Ottawa Senators trade Erik Karlsson to San Jose Sharks

Ottawa Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson has been traded to the San Jose Sharks

Ottawa Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson has been traded to the San Jose Sharks

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.

"It's a long-term approach and we think Erik fits for now and for a long time", Wilson told reporters, including The Athletic's Craig Custance, after landing Karlsson in a trade with the Ottawa Senators on Thursday. "I never wanted to leave this place, but at the same time I respect their decision".

"I'm just going to speak from the heart", Karlsson said.

"I think it will be an extremely competitive team", he said. And given what Ottawa's original asks for Karlsson were, and what some of the rumored-to-be interested teams offered, it's a massive disappointment for the Sens. "We know we're in a rebuild now and we know this is the best thing in the plan and the rebuild for us to have success In the rebuild".

The way Dorion sold the move, the most dynamic star in franchise history was an invaluable commodity in the quest to start over. "The Sens also get a 1st in 2021 or 2022 if Karlsson plays for an eastern team in 2018/19".

Once upon a time, Montreal Expos fans experienced the type of hollow feeling that hit Senators faithful Thursday.

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Some of those prospects did turn out to be good players, but not all the fans returned, having lost trust, fearing that the cycle might repeat itself over and over again.

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The comparisons to Alfredsson's departure for the Detroit Red Wings as an unrestricted free agent in July 2013 are inevitable because Karlsson has roots in the community.

Dorion admitted the decision to rebuild was made in February, yet during town hall meetings with fans in April said, "at the end of the day it will be (Karlsson's) choice".

There is a certain logic to the Senators' new course - we'll have a better idea of the return for Karlsson three or four years down the road - but that doesn't make the tone of the trade feel any less cold.

The Senators will receive Chris Tierney, Rudolfs Balcers, Dylan DeMelo and the rights to prospect Josh Norris in addition to a conditional 2019 second-round selection and a conditional 2020 first-round selection.

Karlsson, 27, was selected by the Senators with the 15th overall pick of the 2008 draft.

The video only furthered speculation around Karlsson's relationship with the team, as Melnyk did not include a single mention of the captain as he spoke of the club's vision for the future.

That launched the #MelnykOut hashtag on Twitter the same month, and while Melnyk eventually backtracked on the relocation talk, some fans chose to vent their frustration by raising money to fund a series of billboards featuring the slogan.

Will they be allowed to grow at their own pace, rather than being judged prematurely, with unrealistic expectations attached?

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