Sharks acquire 2-time Norris Trophy victor Erik Karlsson from Senators

Florence Fletcher
September 15, 2018

The 19-year old Norris was drafted 19th overall in the first round of the 2017 draft by the Sharks.

Perron was a seventh-round pick in 2014 and spent the past two seasons in the AHL. 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). Senators winger Bobby Ryan told the Ottawa Sun in May that he heard a deal was done to send himself and Karlsson to a Western Conference team, but "somebody backed out at the last second". The condition is if the Sharks miss the playoffs, the pick moves to 2020.

When asked about what Ottawa got in return, Melbourne called it "scrap, nothing, absolute garbage".

The hapless Senators, meanwhile signalled the beginning of a rebuild by trading away their franchise player. 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 a year ago.

"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.

Karlsson will face his Ottawa teammates for the first time on December 1 at the Canadian Tire Centre, while the Senators visit San Jose on January 12.

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And the draft picks, according to Friedman, are good ones. Oh, and here's where you can mention that the Senators do not possess their 2019 first-round pick, either.

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 timeline Ottawa was operating on was prior to the season and it worked well for us". The Senators also will receive a first-rounder in 2021 or 2022 if Karlsson is on an Eastern Conference roster this season.

Not that the Bruins are going to be considered favorites, but there's hope that another year of progression and development from some of their younger players that clearly weren't ready for the Bolts in round two last year will benefit the Bruins should they draw into a rematch with Tampa next spring.

Oh, and the Bruins absolutely do not have to worry about Karlsson torching them in April again if the Senators somehow repeated their straight-up weird trend of having one bad year (last year) followed by a playoff-caliber year.

Coincidentally, Hoffman and Karlsson have an alleged connection that may have a played a role in their trades. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries.

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