After a long summer of speculation, the Ottawa Senators have traded captain Erik Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks. After just missing out on John Tavares, the Sharks were able to land a whale this offseason to go with Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic on the blueline.
"It's extremely rare that players of this caliber become available", Wilson said. "The word "elite" is often thrown around casually but Erik's skillset and abilities fit that description like few other players in today's game".
You would have to believe you were a Karlsson away from a Stanley Cup.and one team does. In return, the Senators will get a first-round pick in 2019 or 2020, centre Chris Tierney, a second-round pick in 2019 (the best of the two San Jose now has), prospect centre Josh Morris, prospect Rudolfs Balcers, and defenceman Dylan DeMelo.
Also, my intention is to get these previews out with a few per day. He was the Senators' first-round pick in 2008 (15th overall). In fact, Shannon says they agreed to a deal during the season, but that ultimately fell apart due to owner intervention, but it's unclear who nixed the deal. "All of the players leaving our organization have a very bright future in this league and we wish them all the best".
Karlsson, 28, has one year left on his contract and has been the subject of rumors dating to the trade deadline. The Senators finally got a deal done on the eve of training camp. Ottawa gets a second-round choice in the 2019 draft from San Jose (which will be the higher of the two picks the Sharks now own - the Florida Panthers' and their own). Karlsson won the Norris as the league's best defenseman in 2012 and 2015.
After watching the Matt Duchene saga hang over the Colorado Avalanche previous year, Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion clearly did not want to enter his season with his disgruntled star still on the roster. "This trade represents the best opportunity for the Ottawa Senators to rebuild towards a consistent excellence that we are striving for".
Karlsson, whose contract expires at the end of this season, doesn't quite see it that way.
Karlsson's breakout season came in 2011-12 when he had 78 points (19 goals, 59 assists), while averaging 25:19 of ice time, but his performance in the 2017 playoffs stands out.
The Sharks made the addition without giving up a top-six forward or top-four defenseman.