Nine is a great number, when it represents, like it does, the points Erik Karlsson has accumulated in the Senators' past four games.

It would also be a great number if it winds up being the length of contract the Senators can get their 21-year-old star to agree on when, or before, his current deal expires at the end of the season. Think about it. Would you like to have Karlsson locked up until 2021 for, say, $60 million?

Hand over that pen, Eugene.