks on social media

Part of his free-agent strategy?

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Erik Karlsson seems to be following a well put together plan ahead of the opening of free agency season. 

As he gets set to become an unrestricted free agent as of July 1, Karlsson took the time on Friday to thank the San Jose Sharks for the past season, in a message that feels like a goodbye. 

"Thank you to the entire San Jose Sharks organization, fans, and especially teammates. It was a great run that ended too early. But lots of great memories where created. The entire Bay Area has been nothing but classy and respectful to me and my family. Thank you," Karlsson tweeted. 

It has become clear that Karlsson will test the free-agent market on July 1st for the first time of his NHL career. 

A big shakeup is expected in San Jose this summer as Karlsson is one of several players who can hit the open market, along with notably Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski, Gustav Nyquist and Joonas Donskoi. 

Karlsson was acquired by the Sharks in September and posted three goals and 45 points in 53 games this season, his first… and what seems like his last with San Jose.