Sharks acquire 2-time Norris Trophy victor Erik Karlsson from Senators

NHL Rumors: Senators Trade Erik Karlsson To San Jose Sharks

The Ottawa Senators have dealt Erik Karlsson and Francis Perron to the San Jose Sharks.

In exchange for Karlsson, the Senators received forward Chris Tierney, defenseman Dylan DeMelo, prospects Josh Norris and Rudolfs Balcers, a first-round pick in 2020, a second-round selection in 2019, and two conditional picks. He carries a $6.5 million salary cap hit and will be a free agent after the season.

General manager Doug Wilson began the offseason by making a run to add John Tavares to the Sharks.

The Sharks can now boast a defense that includes Karlsson, Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic, which gives them strength from the blue line they lacked in previous seasons. Erik Karlsson is going to the San Jose Sharks.

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.

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. It becomes a first if the Sharks sign him and SJ makes it to the final this season.

Karlsson, 28, has one year left on his contract but Wilson said he hopes to keep him for the long term. The Senators also will receive a first-rounder in 2021 or 2022 if Karlsson is on an Eastern Conference roster this season.

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Also, my intention is to get these previews out with a few per day. "This trade represents the best opportunity for the Ottawa Senators to rebuild towards a consistent excellence that we are striving for".

A player of Karlsson's caliber being on the move is a rarity for the National Hockey League.

Karlsson will face his Ottawa teammates for the first time on December 1 at the Canadian Tire Centre, while the Senators visit San Jose on January 12. He also led the team in average ice time (26:44, 3rd in the NHL), was second in blocked shots (120) and takeaways (55) and second in scoring with 62 points (nine goals, 53 assists).

The Sharks made the addition without giving up a top-six forward or top-four defenseman.

Then assistant general manager Randy Lee was charged with harassing a 19-year-old male hotel shuttle driver in Buffalo, N.Y., during the NHL's pre-draft scouting combine. He had career highs with 17 goals and 23 assists and played all 82 games.

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.

Perron was a seventh-round pick in 2014 and spent the past two seasons in the AHL.

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