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Erik Karlsson Traded To The San Jose Sharks


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SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has acquired two-time James Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Erik Karlsson (@Erikkarlsson65) and prospect forward Francis Perron from the Ottawa Senators.

In exchange, San Jose has traded forwards Chris Tierney (@Tierney71) and Rudolfs Balcers (@rudolfsbalcers), defenseman Dylan DeMelo (@ddems2), prospect Josh Norris (@joshnorris10), and a conditional 2019 second round selection and a conditional 2020 first round draft selection to the Ottawa Senators (@Senators). If San Jose re-signs Karlsson, Ottawa receives a conditional 2021 second round selection.

"It's extremely rare that players of this caliber become available," said 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 (@Burnzie88) and Marc-Edouard Vlasic (@Vlasic44), 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."

Karlsson captured the James Norris Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL's best defenseman, in 2012 and 2015, and was named as the runner-up for the award twice (2016, 2017).

Since entering the NHL in 2009-10, no defenseman has scored more points than Karlsson with 518 (126 goals, 392 assists) in 627 NHL games, all with the Ottawa Senators. He has finished amongst the NHL's top-10 leading scorers twice (2011-12 [10th]; 2015-16 [4th]) and amongst the NHL's top-10 assist leaders four times (2011-12 [3rd]; 2013-14 [7th]; 2015-16 [1st]; 2016-17 [6th].

Selected in the first round (15th overall) by Ottawa in the 2008 NHL Draft, Karlsson has been named a NHL First-Team All-Star four times (2011-12, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17) and been selected to five NHL All-Star Games. He has served as the captain of the Senators since Oct. 2014.

In 48 Stanley Cup Playoff games with Ottawa, Karlsson has posted 37 points (six goals, 31 assists)

Last season with Ottawa, he led the team in average ice time (26:44, 3rd in the NHL), was second in blocked shots (120), takeaways (55) and second in scoring with 62 points (nine goals, 53 assists).

The six-foot, 190-pound native of Landsbro, Sweden has also crafted a distinguished international career. He has represented his native Sweden at the U-18 World Juniors (2008 - bronze medal), World Jr. Championships (2009 - silver medal), World Championships (2010 - bronze medal), 2014 Winter Olympics (silver medal) and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Perron, selected by Ottawa in the seventh round (190th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft, has spent the last two seasons with Ottawa's American Hockey League affiliate.

Tierney, selected by San Jose in the second round (55th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft, posted 104 points (41 goals, 63 assists) in 284 games. DeMelo, selected by San Jose in sixth round (178th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft, recorded 32 (three goals, 29 assists) in 133 games played. Balcers, selected by San Jose in the fifth round (142nd overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft, spent last season with the San Jose Barracuda. Norris, selected in the first round (19th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft is entering his sophomore season with the University of Michigan.

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) today announced the most significant trade in their rebuild of Canada's national capital franchise.

This decision sets the team up for a promising future, building toward the creation of a younger, faster and stronger roster overall - characterized by a commitment to leadership, character and chemistry. Delivering two blue-chip prospects (including the 19th overall selection in the 2017 NHL draft), two current NHL roster players, one first round draft pick and one second-round pick (as well as two additional conditional draft picks), in exchange for Erik Karlsson and an AHL player - this deal leverages earlier decisions in the rebuild to deliver the largest pipeline of potential Ottawa has had in its system in the past 15 years.

While looking to the future with excitement and optimism, the franchise does wish to thank Erik Karlsson for his nine years of service.

"Erik is an exceptional hockey player whose skills delighted our fans for the past nine years," said general manager Pierre Dorion. "We thank him for his dedication to hockey, and we wish him all the best."

"This is the right moment for us to rebuild our team, and shape our future with a faster, younger and more competitive team on the ice," Dorion added. "We are going to build a culture of consistency which will allow this team to sustain better performance over the long term."

Detailed breakdown of the trade

The Senators acquired four players: centre Josh Norris (San Jose's 2017 19th overall draft choice), forward prospect Rudolfs Balcers, centre Chris Tierney and defenceman Dylan DeMelo.


The deal includes the following:


  • Ottawa receives San Jose's first-round choice in either 2019 or 2020 (not lottery protected); if the Sharks miss the playoff in 2018-19 it will be a 2019 selection, otherwise it will be in 2020.


