Karlsson was entering the final year of a seven-year, $45 million contract.
If the Sharks end up flipping Karlsson back to an Eastern Conference team like they did with Mike Hoffman, they'll also have to send a first-round pick to Ottawa no later than 2022.
"It's extremely rare that players of this caliber become available", Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. With Karlsson in the fold, it's likely the Sabres will have the Sharks pick at the next draft. Dorion stated during town hall meetings with seasons ticket holders in April that he would offer Karlsson a long-term contract extension on July 1 and the club did. Oh, and here's where you can mention that the Senators do not possess their 2019 first-round pick, either.
They'll also receive a 2021 second-round pick if Karlsson re-signs, and that pick is upgraded to a first-rounder if San Jose also makes the 2019 Stanley Cup Final. Included in the deal are forward Chris Tierney and defenseman Dylan Demelo, according to longtime reporter Elliotte Friedman.
The rumor of the summer - and at one point looking like a lock to actually happen - Karlsson is instead moving out West, where he will remain far away from the Bruins team he singlehandedly dominated in the first round in 2017.
After watching the Matt Duchene saga hang over the Colorado Avalanche a year ago, Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion clearly did not want to enter his season with his disgruntled star still on the roster. "I've still got to wrap my around what's going on. This trade represents the best opportunity for the Ottawa Senators to rebuild towards a consistent excellence that we are striving for". "For the benefit of the organization, for the benefit of the rebuild, for the succession of the rebuild, I think today we made the proper decision". 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. And despite sounding like a straight-up imaginary player or somebody that the AI creates when you get too deep into a franchise mode in National Hockey League 19, Balcers is indeed real, and had 23 goals and 48 points in 67 AHL contests a season ago.
The Sharks made the addition without giving up a top-six forward or top-four defenseman. With the Senators organization unravelling over the course of the 2017-18 season and suffering significant turmoil this off-season, it appeared unlikely that the slick-skating blue-liner would be in Ottawa much longer. "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". Karlsson was already projected to lead all defensemen in points by NHL.com prior to the trade, and now could feasibly challenge his NHL career high of 82 points from 2015-16.
DeMelo played mostly on San Jose's third defensive pair last season when he had no goals and 20 assists in 63 games. If the Sharks miss the playoffs in 2018-19, it will be a 2019 selection, otherwise it will be in 2020.
Perron was a seventh-round pick in 2014 and spent the past two seasons in the AHL.