Publicado: Sáb, Setiembre 15, 2018
Deportes | Por Godofredo Marrero

The Senators trade Erik Karlsson to the Sharks

The Senators trade Erik Karlsson to the Sharks

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.

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.

"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.

"These things are never easy", general manager Pierre Dorion said. "I was not part of that plan and that's why we're standing here today. We felt that now is the time to trade Erik Karlsson".

"This has been in the works for awhile".

Others said by trading away someone as good as Karlsson the team has parted ways with one of those rare players that can sell tickets on his own. Karlsson won the Norris as the league's best defenseman in 2012 and 2015.

Karlsson's breakout season came in 2011-12 when he had 78 points (19 goals, 59 assists), while averaging 25:19 of ice time, but his performance in the 2017 playoffs stands out. We're in the mode of trying to win right now, and I think that's something that's attractive to him.

An emotional Karlsson said even though there had been no shortage of speculation, the deal still caught him off guard.

Karlsson, who took over as captain in 2014, says he will continue to give back to the city he now calls his "forever home". He said he's still upset with how the club handled former star players like Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza.

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"It's very unfortunate that I'm going to have to move on professionally", Karlsson said.

"Maybe I'd be better off cheering for another team. I still have a year on my deal and, unfortunately, I couldn't follow through". The Senators finally got a deal done on the eve of training camp.

Karlsson was entering the final year of a seven-year, $45 million contract. 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.

Balcers spent last season in the AHL and Norris was a first-round pick in 2017 and entering his sophomore season at MI. But Wilson stayed in touch with the Senators, and said the teams reached a deal because Ottawa was looking to get something done quickly. It's been happening really fast. "I never wanted to leave this place, but at the same time I respect their decision".

Through it all, Karlsson's future remained a key talking point ahead of February's trade deadline. The Senators also will receive a first-rounder in 2021 or 2022 if Karlsson is on an Eastern Conference roster this season.

"As of right now, it is really emotional and a sad, sad moment", the two-time Norris Trophy victor explained.

The Senators didn't want to risk losing him next year without receiving anything in return, so they're moving him a year early for a haul to bolster their rebuild.

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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