Sharks Acquire Erik Karlsson From Senators

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"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". For the Sharks, his acquisition is a game-changer that could alter the course of their franchise, much like Karlsson's departure will shake the foundation in Ottawa.

For now Erik Karlsson makes San Jose one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup.

The Senators will also receive a second-round pick in 2021 or a first-round pick. If the Sharks miss the playoffs in 2018-19, it will be a 2019 selection, otherwise it will be in 2020.

The Sabres conditionally own the Sharks 2019 first round pick.

The deal is sure to be a defining moment for a team that has had all kinds of problems on and off the ice in recent months. 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 past year.

Hockey fans in Ottawa reacted to the news that Senators star defenceman Erik Karlsson had been traded with everything from sorrow to more-measured responses - hate to see him go, but it had to be done.

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

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"I'm heartbroken", said Matt Melbourne, a self-described "huge Sens fan" who happened to be wearing a red Senators T-shirt when someone told him about the trade. "We are going to build a culture of consistency which will allow this team to sustain better performance over the long term".

"It wasn't just about the captain, it was about everyone", Dorion said. "The ball will be in his court". Given the massive upgrade made by the Toronto Maple Leafs this summer in John Tavares, the Bolts' failure to land Karlsson keeps the 2018-19 regular season power struggle in the Atlantic Division between the Bruins, Leafs, and Lightning relatively balanced. "It's a very emotional and sad day for me and my family, but it's an unfortunate part of the business. I wish we were standing here in different circumstances", Karlsson said. "But again, I never, in my wildest imagination, ever thought that I was going to leave this place".

The Karlsson ripple effect also helps Sharks goalie Martin Jones, who is now arguably a top five option at the position.

Asked about Melnyk, Melbourne said it was time to get him "out of here". "It will take me a long time to get over it".

Selling that to the fans may be hard, though. He made his Senators debut in 2009 and won his first Norris Trophy two years later at age 21.

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. A two-time Norris Trophy victor as the NHL's top blueliner, he has 126 goals and 518 points in 627 games.

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