Senators trade Erik Karlsson to San Jose Sharks

NHL Rumors: Senators Trade Erik Karlsson To San Jose Sharks

The Senators also will receive a first-rounder in 2021 or 2022 if Karlsson is on an Eastern Conference roster this season.

With this trade, the Sens have only guaranteed themselves of at least one first-round draft pick. Had Karlsson moved to a Lightning defense corps already boasting Victor Hedman and Ryan McDonagh, though, that hope would've been smashed to bits in five games just like it was in May. And given what Ottawa's original asks for Karlsson were, and what some of the rumored-to-be interested teams offered, it's a massive disappointment for the Sens.

If the Senators decided to make this move now, that means contract talks they were having with Karlsson's camp were going nowhere and he had no plans to re-sign here.

"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. A two-time Norris Trophy victor as the NHL's top blueliner, he has 126 goals and 518 points in 627 games.

"Yes, it's a longterm approach", Wilson said on a conference call, when asked about a potential contract extension for the two-time Norris Trophy victor and five-time All-Star.

Talk about the Karlsson trade also veered into discussion about the team's controversial owner, Eugene Melnyk. "I was not part of that plan and that's why we're standing here today". "For the benefit of the organization, for the benefit of the rebuild, for the succession of the rebuild, I think today we made the proper decision".

Karlsson had nine goals and 53 assists last season for Ottawa.

"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.

Karlsson told reporters Thursday that he didn't know how close he was to moving at the deadline, adding that he "was watching TV just like everybody else".

The six-foot, 191-pound Swede was selected by the Senators with the 15th overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. The 6-foot-1 DeMelo is next in line, with 20 assists in 63 games past year while averaging 14:12 per game, and has three goals and 32 points in 133 career games with the Sharks. "I've still got to wrap my around what's going on".

That launched the #MelnykOut hashtag on Twitter the same month, and while Melnyk eventually backtracked on the relocation talk, some fans chose to vent their frustration by raising money to fund a series of billboards featuring the slogan.

Karlsson, who said he'll return to Ottawa in the off-season, thanked the organization along with the late Bryan Murray and former captain Daniel Alfredsson.

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