The Senators trade Erik Karlsson to the Sharks

Doug Mendoza
September 16, 2018

"We kind of kept our powder dry hoping this type of opportunity would come to fruition and it did". Sure, but if you're trading one of the best defensemen of all time, you need to see a high-end prospect coming back the other way. The Ottawa Senators organization has no interest in winning anymore, they simply want to make a profit.

At the end of the day, it is fair to feel extremely sad, angry, and heart-broken for what has transpired, but I think it's also important to talk about how awesome Karlsson was as a Senator and how much he meant to the city.

Though there had been talk about Karlsson's departure since the trade deadline last February, this will still come as a shock. Just 15 months ago, the Sens - with Karlsson playing at an all-world level despite a badly-injured ankle - was a double-overtime goal away from advancing to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.

We knew that Karlsson was most likely going to get traded at some point and I was putting low expectations on the deal, but the Senators still managed to severely disappoint the fanbase with what they got in return. It becomes a first if the Sharks sign him and SJ makes it to the final this season. 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 a year ago.

The Senators have said they are entering a rebuilding period and are planning to go with a young roster this season. Even if you expect the Senators to be going through a rebuild for the next 3-5 years, Karlsson will still be good by the time the next wave of prospects are ready to be apart of a competitive team.

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Seguin's new deal carries an average annual value of $9.85 million and kicks in for the 2019-2020 season, he now has one more year on his current contract at $5.75 million, and his new deal will make him the highest player on the team. Over the years, Wilson has acquired players like Thornton, Burns, Kane and Dan Boyle in trades and signed all of them to long-term deals.

Karlsson won the Norris Trophy in 2012 and 2015 and has been named an NHL First Team All-Star four times (2012, 2015, 2016, 2017). The 28-year-old defenseman led Ottawa in scoring in each of the past five seasons and has 518 points (126 goals, 392 assists) in 627 National Hockey League games.

"I never thought I would leave this place, but unfortunately we are here under these circumstances", said Karlsson.

Karlsson had nine goals and 53 assists last season for Ottawa. You bring in a player like that, you look around the room, the type of players we have, our younger players getting better, bringing in a guy like Erik Karlsson, who's a (two-time) Norris Trophy victor, having another Norris Trophy victor in Brent Burns in the back end, there's really no excuses. He's expressed that to us, that we are a place he'd like to be, and same thing [for] us back to him. 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.

In 627 career games, the speedy native of Landsbro, Sweden, has 126 goals and 392 assists, while averaging just under 26 minutes a night. He has 41 goals and 63 assists in 284 career games.

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