Months of speculation have boiled down into the Erik Karlsson move to San Jose, and now it’s over. Ottawa got back a disappointing jumble of mediocrity, and Doug Wilson looks like a God. All that’s left is to speculate what the San Jose Sharks will look like, and be able to complete, in the 2018-19 season. With this in mind, I take a look at what’s ahead.
The bait that San Jose have been throwing at big name trade candidates and free agents has finally caught, and the Sharks have netted two time Norris award winner Erik Karlsson from the Ottawa Senators.
The return is forward Chris Tierney, defenseman Dylan DeMelo, prospects Josh Norris (F) and Rudolfs Balcers (F), a 2020 first, 2019 second and two conditional picks.
It is also reported that Ottawa forward prospect Perron will also come to San Jose.
Karlsson is coming off a season plagued by a lingering ankle injury, but didn’t miss significant time in order to rehab it, some are arguing it was a down season for him, but others argue that he remained constant as the team around him got progressively worse. Whichever side you argue, there’s no denying the season limped along in Ottawa.
San Jose failed to land prominent free agent John Tavares early in the summer, but made the final shortlist of teams before Tavares eventually signed for $11 million over 7 years in his home city of Toronto.
It’s hard to complain about what San Jose are sending back to Ottawa, when the return is Erik Karlsson, generational defenseman.
Tierney is a third line ceiling centre and DeMelo a bottom pairing defenseman. Josh Norris is a prospect with a 2C cap and Balcers, despite being the prospect I was most excited about, was realistically a second line winger.
The conditions on the two other picks are looking like protection against San Jose flipping Karlsson to the Eastern Conference (as they did with Mike Hoffman), in which case they will get an additional first no later than 2022, and the other on him resigning in San Jose (a 2021 second which becomes a first if the Sharks reach the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals).
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Erik Karlsson could soon be a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning, at least that’s according to Shawn Simpson of TSN.
Late Thursday Simpson announced the deal is done pending a trade call to the league.
Darren Dreger, also of TSN also suggested what some of the details of the trade may be, just not whether it appeared to be a done deal or not.
A little while ago I wrote an article about whether the Vegas Golden Knights needed to pursue John Tavares this summer, and now that situation is over after he signed a huge deal to go home to Toronto, is there a different big name Vegas need to go after?
Obviously Erik Karlsson is less than happy in Ottawa, I’m sure it’s a lovely city, I’ve never been but I’m sure it’s a nice city, just a toxic environment within the Senators organisation.
Now more than ever it looks like the Senators captain will be on his way out of the Canadian capital after reports the team are allowing interested teams to open contract talks with the 28-year-old.
Another day has passed and Erik Karlsson is still a member of the Ottawa Senators, and its no clearer if he’s on his way out soon.
Senators GM Pierre Dorian revealed on Sunday that the team have stuck to a promise they made fans and offered their team captain a contract extension, with the star defenseman out of contract next summer.
“Obviously we don’t really want to talk about roster players, contract negotiations, trades, all these things” Dorion told reporters on Sunday.