Senators Trade Erik Karlsson To Sharks For Six Assets

San Jose is sending the Senators a first-round pick in 2019 or 2020, a second-round pick in 2019, forwards Chris Tierney, Josh Norris and Rudolfs Balcers, defenseman Dylan DeMelo and two conditional draft picks.

In addition to the four players, the Senators will receive at least two picks, and possibly as many as three. Norris was a 2017 first-round pick by the Sharks, and posted eight goals and 23 points in 37 games with his freshman season with MI past year. Erik Karlsson is going to the San Jose Sharks.

The 24-year-old Tierney played the biggest role for San Jose of any of the players traded to Ottawa, spending much of the year as a third-line center. Karlsson said the deal still came as a shock but he is eager to begin work on a team that made the Stanley Cup Final in 2016 and lost to Vegas in the second round past year.

After winning the Stanley Cup and returning largely the same roster for the upcoming campaign, the Capitals head into the National Hockey League season as the team to beat...or at least they were going to be.

"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". Neither one was named to The Athletic's ranking of the NHL's top 100 prospects entering the 2018-19 season. 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. That was lost as a result of the Matt Duchene trade the Sens made last year, nor did they get a '19 first round pick from the Sharks (they sent that to Buffalo for Evander Kane last year), meaning this year-long failure is going to absolutely be for nothing that benefits Ottawa.

The Senators have been undergoing changes lately after off-ice issues shook their locker room.

The Senators dealt Karlsson and prospect forward Francis Perron to the Sharks.

Senators GM Pierre Dorion also had a press conference to address the media and fans after the trade.

Less than a year away from unrestricted free agency, Karlsson, 28, isn't coming off his best season since being drafted by Ottawa No. 15 overall in 2008, but he's arguably still the NHL's best defenceman.

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

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.

DeMelo played mostly on San Jose's third defensive pair last season when he had no goals and 20 assists in 63 games.

  • Stacy Allen