  • Ottawa receives a second-round choice in the 2019 draft from San Jose (which will be the higher of the two picks the Sharks currently own, the Florida Panthers and their own);


The deal also includes two conditional picks:


  • Should the Sharks sign Karlsson to a contract extension, Ottawa receives San Jose's second-round selection in 2021, which would upgrade to a first-round selection (not lottery protected) if San Jose reaches the Stanley Cup Final in 2019.


  • If Karlsson is on an Eastern Conference roster (reserve list) during the 2018-19 season, the Senators will receive an additional first round pick from the Sharks no later than 2022.

The trade comes in exchange for Erik Karlsson and minor league player Francis Perron.


Meet the new Ottawa Senators

The Senators will introduce the players at Fan Fest on Sunday, Sept. 16. In the meantime, Hockey Operations provided the following insight into the new members of the Senators family.

Josh Norris: San Jose's first round pick (19th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft. The 19-year old 6'1,192-pound centre had 8 goals and 23 points in 67 games with the NCAA's Michigan Wolverines in his freshman season, following a team-leading 26 points (12 goals) for the US National Under-18 team during his draft year.

The left-handed shooting native of Oxford, Mich., had three assists in seven games while winning a bronze medal for team USA at the 2018 World Junior Championship in Buffalo, playing alongside Brady Tkachuk. He recently attended USA Hockey's World Junior Showcase for players being evaluated to be part of the American entry in the WJC later this year.

"Josh is strong two-way centre who is a great skater and has a unique ability to produce offence. He brings a complete game to the table," said Pierre Dorion.

Rudolfs Balcers: The Sharks' fifth-round selection (142nd overall) in the 2015 draft, the 21-year old 5'11, 175-pound left winger led the AHL's San Jose Barracuda in both goals (23) and points (48) in his rookie season. He also attended the World Championship for his native Latvia, scoring four goals and six points in eight games.

As one of the top rookies in the AHL last season, Balcers is considered a key part of this deal. He brings high level skill and technical excellence to Ottawa's pool of exciting young talent. The native of Liepaja, Latvia, has also represented his country in both the under-20 and under-18 world championships.

"Rudolfs has excellent puck stills and possesses an outstanding shot, with a great release. He is a dynamic player that wants to have the puck and has exceptional quickness," said Pierre Dorion.

Chris Tierney: The 24-year old, 6'1, 195-pound left-hander immediately adds to the Ottawa Senators depth at Centre. He set career-highs in goals (17), assists (23) points (40) and shots (118) in 82 games with San Jose last season. He has scored 41 goals and added 63 assists for 104 points in 284 career NHL games, all with the Sharks.

The Sharks' second-round selection (55th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft, the Keswick, Ont., native signed a two-year contract last July. Tierney was San Jose's nominee for the 2018 King Clancy Trophy, awarded to "the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community."

"Chris has everything we want in a Senator. He's talented, hard-working, and a strong leader. He is coming into his own as an NHL player and his best years are in front of him," said Pierre Dorion.

Dylan DeMelo: The 25-year old, 6'1, 195-pound right-handed defenceman, posted career highs in assists (20) and games (63) last season for San Jose while recording one assist while appearing in all 10 of the Sharks playoff games. Coming off of his best season, DeMelo provides depth in our defensive group.

DeMelo was San Jose's sixth-round selection (179th overall) in the 2011 draft. The London, Ont., native signed a two-year contract in July. He brings 133 games of NHL experience to the roster, and developed his game with a defensive-first mindset - something which the Senators are determined to establish during their rebuild.

"Dylan is a strong, determined player. He is a competitor and made significant strides last season. He will fit in well with our style of play," said Pierre Dorion.

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TreKronor's avatar

Wow, well it looks like OTT got quite the haul for him.  Really not too bad for a guy who wasn’t going to be on the team in a year. 

SJ going all in to try to win a Cup in the next few years.  Karlsson should be fun to watch on that squad.

