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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