Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Ottawa Senators trade Erik Karlsson to San Jose Sharks

NHL Rumors: Senators Trade Erik Karlsson To San Jose Sharks Ottawa Senators trade their captain and star defenceman Erik Karlsson to San Jose Sharks
Rita Gibson | 16 September, 2018, 04:42

Karlsson joins a team with a top goaltender in Martin Jones; skilled forwards in Logan Couture, Evander Kane, Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski; and one of the league's top defensive units featuring 2017 Norris Trophy victor Brent Burns and shutdown defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic.

The next contract for Karlsson is going to be a massive one. "We're a team that's right there, and I think he gives us for sure that extra credibility and that extra something that can win games at times". "The culture they have there is a winning culture".

Oh, and the Bruins absolutely do not have to worry about Karlsson torching them in April again if the Senators somehow repeated their straight-up freakish trend of having one awful year (last year) followed by a playoff-caliber year. "I don't know what the timeframe is on that because of his immigration and things like that, but we'll get him in here and then we'll start to look at some of those things". In return, the Senators receive forwards Chris Tierney and Rudolfs Balcers, defenceman Dylan DeMelo, prospect Josh Norris, a 2020 first-round pick, a 2019 second-round pick, and two conditional picks. That was lost as a result of the Matt Duchene trade the Sens made last year, nor did they get a '19 first round pick from the Sharks (they sent that to Buffalo for Evander Kane last year), meaning this year-long failure is going to absolutely be for nothing that benefits Ottawa.

"I hold this place above anything else", offered Karlsson, who also mentioned that he'd remain "an Ottawa resident forever". It becomes a first if the Sharks sign him and SJ makes it to the final this season.

Lastly, the Sens would also get an additional first-round pick from the Sharks no later than 2022 if Karlsson ends up on the roster of an Eastern Conference team this season.

"This is the right moment for us to rebuild our team, and shape our future with a faster, younger and more competitive team on the ice", Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said. "This trade represents the best opportunity for the Ottawa Senators to rebuild towards a consistent excellence that we are striving for".

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In Karlsson, whose 518 points are by far the most of any defenceman since he entered the National Hockey League in 2009, San Jose gets the difference-maker it was hoping for when it pursued free agent centre John Tavares.

Karlsson is a free agent after the season, but Ottawa continues to stick to their guns, refusing to deal the best defenseman on the market for anything less than their initial demands.

"They made it very clear with the direction they were going in - and I wasn't part of that", Karlsson said.

"Why we are standing here today and how it all unfolded, I can't really tell you", said Karlsson, who came back from his ankle surgery to notch 53 assists and 62 points in 71 games a year ago. In 627 career regular season games over nine seasons with Ottawa, he has tallied 126 goals and 518 points. "As you said, there's been a lot of noise for nearly a year now, but I never in my wildest imagination thought that I was going to leave this place".

So now that we know the details of the deal, the Sharks are clearly the winners. The 24-year-old Tierney played the biggest role for San Jose of any of the players traded to Ottawa, spending much of the year as a third-line center. He had career highs with 17 goals and 23 assists and played all 82 games. Even on a surgically repaired foot, Karlsson drove play last season in a way that few ever have from the back end.

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