Senators Trade Erik Karlsson to the Sharks

Senators Trade Erik Karlsson to the Sharks

You bring in a player like that, you look around the room, the type of players we have, our younger players getting better, bringing in a guy like Erik Karlsson, who's a (two-time) Norris Trophy victor, having another Norris Trophy victor in Brent Burns in the back end, there's really no excuses.

Erik Karlsson met with reporters shortly after being traded by the Senators to the San Jose Sharks Thursday, struggling with his emotions and trying to understand how his tenure in Ottawa had come to an end, despite a drama-filled offseason full of rumors. Tierney, 24, set a career-high with 40 points in 82 games with the Sharks last season. "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.

"I'm thrilled to have this signed going into the season", Seguin said, according to the Stars' website. He won the Norris as the league's best defenseman in 2012 and '15 and is one of the best quarterbacks on the power play in the league.

"It's insane. It's exciting", said Burns, who won the Norris Trophy in 2017.

"You see what's going on with player salaries and bonuses", Melnyk said on December 15, 2017. Obviously, it's always exciting when you get guys coming here. He's a huge, huge talent.

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If the many words Melnyk has said this week are to be taken seriously, then the Karlsson trade is the first of many such deals: veterans out, picks and prospects back in.

Only the big Swede knows exactly why things got to the point where the Senators felt they had to trade him, but it's not hard to come up with a list of what would have been contributing factors.

"You have to make it be a place the player wants to play, filling in all of the ingredients that they're looking for in their decision-making process. He can lead rushes, he can get back, he's great with the puck, good shot, good vision".

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 Sens send Karlsson to San Jose in exchange for eight assets. Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic are two options. "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". "I know I'll be walking into a group that will be extremely hungry to be successful every night and I'm looking forward to that".

- Should the Sharks sign Karlsson to a contract extension, Ottawa receives San Jose's second-round selection in 2021, which would upgrade to a first-round selection (not lottery protected) if San Jose reaches the Stanley Cup Final in 2019. Kane already started lobbying for him to re-sign. "The boys are really excited to get him here and see him on the ice". They went 45-27-10 previous year, finishing sixth in the conference, and then swept the Anaheim Ducks in the first round before losing to the eventual Western Conference champion Vegas Golden Knights. "I'm sure things will go smoothly in that regard, and we hope to have him here for a long time".

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