Sharks acquire Erik Karlsson from Senators

NHL Rumors: Senators Trade Erik Karlsson To San Jose Sharks

"With a trade of this magnitude, the San Jose Sharks are getting the best player, but we're doing a rebuild right now", said general manager Pierre Dorion. That NHL 100 Classic weekend was supposed to be a celebration, but Melnyk's words foreshadowed what will now be some of the darkest days in franchise history.

"You go and research the player, you research what he's looking for, and then if you have the things he's looking for, it minimizes that risk", Wilson said. It just doesn't work.

This infuriates me because if they knew that he wasn't going to be re-signed, then why didn't Dorion just trade him in February? "It's not going to happen".

"As of right now, it is really emotional and a sad, sad moment", the two-time Norris Trophy victor explained. The Senators have been open about the fact they're going this direction, but maybe the whole idea of a rebuild got lost until it was finally stated this week.

The Senators received center Chris Tierney and defenseman Dylan DeMelo, prospects Josh Norris and Rudolfs Balcers, a conditional 2019 second-round draft pick and a conditional 2020 first-round pick for their captain.

"I never thought I would leave this place, but unfortunately we are here under these circumstances", said Karlsson. "It's an emotional and sad day". He was meeting with his newest defenseman, Erik Karlsson. Even on a surgically repaired foot, Karlsson drove play last season in a way that few ever have from the back end.

The Sharks wanted to improve that unit this offseason and with Karlsson potentially setting up Burns for big point shots, they found the missing piece. "And doing our rebuild, we're getting the best assets and the most assets and that's how our fans have to look at it".

"It's their decision. They made it". With Erik, Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic, we feel we have three of the NHL's top defensemen and stand as a better team today than we were yesterday. The team said it offered Karlsson, who can become an unrestricted free agent next summer, a contract extension on July 1. But Wilson is all-in for the short term, even if it's a one-year run, though he'd clearly like to keep him. "We think Erik fits with us now and for a long time".

The about-face of the Senators in one year's time has been nothing short of incredible. They were recently in the Stanley Cup Final and they've been making the playoffs year after year.

Balcers spent last season in the AHL and Norris was a first-round pick in 2017 and entering his sophomore season at MI.

And the draft picks, according to Friedman, are good ones.

The national capital's hockey team is burning.

The massive deal, which sent four players, two draft picks and conditional draft picks to Ottawa in exchange for Karlsson, capped off months of discussions.

That's because the Senators have north of $20 million committed each of the next two seasons to Bobby Ryan, Craig Anderson, Zack Smith and Marian Gaborik. Fans who had been holding out hope for years that the team might figure out a way for the two-time Norris Trophy victor to stay in Ottawa after his contract expired at the end of this season were essentially told there was no chance of that, not when the owner was matter-of-factly explaining that he expects nearly half the roster to be rookies this year. There is doubt as to whether Gaborik will be healthy enough to play again.

Eugene Melnyk invited a group of Ottawa reporters to the Canadian Tire Centre as a public-relations offensive on Wednesday, and as recounted hilariously by colleague Kelly Egan, the Senators owner took a call after about 15 minutes and left the room.

Oh, and the Senators' two building blocks - Mark Stone and Duchene - do not have contracts beyond this season.

However, the package appears underwhelming for the Senators given the player they've giving up. "The timeline Ottawa was operating on was prior to the season and it worked well for us". Wearing shorts and flip-flops all year round doesn't sound like a bad way to live if you ask me.



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