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Tearful Erik Karlsson 'never wanted to leave' Senators

14 September 2018

Ottawa also gets a second-round pick in 2021 if Karlsson re-signs with the Sharks. "We are thrilled to welcome Erik and his wife, Melinda, to San Jose". Oh, and here's where you can mention that the Senators do not possess their 2019 first-round pick, either. "It will take me a long time to get over it". Forward Francis Perron is headed to the Sharks along with Karlsson.

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

Karlsson, who said he'll return to Ottawa in the off-season, thanked the organization along with the late Bryan Murray and former captain Daniel Alfredsson. Forget the fact that he was entering the final year of his contract, because all the teams bidding for Karlsson did considering his unique game. I know this all too well, because I too was told just last week that this would get done soon, and Kevin Allen of USA Today came on our podcast last week and said a few GMs felt it would be done in a few days as well.

Karlsson, 28, has one year left on his contract but Wilson said he hopes to keep him for the long term.

Brady Tkachuk, 18, who was selected by the Senators with the No. 4 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, could earn an NHL spot this season in the top six forwards. Karlsson won the Norris as the league's best defenseman in 2012 and 2015. 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.

Karlsson rumors are indeed intensifying, however talking to people I get the sense that most of the people/chatter implying this is "really close to happening" is being driven once again by Ottawa's desire to force the hand of some of the teams with which they have discussed Karlsson. "I think it's going to be an extremely competitive team".

The Sharks made the addition without giving up a top-six forward or top-four defenseman.

Yes, a team that went to the final in 2016 and already had Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic on the back end just added a two-time Norris Trophy victor who was regarded as a top-three player in the world at this time a year ago.

Plus, by the sounds of it, his Sharks teammates are pretty excited to have him there.

This transaction signifies that Ottawa is now in full rebuild mode, but with an angry fan base upset at the current leadership group, the situation in the nation's capital may only get more volatile from here. "It's always going to be my home and it's always going to be a community that I'm going to be as much involved in as I possibly can and give back in whatever way that I can". He has 41 goals and 63 assists in 284 career games.

The 22-year old Perron was drafted 190th overall in the seventh round of the 2014 draft by the Senators.

Balcers spent last season in the AHL and Norris was a first-round pick in 2017 and entering his sophomore season at MI.

Tearful Erik Karlsson 'never wanted to leave' Senators