As he gets set to become an unrestricted free agent as of July 1, defenceman Erik Karlsson thanked the San Jose Sharks and their fans on Twitter Friday.

"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. 

The tweet comes on the heels of Karlsson saying Thursday that he expects to test the free agent market this summer for the first time in his career.

“I’ve worked hard for 10 years in this league to be in the position that I’m in. I’ve earned that,” Karlsson said. “It’s a big responsibility and decision coming up for me personally. I haven’t really dealt with that process yet. But I will and I will do it to the best of my manners with the information that I have. Some people have to go through it and I’m one of them.