The Senators trade Erik Karlsson to the Sharks

The Senators trade Erik Karlsson to the Sharks

The San Jose Sharks have acquired Erik Karlsson from the Ottawa Senators.

They'll also receive a 2021 second-round pick if Karlsson re-signs, and that pick is upgraded to a first-rounder if San Jose also makes the 2019 Stanley Cup Final. 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.

Nearing the start of training camp, discussions have intensified, with the San Jose Sharks surprisingly making an enormous push for the former All-Star.

It's unlikely that Wilson, who typically keeps his public comments close to the vest when it comes to how he runs the Sharks' hockey operations department, would be so blunt if he didn't expect an extension for Karlsson to be forthcoming.

The Senators dealt their captain as players reported for medicals at the Canadian Tire Centre Thursday. And given what Ottawa's original asks for Karlsson were, and what some of the rumored-to-be interested teams offered, it's a massive disappointment for the Sens.

With the season right around the corner, this deal could be finished soon.

The team struggled last season and many supporters on the streets of downtown Ottawa on Thursday said it was a clear sign that a rebuild is necessary - which means it was also time for a high-priced player like Karlsson to move on.

The Sabres conditionally own the Sharks 2019 first round pick. "Shape our future with all these core pieces while adding a faster, younger and more competitive team on the ice". "As you said, there's been a lot of noise for nearly a year now, but I never in my wildest imagination thought that I was going to leave this place". "But again, I never, in my wildest imagination, ever thought that I was going to leave this place". A two-time Norris Trophy victor as the NHL's top blueliner, he has 126 goals and 518 points in 627 games. Nine years ago on September 12, 2009, the Senators dealt winger Dany Heatley to the Sharks on the first day of camp. Karlsson, in turn, should have a much-improved plus/minus (minus-25 last season).

Karlsson, a potential 2019 unrestricted free agent, is now the top-ranked fantasy defenseman by and worth targeting in the first round of a standard 12-team 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.

Though there had been talk about Karlsson's departure since the trade deadline last February, this will still come as a shock.

The 24-year old Tierney was drafted 55th overall in the second round of the 2012 draft by the Sharks. In the spring, news surfaced that Karlsson's wife had filed a peace bond against Monika Caryk, Hoffman's fiancee, for alleged cyberbullying. A civil suit is ongoing.