Ottawa Senators trade Erik Karlsson to San Jose Sharks

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The Senators receive center Chris Tierney, defenseman Dylan DeMelo, forward Rudolfs Balcers, forward Josh Norris, a conditional 2019 second-round pick, a conditional 2020 first-round pick. That pick becomes a first if the Sharks make the Stanley Cup Final in 2019. "We know we're in a rebuild now and we know this is the best thing in the plan and the rebuild for us to have success In the rebuild". Karlsson played nine seasons in Ottawa. "I wish we were standing here during different circumstances". He explained how Ottawa made out in a deal that the team seemed destined to lose from the moment Karlsson's name appeared in trade rumours.

"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. It's a very emotional and sad day for me and my family. Wearing shorts and flip-flops all year round doesn't sound like a bad way to live if you ask me. The Senators finally got a deal done on the eve of training camp.

Most reaction to the trade has been "Ottawa did not get almost enough". "I never wanted to leave this place, but at the same time I respect their decision". Dorion stated during town hall meetings with seasons ticket holders in April that he would offer Karlsson a long-term contract extension on July 1 and the club did.

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The 28-year old Karlsson was drafted 15th overall in the first round of the 2008 draft. They REALLY want this done.But as of this writing.the price is still crazy.one source confirmed it was four pieces.another said that the feeling is he's going to Tampa next year on a long term deal.so why would anyone else give up 4 parts for only a year of Karlsson?

Karlsson is a two-time Norris Trophy victor and led or tied the Senators in scoring the past five years.

The decision to trade Karlsson signals that the organization is entering a full rebuild, and the captain may not be the last player out of the door before the work here is completed for next season.

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