OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators have traded captain Erik Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks.
A deal has been rumoured for months after Karlsson did not sign an extension offer from the Senators over the summer. The move comes on the eve of the first on-ice session at Senators training camp.
In exchange for Karlsson are center Chris Tierney, defenceman Josh Norris, forward Rudolfs Balcers and prospect Josh Norris. Ottawa will also receive a first round pick in the 2020 draft, a second round pick in the 2019 draft and two conditional picks for future drafts.
The Senators have said they are entering a rebuilding period and are planning to go with a young roster this season.
Karlsson has won two Norris Trophies as the NHL’s top defenceman. He was the Senators’ first-round pick in 2008 (15th overall)
With files from Christopher Whan