NHL Trade Alert: Erik Karlsson Traded to San Jose
After months of waiting, and rumored speculation, the saga involving the Ottawa Senators and Erik Karlsson is finally over. On the day training camps were opening up around the NHL, the Ottawa Senators traded their captain to the Western Conference. Erik Karlsson is now a member of the San Jose Sharks.
Sources say San Jose players are being informed of a trade to Ottawa.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) September 13, 2018
According Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, the details of the trade are as follows:
Sources say the #Sens have dealt Erik Karlsson to the Sharks in exchange for Chris Tierney, Dylan DeMelo, Josh Norris, Rudolfs Balcers, 2020 1st, 2019 2nd and two conditional picks.
— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) September 13, 2018
Things on the Karlsson front started to heat up again, after the Ottawa Senators released a video on Monday night. In the video Senators owner Eugene Melnyk called for a rebuild of the organization. Melnyk stated there would be fresh new faces once the Senators hit the ice in October.
The Ottawa Senators are proud to share the vision for the future of our team and this organization. We are about to launch an exciting plan to rebuild our team and we are inviting you to be a part of our rise to new heights. #OttawaRising pic.twitter.com/hok2jYCUVi
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) September 11, 2018
Furthermore, Eugene Melnyk did not even mention Erik Karlsson during his sit down interview. This led to even more speculation that a trade involving the Senators captain was on the horizon.
Things had become toxic in Ottawa between Eugene Melnyk and Erik Karlsson. The idea of having Karlsson on the team with training camp about to open, would have been a receipt for disaster. With everything involving Erik Karlsson and his family over the summer, it was in the best interest of both parties a deal get done.
Interestingly enough, the prospects and picks the Senators got in return has to make a person wonder, did the Senators just want to get rid of Erik Karlsson so badly, they would take anything in return? Going back to the Senators were players Chris Tierney, Dylan MeMelo, Josh Norris, Rudolfs Balcers, a 2020 first round pick, a 2019 second round pick, and two conditional picks.
Here is where things get a little crazy. If the Sharks were to sign Karlsson to an extension, the Senators would receive a second round pick in 2021. That pick in 2021, would be upgraded to a first round pick if the Sharks reach the Stanley Cup Final. If the Erik Karlsson winds up back in the Eastern Conference on a reserve list, the Senators would get a first round pick no later than 2022.