Sharks Acquire Erik Karlsson From Senators

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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. "We kind of kept our powder dry hoping this type of opportunity would come to fruition and it did". Sometimes you have to wait a little bit more time. We know they want the Ottawa Senators to win.

Karlsson joins a team with a top goaltender in Martin Jones; skilled forwards in Logan Couture, Evander Kane, Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski; and one of the league's top defensive units featuring 2017 Norris Trophy victor Brent Burns and shutdown defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic. The superstar spent nine seasons playing for the Senators, and things certainly did not end on the best of terms.

"I think it will be an extremely competitive team", he said. He's cheap, disingenuous, and rude to his own fanbase, and they will not be winning a Stanley Cup as long as he is here. In return, the Senators receive forwards Chris Tierney and Rudolfs Balcers, defenceman Dylan DeMelo, prospect Josh Norris, a 2020 first-round pick, a 2019 second-round pick, and two conditional 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.

Ottawa also gets a second-round pick in 2021 if Karlsson re-signs with the Sharks. The Senators also will receive a first-rounder in 2021 or 2022 if Karlsson is on an Eastern Conference roster this season.

Three months after Dorion felt the Senators were close enough to mortgage the future on Duchene, Dorion then said he laid the foundation for this sudden rebuild in that February meeting with Melnyk. We're going to let our players dictate the course of how long the rebuild is going to be.

Karlsson was entering the final year of a seven-year, $45 million contract. Over the years, Wilson has acquired players like Thornton, Burns, Kane and Dan Boyle in trades and signed all of them to long-term deals. And he became an even bigger star after that, notching 13 goals and 32 assists in 2011-12 and then posting over 60 points in every season since then (except 2012-13, which saw both a National Hockey League lockout and then a 10-week injury for Karlsson), winning the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman in 2012 and 2015, and being named the team's captain in October 2014.

Karlsson, 28, is one of four active defencemen to net 70 points in a single season (he's done it four times) - and now he will join Brent Burns as one of two on the Sharks' blueline. "That's why I don't have anything written, I haven't really wrapped my mind around what is really going on", said Karlsson, who made a statement without any prepared notes before taking questions from reporters. He also has six goals and 31 assists in 48 career playoff games.

Forward Joonas Donskoi said, "He's one of the best defensemen in the world, so we are happy to have him on the team, and I think he can really make our team stronger". "As you said, there's been a lot of noise for nearly a year now, but I never in my wildest imagination thought that I was going to leave this place".

"Ultimately, to acquire a player like this, you have to give to get and we are losing some quality players but also some very good people". Ottawa gets a second-round choice in the 2019 draft from San Jose (which will be the higher of the two picks the Sharks now own - the Florida Panthers' and their own).

In 627 career games, the speedy native of Landsbro, Sweden, has 126 goals and 392 assists, while averaging just under 26 minutes a night.

Then assistant general manager Randy Lee was charged with harassing a 19-year-old male hotel shuttle driver in Buffalo, N.Y., during the NHL's pre-draft scouting combine.

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