Sharks Acquire Erik Karlsson From Senators

Sharks Acquire Erik Karlsson From Senators

The Senators have said they are entering a rebuilding period and are planning to go with a young roster this season.

After a long summer of speculation, the Ottawa Senators have traded captain Erik Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks.

"I'm just going to speak from the heart", Karlsson said.

It's unlikely that Wilson, who typically keeps his public comments close to the vest when it comes to how he runs the Sharks' hockey operations department, would be so blunt if he didn't expect an extension for Karlsson to be forthcoming. Erik Karlsson is going to the San Jose Sharks.

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.

The deal is sure to be a defining moment for a team that has had all kinds of problems on and off the ice in recent months. Forwards Matt Duchene (C; 152nd in NHL.com's rankings) and Mark Stone (RW; 156th), each a potential 2019 UFA, are Ottawa's top-ranked fantasy skaters after the Karlsson trade but are now less appealing in later rounds.

After watching the Matt Duchene saga hang over the Colorado Avalanche past year, Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion clearly did not want to enter his season with his disgruntled star still on the roster.

"I don't think that I could have ever prepared for this", Karlsson said. "We are going to build a culture of consistency which will allow this team to sustain better performance over the long term". On the topic of their futures, Dorion said the organization would let "nature take its course". "The ball will be in his court". Karlsson's current contract expires at the end of the season. It's a very emotional and sad day for me and my family. "I wish we were standing here during different circumstances".

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Asked about Melnyk, Melbourne said it was time to get him "out of here".

Selling that to the fans may be hard, though.

Karlsson is a two-time Norris Trophy victor and led or tied the Senators in scoring the past five years.

Karlsson, 27, was selected by the Senators with the 15th overall pick of the 2008 draft. He has led or shared the lead in total points for the Senators in each of the past five campaigns. He averaged more than 28 minutes of ice time despite having torn tendons in his left foot, which required off-season surgery. He said he's still upset with how the club handled former star players like Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza. 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. "It's always going to be home and it's always going to be a community that I'm going to be as much involved in as I possibly can be and give back in whatever way that I can".

The decision to trade Karlsson signals that the organization is entering a full rebuild, and the captain may not be the last player out of the door before the work here is completed for next season.

Then on the eve of franchise's showcase outdoor game in mid-December, Melnyk rained on his own parade by musing to reporters at a media availability on Parliament Hill that he might move the team if ticket sales didn't improve.

Will they be treated objectively by a frustrated fan base naturally looking to vent at what has been lost? He was suspended by the team two weeks after being charged. In the spring, news surfaced that Karlsson's wife had filed a peace bond against Monika Caryk, Hoffman's fiancee, for alleged cyberbullying.

Hoffman, who was traded a week later, and Caryk have denied the allegations.

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