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Senators trade Erik Karlsson to San Jose Sharks

Senators trade Erik Karlsson to San Jose Sharks

"We were looking for a difference-maker and there were really probably two main ones, both John and Erik over the last little while", Wilson said. "But for us to be where we need to be for the long term in this rebuild, we had to make this decision at this point in time". Ottawa begins the season against the Chicago Blackhawks on October 4. Defenseman Christian Wolanin, 23, impressed with his strength, vision and poise during a late-season stint after he signed a two-year, entry-level contract out of the University of North Dakota.

In exchange for Karlsson, the Senators received forward Chris Tierney, defenseman Dylan DeMelo, prospects Josh Norris and Rudolfs Balcers, a first-round pick in 2020, a second-round selection in 2019, and two conditional picks.

"I don't think I could have ever prepared for this, that's why I don't have anything written and I still haven't wrapped my mind around what is going on", said an emotional Karlsson.

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.

"It shows that I'm someone that they want, so I'm taking it like that", Karlsson, who refused to speculate on signing an extension with the Sharks, said on a conference call shortly after the trade announcement.

Karlsson, 28, has one year left on his contract and has been the subject of rumors dating to the trade deadline.

This is also great news for the Boston Bruins, though, beyond the obvious of essentially picking up a projected 2018-19 season sweep against an Ottawa team they outscored 18-to-5 in a four-game season series sweep a year ago.

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As the opposing team, you have try and stop him getting chances, most importantly by limiting free kicks and corners. I expect both teams to score as they usually do in this fixture , but I'll have to edge towards Liverpool to win it.

Oh, and the Bruins absolutely do not have to worry about Karlsson torching them in April again if the Senators somehow repeated their straight-up freaky trend of having one awful year (last year) followed by a playoff-caliber year. I think getting a player of this caliber, is huge for us. Karlsson won the Norris as the league's best defenseman in 2012 and 2015. In 627 career regular season games over nine seasons with Ottawa, he has tallied 126 goals and 518 points. However, the Sharks aren't the only team inquiring with the Senators for Karlsson.

Could the end of the Erik Karlsson saga finally be upon us?

"It's a statement I think", Kane said.

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

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

This transaction signifies that Ottawa is now in full rebuild mode, but with an angry fan base upset at the current leadership group, the situation in the nation's capital may only get more volatile from here. "I've still got to wrap my around what's going on". Forward Drake Batherson, 20, was fourth in points per game in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season with 77 points (29 goals, 48 assists) in 51 games for Blainville-Boisbriand.

The 22-year old Perron was drafted 190th overall in the seventh round of the 2014 draft by the Senators.


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