September 13, 2018 | 1:48pm ET
SENATORS TRADE KARLSSON TO SAN JOSE
Erik Karlsson, defenceman
As TFP first confirmed, the Ottawa Senators have traded captain Erik Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks.
In exchange for Karlsson, who is joined by prospect Francis Perron, the Sharks gave up center Chris Tierney, defenceman Dylan DeMelo, center Josh Norris, left wing Rudolfs Balcers, a conditional 2019 second round selection (whichever is the higher pick of the Sharks or the Florida Panthers) and a conditional 2020 first round draft selection (if the Sharks miss the playoffs, it becomes a 2019 pick).
Additionally, if San Jose signs Karlsson to an extension, Ottawa receives a conditional 2021 second round selection, which would become a first-round pick if the Sharks reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2019.
Finally, if Karlsson is moved to an Eastern Conference team this season, the Senators will receive another first-round selection no later than 2022.
"It's extremely rare that players of this caliber become available," said Sharks GM Doug Wilson. "The word 'elite' is often thrown around casually but Erik's skillset and abilities fit that description like few other players in today's game. With Erik, Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic, we feel we have three of the NHL's top defensemen and stand as a better team today than we were yesterday. We are thrilled to welcome Erik and his wife, Melinda, to San Jose."
"Ultimately, to acquire a player like this, you have to give to get and we are losing some quality players but also some very good people. All of the players leaving our organization have a very bright future in this league and we wish them all the best."
In 71 games with the Senators last season, Karlsson registered nine goals and 53 assists for 62 points.