Karlsson would be a huge addition to the Sharks blue line, especially as they look to build around the likes of Evander Kane and Brent Burns. In return, the Senators will get a first-round pick in 2019 or 2020, centre Chris Tierney, a second-round pick in 2019 (the best of the two San Jose now has), prospect centre Josh Morris, prospect Rudolfs Balcers, and defenceman Dylan DeMelo. The Sharks also get forward Francis Perron.
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.
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.
Karlsson, 28, has one year left on his contract and has been the subject of rumors dating to the trade deadline. Nine years ago on September 12, 2009, the Senators dealt winger Dany Heatley to the Sharks on the first day of camp. Ottawa gets a second-round choice in the 2019 draft from San Jose (which will be the higher of the two picks the Sharks now own - the Florida Panthers' and their own).
You'd think more general managers would follow suit. "This trade represents the best opportunity for the Ottawa Senators to rebuild towards a consistent excellence that we are striving for". The superstar spent nine seasons playing for the Senators, and things certainly did not end on the best of terms.
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The Sharks made the addition without giving up a top-six forward or top-four defenseman.
The decision to deal Karlsson isn't going over well in Ottawa - not only was he the club's best player, he was also one of the most popular to ever pull on the jersey, second only to Alfredsson.
DeMelo played mostly on San Jose's third defensive pair last season when he had no goals and 20 assists in 63 games.
The 19-year old Norris was drafted 19th overall in the first round of the 2017 draft by the Sharks.