Ottawa Senators trade Erik Karlsson to San Jose Sharks

Ruben Hill
September 14, 2018

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.

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. "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".

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

I get a sense that if San Jose doesn't happen soon, the time of lowering the asking price will be upon us. this could be happening at any point today or over the next few stay tuned.

Some couldn't believe the return Ottawa received.

"It's a city that I'm going to set my roots in and forever stay in, even though I'm not going to represent this hockey club anymore", said Karlsson. It's a very emotional and sad day for me and my family. "I still have a year on my deal and, unfortunately, I couldn't follow through". "The Sens also get a 1st in 2021 or 2022 if Karlsson plays for an eastern team in 2018/19".

The comparisons to Alfredsson's departure for the Detroit Red Wings as an unrestricted free agent in July 2013 are inevitable because Karlsson has roots in the community. The Senators finally got a deal done on the eve of training camp. "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".

Though there had been talk about Karlsson's departure since the trade deadline last February, this will still come as a shock.

The six-foot, 191-pound Swede was selected by the Senators with the 15th overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

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.

The Senators are entering a full rebuild, with owner Eugene Melnyk announcing his intentions to bring plenty of fresh faces into the lineup in the coming seasons during a sit-down interview with defenceman Mark Borowiecki released by the team earlier this week.

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