Erik Karlsson was traded to the San Jose Sharks by the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, ending months of speculation about the future of the two-time Norris Trophy winner.
The official Trade is:
To San Jose Sharks:
D Erik Karlsson
F Francis Perron
To Ottawa Senators:
F Chris Tierney
D Dylan DeMelo
F Rudolfs Balcers
F Josh Norris (rights)
2019 2nd RD pick *higher of two SJ own 2020
1st RD pick *conditional 2021
2nd RD pick *conditional
Sens can also receive another 1st RD pick from the Sharks (no later than 2022) if Karlsson is on an Eastern Conference roster (reserve list) during the 2018-19 season.
Conditions on the two picks pic.twitter.com/1GqoejxyuX
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) September 13, 2018
Ottawa offered the 28-year-old defenseman a contract extension July 1, the first day it could do so, but he would not re-sign with the Senators. The Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars each reportedly made trade offers to Ottawa in early July. It’s hard to believe this is the best possible offer. There are no roster ready players with any type of elite skill coming back in the return. So, essentially, Ottawa will be waiting on prospects to develop. In exchange, for the best defenseman in the world.
The San Jose Sharks were always amongst the Stanley Cup contenders. Now, with a move like this one, hockey fans in the Bay Area have a real chance of celebrating with the “Silver Mug”
Joe Thornton via text message when I asked him for his reaction on his team getting Erik Karlsson: “F—— Incredible!”
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) September 13, 2018
The Sharks could theoretically have at least one of Erik Karlsson, Brent Burns, or Marc-Edouard Vlasic out on the ice at all times.
In hindsight: Doug Wilson is the same guy who got Joe Thornton for Marco Sturm, Wayne Primeau and Brad Stuart. You wade into the blockbuster trade waters with him, and you’re clearly dealing with, er, a predatory marine animal of sorts
— Matt Larkin (@THNMattLarkin) September 13, 2018
It’s not always easy to evaluate a trade in real time – sometimes it takes years. Not this one. Ottawa just traded one of the most impactful players in the game for an incredibly underwhelming return. Doug Wilson continues to take advantage of the Senators.