Hockey fans in Ottawa reacted to the news that Senators star defenceman Erik Karlsson had been traded with everything from sorrow to more-measured responses - hate to see him go, but it had to be done.
The San Jose Sharks general manager envisions the superstar defenseman as part of the club's future beyond the upcoming season.
After months and months of speculation, the Ottawa Senators have traded Erik Karlsson. The Sharks also get forward Francis Perron.
"As for right now, that's a private discussion and not something I'm going to elaborate on", he said on a conference call Thursday, according to NHL.com's Nick Cotsonika. Karlsson joins one of the top defensive groups in the league alongside 2017 Norris Trophy victor Brent Burns and shutdown defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic.
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 days.so stay tuned.
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. That pick becomes a first if the Sharks make the Stanley Cup Final in 2019. The Sens send Karlsson to San Jose in exchange for eight assets.
Erik Karlsson traded to the San Jose Sharks
Normally, a trade between teams out of Colorado's division and not involving them would just be fun fodder for dissecting the deal but this one actually has a chance to have a significant impact on the Avalanche.
"These things are never easy", general manager Pierre Dorion said. Burns, 33, remains a top three defenseman option (with Karlsson and Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning) but has been surpassed by Karlsson in the fantasy rankings and is better suited for the 25-30 range overall, compared to his higher ADP (19.5). "We are going to build a culture of consistency which will allow this team to sustain better performance over the long term". Last season was one of the toughest for the 28-year-old, who failed to score 15 or more goals for the first time in a campaign which he played in 70 games or more. He also led the team in average ice time (26:44, 3rd in the NHL), was second in blocked shots (120) and takeaways (55) and second in scoring with 62 points (nine goals, 53 assists).
The Sharks made the addition without giving up a top-six forward or top-four defenseman.
More controversy bubbled to the surface in May when former captain and franchise icon Daniel Alfredsson, who left his role with Ottawa as a senior adviser the previous summer, was quoted saying he hopes the team gets a new owner. He had career highs with 17 goals and 23 assists and played all 82 games. The condition is if the Sharks miss the playoffs, the pick moves to 2020.
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