Fantasy Fantasy spin: Karlsson trade to Sharks

Tanya Simon
September 14, 2018

He carries a $6.5 million salary cap hit and will be a free agent after the season.

If the Sharks end up flipping Karlsson back to an Eastern Conference team like they did with Mike Hoffman, they'll also have to send a first-round pick to Ottawa no later than 2022. If the Sharks sign Karlsson, it becomes a first-round pick. Given the massive upgrade made by the Toronto Maple Leafs this summer in John Tavares, the Bolts' failure to land Karlsson keeps the 2018-19 regular season power struggle in the Atlantic Division between the Bruins, Leafs, and Lightning relatively balanced.

The Sabres conditionally own the Sharks 2019 first round pick. "We felt that now is the time to trade Erik Karlsson".

Dallas also remains interested, but the price is reportedly too high for their liking.

If the Senators decided to make this move now, that means contract talks they were having with Karlsson's camp were going nowhere and he had no plans to re-sign here. Karlsson said the deal still came as a shock but he is eager to begin work on a team that made the Stanley Cup Final in 2016 and lost to Vegas in the second round a year ago. "Shape our future with all these core pieces while adding a faster, younger and more competitive team on the ice. I know I'll be walking into a group that will be extremely hungry to be successful every night and I'm looking forward to that".

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"These things are never easy", general manager Pierre Dorion said. "This trade represents the best opportunity for the Ottawa Senators to rebuild towards a consistent excellence that we are striving for". Karlsson won the Norris as the league's best defenseman in 2012 and 2015. 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. "For the benefit of the organization, for the benefit of the rebuild, for the succession of the rebuild, I think today we made the proper decision".

"It's a city that I'm going to set my roots in and forever stay in, even though I'm not going to represent this hockey club anymore", said Karlsson.

Karlsson's breakout season came in 2011-12 when he had 78 points (19 goals, 59 assists), while averaging 25:19 of ice time, but his performance in the 2017 playoffs stands out. In 627 career regular season games over nine seasons with Ottawa, he has tallied 126 goals and 518 points.

"I never really thought it was a possibility until I got the call this morning that we were doing it", coach Peter DeBoer said.

Last season, Melnyk angered Ottawa fans by musing to reporters that he might move the club if ticket sales didn't pick up. With the Senators organization unravelling over the course of the 2017-18 season and suffering significant turmoil this off-season, it appeared unlikely that the slick-skating blue-liner would be in Ottawa much longer. He had career highs with 17 goals and 23 assists and played all 82 games.

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