Sharks Acquire Erik Karlsson From Senators

NHL Rumors: Senators Trade Erik Karlsson To San Jose Sharks

After pulling off his biggest trade in more than a decade, Sharks general manager Doug Wilson made it crystal clear that he expects defenseman Erik Karlsson to be wearing a teal sweater for much longer than just the one season left on his current contract.

"Maybe I'd be better off cheering for another team".

If the Senators decided to make this move now, that means contract talks they were having with Karlsson's camp were going nowhere and he had no plans to re-sign here. The move comes on the eve of the first on-ice session at Senators training camp.

Last season, Melnyk angered Ottawa fans by musing to reporters that he might move the club if ticket sales didn't pick up.

Karlsson, whose contract expires at the end of this season, doesn't quite see it that way.

Ottawa also gets a second-round pick in 2021 if Karlsson re-signs with the Sharks. I know this all too well, because I too was told just last week that this would get done soon, and Kevin Allen of USA Today came on our podcast last week and said a few GMs felt it would be done in a few days as well.

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Erik Karlsson is on the move. "For the benefit of the organization, for the benefit of the rebuild, for the succession of the rebuild, I think today we made the proper decision". We talked about that when I said that (in June), it was about the whole room being broken and we didn't want to point fingers at one person. "Even though there's been a lot of noise for nearly a year now, I never thought in my wildest imagination I was going to leave this place".

Karlsson entered the National Hockey League as the No. 15 overall pick in the 2008 draft by Ottawa.

The 28-year-old has won two Norris Trophies and has led Ottawa to within a goal of the Stanley Cup Final, ultimately losing in overtime of Game 7 to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2017.

Karlsson has been one of the top defensemen and arguably one of the top players in the league over the course of his nine-year career and carried the Senators to within one goal of an Eastern Conference title in 2017 despite playing with two hairline fractures in his heel. "It's always going to be my home and it's always going to be a community that I'm going to be as much involved in as I possibly can and give back in whatever way that I can".

Karlsson, who said he'll return to Ottawa in the off-season, thanked the organization along with the late Bryan Murray and former captain Daniel Alfredsson.

Through it all, Karlsson's future remained a key talking point ahead of February's trade deadline. In the spring, news surfaced that Karlsson's wife had filed a peace bond against Monika Caryk, Hoffman's fiancee, for alleged cyberbullying. A civil suit is ongoing.

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