Warrenspiece: Will fans ever accept the calculated reasoning for trading Karlsson?

NHL Rumors: Senators Trade Erik Karlsson To San Jose Sharks

For now Erik Karlsson makes San Jose one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup.

Most reaction to the trade has been "Ottawa did not get almost enough". The Sharks also get forward Francis Perron. They will no doubt experience some long, long nights as the Senators adapt to life without Karlsson.

The Senators, his only club in nine National Hockey League campaigns, offered him a contract extension in July but he would not re-sign with Ottawa. Forwards Matt Duchene (C; 152nd in NHL.com's rankings) and Mark Stone (RW; 156th), each a potential 2019 UFA, are Ottawa's top-ranked fantasy skaters after the Karlsson trade but are now less appealing in later rounds.

With the season right around the corner, this deal could be finished soon.

The Senators will also receive a second-round pick in 2021 or a first-round pick.

The Sabres conditionally own the Sharks 2019 first round pick. He said he's still upset with how the club handled former star players like Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza. "And even though you have heard a lot of things about this could be possible, I think that you can't really prepare for it, for any of it, so, it's sad". "But again, I never, in my wildest imagination, ever thought that I was going to leave this place".

Karlsson is a two-time Norris Trophy victor and led or tied the Senators in scoring the past five years. 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.

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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.

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. "It's always going to be home and it's always going to be a community that I'm going to be as much involved in as I possibly can be and give back in whatever way that I can".

The 24-year-old Tierney is the biggest name of the group, and comes to the Senators after posting career-highs in goals (17), assists (23), and points (40) for the Sharks last season.

That launched the #MelnykOut hashtag on Twitter the same month, and while Melnyk eventually backtracked on the relocation talk, some fans made a decision to vent their frustration by raising money to fund a series of billboards featuring the slogan.

Though there had been talk about Karlsson's departure since the trade deadline last February, this will still come as a shock. In the spring, news surfaced that Karlsson's wife had filed a peace bond against Monika Caryk, Hoffman's fiancee, for alleged cyberbullying.

Lee, who was also GM of the Senators' AHL affiliate, resigned from both jobs with the organization last month.

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