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14 September, 2018, 14:12 | Author: Tommie Newton
  • Ottawa Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson has been traded to the San Jose Sharks

In that regard, Senators general manager Pierre Dorion, who once famously declared that "on the eighth day, God created Erik Karlsson", did his best to try to strip away the passion and Karlsson's history with the organization from the trade equation.

As a result of that desire to move on and push reset on an organization plagued by repeated missteps, superstar defenseman Erik Karlsson was traded today to the San Jose Sharks. He carries a $6.5 million salary cap hit and will be a free agent after the season. For the Sharks, his acquisition is a game-changer that could alter the course of their franchise, much like Karlsson's departure will shake the foundation in Ottawa.

"As for right now, that's a private discussion and not something I'm going to elaborate on", he said on a conference call Thursday, according to NHL.com's Nick Cotsonika.

Karlsson has won two Norris Trophies as the NHL's top defenceman. "We felt that now is the time to trade Erik Karlsson".

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

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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. Ottawa gets a second-round choice in the 2019 draft from San Jose (which will be the higher of the two picks the Sharks now own - the Florida Panthers' and their own). The Sens send Karlsson to San Jose in exchange for eight assets.

In the end, the defenceman and the Senators did not see eye to eye - with the deal being done on the eve of the first on-ice session at training camp. "We are going to build a culture of consistency which will allow this team to sustain better performance over the long term". 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). Burns leads the position in goals (68), points (218), power-play points (82) and shots on goal (1,005) over the span, and Karlsson leads active National Hockey League defensemen in career points per game (0.83). Over the years, Wilson has acquired players like Thornton, Burns, Kane and Dan Boyle in trades and signed all of them to long-term deals.

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

This transaction signifies that Ottawa is now in full rebuild mode, but with an angry fan base upset at the current leadership group, the situation in the nation's capital may only get more volatile from here. If the Sharks miss the playoffs in 2018-19, it will be a 2019 selection, otherwise it will be in 2020. He had career highs with 17 goals and 23 assists and played all 82 games.

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

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