NHL Rumors: Senators Trade Erik Karlsson To San Jose Sharks

Forward Chris Tierney is one of the players coming to Ottawa in return for Erik Karlsson

The reason Karlsson ended up on the trade market obviously begins and ends with Eugene Melnyk, who (to borrow a phrase from the Senators owner) turned the team into a "dumpster".

If you're Edmonton's Connor McDavid or Calgary's Johnny Gaudreau, the path out of the Pacific Division just got a whole lot more hard. 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. Columbus' Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky could both be available, as could Ottawa's Mark Stone and Matt Duchene and Nashville's Pekka Rinne, along with Karlsson if he does not re-sign with the Sharks before then.

The Sharks on Thursday acquired the defenseman in a trade with the Senators, the team announced. Karlsson's current contract expires at the end of the season. In return, the Sens will receive forward Chris Tierney, defenseman Dylan DeMelo, prospects Rudolfs Balcers and Josh Norris, and three conditional draft picks.

If the Sharks miss the playoffs, the Senators will get a first-round pick in 2019, and if they make the post-season the club will get a No. 1 pick in 2020.

I've also heard that it's hard to rebuild without a first-round pick - a key piece the Senators still lack for the 2019 NHL Draft.

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"I'm just going to speak from the heart", Karlsson said. "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 rumor of the summer - and at one point looking like a lock to actually happen - Karlsson is instead moving out West, where he will remain far away from the Bruins team he singlehandedly dominated in the first round in 2017.

"I never really thought it was a possibility until I got the call this morning that we were doing it", coach Peter DeBoer said. The 2012 Norris Trophy victor posted nine goals and 53 assists over 71 games last season. "I've still got to wrap my around what's going on".

The decision to deal Karlsson isn't going over well in Ottawa - not only was he the club's best player, he was also one of the most popular to ever pull on the jersey, second only to Alfredsson. They still have forwards Evander Kane, Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture, Tomas Hertl and Joe Thornton, as well as a goalie in Martin Jones who won 30 games and had a 2.55 goals-against average last season.

The 19-year old Norris was drafted 19th overall in the first round of the 2017 draft by the Sharks.

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