Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Ottawa Senators trade Erik Karlsson to San Jose Sharks

Ottawa Senators trade Erik Karlsson to San Jose Sharks

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. Should San Jose re-sign Karlsson, Ottawa will also receive a conditional 2021 second-round selection.

And now this: Erik Karlsson is a member of the San Jose Sharks. Oh, and here's where you can mention that the Senators do not possess their 2019 first-round pick, either. "We are going to build a culture of consistency which will allow this team to sustain better performance over the long term". "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". If the Sharks sign Karlsson, it becomes a first-round pick. The Senators finally got a deal done on the eve of training camp.

Vlasic and Meier might be disappointed to see DeMelo and Tierney go, but they are both excited to see what Karlsson will bring to the Sharks, who now are major contenders in the Western Conference.

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.

And we're just getting started.

With this trade, the Sens have only guaranteed themselves of at least one first-round draft pick. Now they have added one of the top defensemen in the National Hockey League to that group.

"It's a big boost when you add a guy like that, a guy that's won a lot of accolades and has established himself as one of the best in the league, it'll help", Vlasic said.

"It's a statement I think", Kane said. In 627 career regular season games over nine seasons with Ottawa, he has tallied 126 goals and 518 points.

Karlsson rumors are indeed intensifying, however talking to people I get the sense that most of the people/chatter implying this is "really close to happening" is being driven once again by Ottawa's desire to force the hand of some of the teams with which they have discussed Karlsson.

The Sharks never let up in their interest in Karlsson and made the addition without giving up a top-six forward or top-four defenseman from the current roster.

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. Norris was a 2017 first-round pick by the Sharks, and posted eight goals and 23 points in 37 games with his freshman season with MI a year ago. "At this point, we definitely feel we got a very good return and six pieces that could end up being eight". He had career highs with 17 goals and 23 assists and played all 82 games.

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

The 22-year old Perron was drafted 190th overall in the seventh round of the 2014 draft by the Senators.

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