Just one day before Ottawa hit the ice for training camp, the Senators traded captain Erik Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks. General manager Pierre 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. That video was accompanied by advertisements touting a similar message: the Senators, conference finalists just two seasons ago, are about to get very young and very cheap. Ottawa drafted him 15th overall back in 2008, and he came over to North America in 2009, playing 60 National Hockey League games for the Senators (with five goals and 21 assists in that span) and 12 more games for their AHL affiliate in Binghamton that first season. It becomes a first if the Sharks sign him and SJ makes it to the final this season. The condition is if the Sharks miss the playoffs, the pick moves to 2020. "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".
The next contract for Karlsson is going to be a massive one.
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.
The 22-year old Perron was drafted 190th overall in the seventh round of the 2014 draft by the Senators.
"They made it very clear with the direction they were going in - and I wasn't part of that", Karlsson said.
That launched the.MelnykOut hashtag on Twitter the same month, and while Melnyk eventually backtracked on the relocation talk, some fans made a decision to vent their frustration by raising money to fund a series of billboards featuring the slogan. Karlsson said the deal still came as a shock but he is eager to begin work on a team that made the Stanley Cup Final in 2016 and lost to Vegas in the second round previous year.
He ended up staying put, but tragedy struck in March when Karlsson and his wife Melinda announced their first child, a son they named Axel, was stillborn.
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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.
Balcers spent last season in the AHL and Norris was a first-round pick in 2017 and entering his sophomore season at MI. He was suspended by the team two weeks after being charged.
Karlsson's reaction to the news is not so surprising.
Hoffman, who was traded a week later, and Caryk have denied the allegations.
Lee, who was also GM of the Senators' AHL affiliate, resigned from both jobs with the organization last month. You bring in a player like that, you look around the room, the type of players we have, our younger players getting better, bringing in a guy like Erik Karlsson, who's a (two-time) Norris Trophy victor, having another Norris Trophy victor in Brent Burns in the back end, there's really no excuses.
The winger is a relatively untested prospect who racked up 108 points in 62 games in his final season in the QMJHL (2015-16). He also has six goals and 31 assists in 48 career playoff games.
In 627 career games, the speedy native of Landsbro, Sweden, has 126 goals and 392 assists, while averaging just under 26 minutes a night.