Posted by TreKronor on 09/13/18 at 02:42 PM ET

The Meal's avatar

Guess they’re not afraid to deal with the SJS again after the Hoffman deal. raspberry

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 09/13/18 at 02:43 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

So that should seal the deal: Detroit will be bad this year, but no one will be as bad as Ottawa, who will get first pick overall.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 09/13/18 at 03:04 PM ET

shazam88's avatar

Guess they’re not afraid to deal with the SJS again after the Hoffman deal. raspberry

Posted by The Meal from Longmont, CO on 09/13/18 at 02:43 PM ET

well that Eastern Conference 2018-19 contingent clause suggests that they learned from the experience smile

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 09/13/18 at 03:34 PM ET

hockeyfreak13's avatar

who will get first pick overall.

You mean the Avs will.

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 09/13/18 at 03:50 PM ET

Canucklehead's avatar

  who will get first pick overall.

You mean the Avs will.

You beat me to it.  Avs will enjoy that 1st overall.  What an awful trade for the Sens.  The reaction here is probably worse than you expect.  The Sens fans that I’ve seen are livid.

Posted by Canucklehead from Ottawa, Ontario on 09/13/18 at 03:52 PM ET


Horrible trade for the Sens, should have waited until the trade deadline.  I don’t get why the Sens want to be so bad this year when it’s the Avs who will benefit

Posted by bababooey on 09/13/18 at 03:55 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

The Sens fans that I’ve seen are livid.

Really?  I mean, I understand they weren’t going to be happy no matter what, but what were they expecting to get? 

Regarding waiting until the trade deadline, at that point you’ve got a couple big issues:
A) About half of your potential trade partners are eliminated by either already being out of the playoff mix or because they don’t want to mess with the existing line up.

B) Any potential team has to also fit in Karlsson’s salary into the roster well into the season, and might have to give up another prospect or two just to have room for EK’s salary.

By OTT getting rid of him now, they were able to entertain offers from teams that might not have otherwise had any business trying to get him in March.  Vegas and Dallas both are good examples - they might fall apart and not be a contender at all in March.

Posted by TreKronor on 09/13/18 at 04:26 PM ET

Primis's avatar


I knew Karlsson was going somewhere, but…. what a weird, weird trade.

Why did OTT do this, seeing what SJ gave them back?  It looks very underwhelming to me.

And why did SJ do this?  They have Burns and Vlasic locked up looong term already on expensive deals.  Karlsson will want more money than both of those guys after this season.

This seems like a deal SJ is doing for this year (Pavelski is a UFA next offseason, Thornton probably retires, and this year alone.  And man, that’s a really expensive rental if true.

I would not want to be SJ in 5 years or so.  They’re probably going to take Cap Hell to a whole new level.

Posted by Primis on 09/13/18 at 05:14 PM ET

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Posted by ilovehomers on 09/13/18 at 09:20 PM ET

alwaysaurie's avatar

Ottawa just received less for Karlsson than the DRW received for Tatar…  ??

“I knew Karlsson was going somewhere, but…. what a weird, weird trade.” —Primis.

very true, very weird.  I don’t see future problems for SJ (that can’t be overcome when they cross that bridge) as much as I see a franchise wasting assets(Ottawa).  If San Jose finds chemistry and happiness with Braun, Burns, Vlasic, and Karlsson I’ll be surprised, but I don’t think the San Jose front office is dumb for giving it a try.

I don’t see where San Jose has an extra 25’min/gm for a D ...  does Burns give up 2’min on the PP… & another 2’min EV’5x5… or does Karlsson just sit more often?

very weird trade, Ottawa receives almost nothing for Karlsson.

Posted by alwaysaurie on 09/14/18 at 05:23 AM ET

Canucklehead's avatar

Really?  I mean, I understand they weren’t going to be happy no matter what, but what were they expecting to get?

They didn’t want to get anything for Karlsson.  They wanted him to stay here.  Period.  Didn’t matter who they got, they wouldn’t have been happy about it.  The guy was beloved here.  And, the fact that they got a bunch of depth pieces (no matter how great these guys are as people) just makes everything worse.

People are praying that the league does something about Melnyk.  They’re staying away from the CTC in droves (for very valid reasons) and losing Karlsson is just going to exacerbate that.

Posted by Canucklehead from Ottawa, Ontario on 09/14/18 at 10:13 AM ET

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