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

Silvia Morton
September 14, 2018

"These things are never easy", general manager Pierre Dorion said.

Ottawa traded Karlsson and forward Francis Perron to the San Jose Sharks for forwards Chris Tierney and Rudolfs Balcers, defenseman Dylan DeMelo, unsigned forward Joshua Norris, a first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft or 2020 NHL Draft, a second-round pick in the 2019 draft, and two conditional draft picks.

"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.

"We want to be a Cup contending team year after year", Dorion said. "We spoke about it (Tuesday) in our rebuild plan, we definitely know the room was broken and that's not always on one individual". "I wish we were standing here during different circumstances".

"It's a city that I'm going to set my roots in and forever stay in, even though I'm not going to represent this hockey club anymore", said Karlsson. "Its an unfortunate part of the business".

The Sharks wanted to improve that unit this offseason and with Karlsson potentially setting up Burns for big point shots, they found the missing piece.

"Maybe I'd be better off cheering for another team". Wearing shorts and flip-flops all year round doesn't sound like a bad way to live if you ask me.

Most reaction to the trade has been "Ottawa did not get almost enough".

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The comparisons to Alfredsson's departure for the Detroit Red Wings as an unrestricted free agent in July 2013 are inevitable because Karlsson has roots in the community.

"I don't think that I ever, in my wildest imagination, ever thought that I would leave this place", Karlsson said.

Dorion wouldn't give a timetable for how long he expects the rebuild to take, but with Senators training camp starting Friday, the players are embracing the role of underdogs. "We've had discussions about it, but you never really feel that it's going to come to fruition, a deal like this, until you actually get that call". It's been happening really fast. "Even with DeMelo a year ago, we were good".

Though there had been talk about Karlsson's departure since the trade deadline last February, this will still come as a shock. Defenseman Christian Wolanin, 23, impressed with his strength, vision and poise during a late-season stint after he signed a two-year, entry-level contract out of the University of North Dakota.

The Ottawa Senators promised they were going into rebuild mode earlier this week. 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 past year.

The 28-year old Karlsson was drafted 15th overall in the first round of the 2008 draft.

The decision to trade Karlsson signals that the organization is entering a full rebuild, and the captain may not be the last player out of the door before the work here is completed for next season.

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