What the Erik Karlsson trade means for Colorado

NHL Rumors: Senators Trade Erik Karlsson To San Jose Sharks

The San Jose Sharks acquired two-time Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Erik Karlsson from the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, making a blockbuster addition to the roster after missing out on high-scoring center John Tavares in free agency.

"Maybe I'd be better off cheering for another team".

If the Senators decided to make this move now, that means contract talks they were having with Karlsson's camp were going nowhere and he had no plans to re-sign here.

Given the current marketplace for top defencemen, sources say the Senators offered a deal in excess of $80 million over eight years during conversations with his camp on July 1. Senators winger Bobby Ryan told the Ottawa Sun in May that he heard a deal was done to send himself and Karlsson to a Western Conference team, but "somebody backed out at the last second".

Karlsson scored nine goals (his lowest full-season total) and registered 53 assists for 62 points in 71 games in 2017-18.

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. 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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"It's a statement I think", Kane said. But Wilson stayed in touch with the Senators, and said the teams reached a deal because Ottawa was looking to get something done quickly. "For the benefit of the organization, for the benefit of the rebuild, for the succession of the rebuild, I think today we made the proper decision".

"You get to a certain point and it's probably best for all parties to move on", said Dorion. He made his Senators debut in 2009 and won his first Norris Trophy two years later at age 21. "I've still got to wrap my around what's going on". A two-time Norris Trophy victor as the NHL's top blueliner, he has 126 goals and 518 points in 627 games.

The 28-year old Karlsson was drafted 15th overall in the first round of the 2008 draft. His comments led to the creation of the #MelnykOut hashtag on Twitter, which prompted him to eventually backtrack on his chatter about relocation.

Through it all, Karlsson's future remained a key talking point ahead of February's trade deadline.

Karlsson's reaction to the news is not so surprising.

Karlsson, who said he'll return to Ottawa in the off-season, thanked the organization along with the late Bryan Murray and former captain Daniel Alfredsson.

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