Sharks GM sees Karlsson in San Jose's long-term plans

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Sharks GM sees Karlsson in San Jose's long-term plans

The Senators shipped Karlsson, the team's captain, to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday for four players and draft picks.

The Senators received center Chris Tierney and defenseman Dylan DeMelo, prospects Josh Norris and Rudolfs Balcers, a conditional 2019 second-round draft pick and a conditional 2020 first-round pick for their captain.

The all-world blue-liner is a pending unrestricted free agent entering the final year of the seven-year, $45-million pact he inked with the Senators in 2012, at a cap hit of $6.5 million.

"With Erik, Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic, we feel we have three of the NHL's top defencemen and stand as a better team today than we were yesterday".

Could the end of the Erik Karlsson saga finally be upon us?

Patience paid off on the eve of the start of training camp.

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. For the Sharks, his acquisition is a game-changer that could alter the course of their franchise, much like Karlsson's departure will shake the foundation in Ottawa.

"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", Wilson said. 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 Sharks also get forward Francis Perron. "We are going to build a culture of consistency which will allow this team to sustain better performance over the long term".

No, Dorion isn't pointing the finger at Karlsson for the issues that took place in the club's room last season. The Sens send Karlsson to San Jose in exchange for eight assets.

Erik Karlsson is no rental in Doug Wilson's eyes. He also led the team in average ice time (26:44, 3rd in the NHL), was second in blocked shots (120) and takeaways (55) and second in scoring with 62 points (nine goals, 53 assists). Tierney, 24, set a career-high with 40 points in 82 games with the Sharks last season. He has 41 goals and 63 assists in 284 career games. Fantasy hockey owners will surely be circling around San Jose with two of the game's most productive defenders playing on the same team. Last season was one of the toughest for the 28-year-old, who failed to score 15 or more goals for the first time in a campaign which he played in 70 games or more.

Perron was a seventh-round pick in 2014 and spent the past two seasons in the AHL.

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