Sharks Acquire Star Defenseman Erik Karlsson From Senators

NHL Rumors: Senators Trade Erik Karlsson To San Jose Sharks

Normally, a trade between teams out of Colorado's division and not involving them would just be fun fodder for dissecting the deal but this one actually has a chance to have a significant impact on the Avalanche.

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.

The decision to deal Karlsson isn't going over well in Ottawa - not only was he the club's best player, he was also one of the most popular to ever pull on the jersey, second only to Alfredsson.

He has just one year remaining on his contract and is scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency on July 1. They were recently in the Stanley Cup Final and they've been making the playoffs year after year.

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I've also heard that it's hard to rebuild without a first-round pick - a key piece the Senators still lack for the 2019 NHL Draft.

The Senators are entering a full rebuild, with owner Eugene Melnyk announcing his intentions to bring plenty of fresh faces into the lineup in the coming seasons during a sit-down interview with defenceman Mark Borowiecki released by the team earlier this week.

Erik Karlsson is no rental in Doug Wilson's eyes.

The Senators dealt Karlsson and prospect forward Francis Perron to the Sharks. "We are going to build a culture of consistency which will allow this team to sustain better performance over the long term". We're in the mode of trying to win right now, and I think that's something that's attractive to him. In 627 career regular season games over nine seasons with Ottawa, he has tallied 126 goals and 518 points. "I don't think I ever in my wildest imagination I ever thought that I would leave this place but unfortunately we're here under these circumstances".

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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.

In Karlsson, whose 518 points are by far the most of any defenseman since he entered the National Hockey League in 2009, San Jose gets the difference-maker it was hoping for when it pursued Tavares in free agency.

After watching the Matt Duchene saga hang over the Colorado Avalanche previous year, Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion clearly did not want to enter his season with his disgruntled star still on the roster.

The 24-year-old Tierney is the biggest name of the group, and comes to the Senators after posting career-highs in goals (17), assists (23), and points (40) for the Sharks last season.

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