Erik Karlsson traded to the San Jose Sharks

The Ottawa Senators have traded captain Erik Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks

San Jose included two players off its current roster in the trade, Chris Tierney and Dylan DeMelo, which came as a shock to current Sharks players. If San Jose re-signs Karlsson, Ottawa receives a conditional 2021 second-round selection - or a first-round pick (not lottery protected) if the Sharks reach the Stanley Cup final in 2019. "I think I was out on the ice doing some pictures and stuff, and came back and the big news came that we got Erik Karlsson, which is obviously really exciting for the whole organization, for San Jose". Oh, and here's where you can mention that the Senators do not possess their 2019 first-round pick, either. "This trade represents the best opportunity for the Ottawa Senators to rebuild towards a consistent excellence that we are striving for".

I get a sense that if San Jose doesn't happen soon, the time of lowering the asking price will be upon us. this could be happening at any point today or over the next few stay tuned. The Sharks also get forward Francis Perron. The Senators finally got a deal done on the eve of training camp.

Karlsson, whose contract expires at the end of this season, doesn't quite see it that way. "We just keep getting better", Vlasic said.

Less than a year away from unrestricted free agency, Karlsson, 28, isn't coming off his best season since being drafted by Ottawa No. 15 overall in 2008, but he's arguably still the NHL's best defenceman.

Karlsson has scored 518 points in his career, by far the most of any defenseman since he entered the National Hockey League in 2009.

"It's a big boost when you add a guy like that, a guy that's won a lot of accolades and has established himself as one of the best in the league, it'll help", Vlasic said.

"I'm just going to speak from the heart", Karlsson said.

Karlsson also has six goals and 31 assists in 48 career playoff games.

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.

The Sharks made the addition without giving up a top-six forward or top-four defenseman. If we offer him a fair contract and he doesn't want to sign here, then we will have to look at other options.

More controversy bubbled to the surface in May when former captain and franchise icon Daniel Alfredsson, who left his role with Ottawa as a senior adviser the previous summer, was quoted saying he hopes the team gets a new owner.

Karlsson is a two-time Norris Trophy victor and led or tied the Senators in scoring the past five years. He has 41 goals and 63 assists in 284 career games.

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

Balcers spent last season in the AHL and Norris was a first-round pick in 2017 and entering his sophomore season at MI.