The Sharks acquired Karlsson and forward prospect Francis Perron in a trade with the Ottawa Senators for forwards Chris Tierney and Rudolfs Balcers, defenseman Dylan DeMelo, unsigned forward Joshua Norris, a first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft or 2020 NHL Draft, a second-round pick in the 2019 draft, and two conditional draft picks. In return, the Senators will get a first-round pick in 2019 or 2020, centre Chris Tierney, a second-round pick in 2019 (the best of the two San Jose now has), prospect centre Josh Morris, prospect Rudolfs Balcers, and defenceman Dylan DeMelo. The Senators also will receive a first-rounder in 2021 or 2022 if Karlsson is on an Eastern Conference roster this season.
So now that we know the details of the deal, the Sharks are clearly the winners.
A two-time Norris Trophy victor, Karlsson is a pending unrestricted free agent next July, due to break the bank as one of the top defensemen in the National Hockey League.
Karlsson joins a team with a top goaltender in Martin Jones; skilled forwards in Logan Couture, Evander Kane, Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski; and one of the league's top defensive units featuring 2017 Norris Trophy victor Brent Burns and shutdown defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic.
Meanwhile, this looks like a great move for the Sharks, and one that should further boost their aims of contending again this season.
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"I'm thrilled to have this signed going into the season", Seguin said, according to the Stars' website. Just 15 months ago, the Sens - with Karlsson playing at an all-world level despite a badly-injured ankle - was a double-overtime goal away from advancing to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.
The Senators will also receive a second-round pick in 2021 or a first-round pick.
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"I never thought I would leave this place, but unfortunately we are here under these circumstances", said Karlsson.
Karlsson had 62 points (nine goals, 53 assists) in 71 games last season. "I'm sure things will go smoothly in that regard, and we hope to have him here for a long time". A case in point is the infamous 1992 Eric Lindros trade, which wound up playing a key role in the creation of the Colorado Avalanche dynasty and didn't work out too well for the Flyers; however, that deal looks so lopsided in hindsight largely thanks to Lindros' concussions (not predictable at the time), and it should also be noted that that was a deal made for a player who hadn't yet played in the National Hockey League, not an already-existing star like Karlsson.
The Sharks made the addition without giving up a top-six forward or top-four defenseman. "So the fact that Doug got it done, obviously we're ecstatic and can't wait to get to work with him".
"We're going to get him in here", DeBoer said. The 24-year-old Tierney played the biggest role for San Jose of any of the players traded to Ottawa, spending much of the year as a third-line center.
Karlsson put the Senators on his shoulders in the 2017 playoffs, leading them in scoring with 18 points - including two game-winning goals - in 19 contests, averaging more 28 minutes of ice time despite having torn tendons in his left foot, which required off-season surgery.
Perron was a seventh-round pick in 2014 and spent the past two seasons in the AHL.
The Sabres conditionally own the Sharks 2019 first round pick.