What the Erik Karlsson trade means for Colorado

Forward Chris Tierney is one of the players coming to Ottawa in return for Erik Karlsson

Forward Chris Tierney is one of the players coming to Ottawa in return for Erik Karlsson

In exchange, the Sharks shipped out Chris Tierney, Dylan DeMelo, Josh Norris, Rudolfs Balcers and two conditional picks to the Ottawa Senators. 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.

"It's extremely rare that players of this caliber become available", Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "The word "elite" is often thrown around casually but Erik's skillset and abilities fit that description like few other players in today's game".

Karlsson joins a team with a top goaltender in Martin Jones; skilled forwards in Logan Couture, Evander Kane, Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski; and one of the league's top defensive units featuring 2017 Norris Trophy victor Brent Burns and shutdown defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic.

In the end, the defenceman and the Senators did not see eye to eye - with the deal being done on the eve of the first on-ice session at training camp.

Karlsson rumors are indeed intensifying, however talking to people I get the sense that most of the people/chatter implying this is "really close to happening" is being driven once again by Ottawa's desire to force the hand of some of the teams with which they have discussed Karlsson. 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).

"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. 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. Had Karlsson moved to a Lightning defense corps already boasting Victor Hedman and Ryan McDonagh, though, that hope would've been smashed to bits in five games just like it was in May.

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Wilson said the Sharks felt they had to pay a high price to get Karlsson. "This trade represents the best opportunity for the Ottawa Senators to rebuild towards a consistent excellence that we are striving for".

No, Dorion isn't pointing the finger at Karlsson for the issues that took place in the club's room last season. He also led the team in average ice time (26:44, 3rd in the NHL), was second in blocked shots (120) and takeaways (55) and second in scoring with 62 points (nine goals, 53 assists).

It's just the latest big trade made by Wilson, who has also acquired Joe Thornton, Burns and Evander Kane in trades over the years.

The Sharks never let up in their interest in Karlsson and made the addition without giving up a top-six forward or top-four defenseman from the current roster.

Then assistant general manager Randy Lee was charged with harassing a 19-year-old male hotel shuttle driver in Buffalo, N.Y., during the NHL's pre-draft scouting combine. He has 41 goals and 63 assists in 284 career games. There were thousands of empty seats for some games last season, and the organization figures to face a similar challenge in 2018-19. Fantasy hockey owners will surely be circling around San Jose with two of the game's most productive defenders playing on the same team.

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