The San Jose Sharks acquired two-time Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Erik Karlsson from the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, making a blockbuster addition to the roster after missing out on high-scoring center John Tavares in free agency.
"Yes, it's a longterm approach", Wilson said on a conference call, when asked about a potential contract extension for the two-time Norris Trophy victor and five-time All-Star.
"You get to a certain point and it's probably best for all parties to move on", said Dorion. "I was not part of that plan and that's why we're standing here today".
"As of right now, it is really emotional and a sad, sad moment", the two-time Norris Trophy victor explained.
An emotional Karlsson said even though there had been no shortage of speculation, the deal still caught him off guard.
Vlasic and Meier might be disappointed to see DeMelo and Tierney go, but they are both excited to see what Karlsson will bring to the Sharks, who now are major contenders in the Western Conference. Wearing shorts and flip-flops all year round doesn't sound like a bad way to live if you ask me.
The Dallas Stars have signed Seguin to an 8-year contract extension through 2026-27 at an AAV of $9.85 million.
More controversy bubbled to the surface in May when former captain and franchise icon Daniel Alfredsson, who left his role with Ottawa as a senior adviser the previous summer, was quoted saying he hopes the team gets a new owner. The move comes on the eve of the first on-ice session at Senators training camp.
"I don't think that I could have ever prepared for this", Karlsson said. "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". As we saw a year ago in the playoffs with Washington and Pittsburgh in 2016 and 2017, you need star players to have success in the National Hockey League.
Though there had been talk about Karlsson's departure since the trade deadline last February, this will still come as a shock.
If the Senators decided to make this move now, that means contract talks they were having with Karlsson's camp were going nowhere and he had no plans to re-sign here. The superstar spent nine seasons playing for the Senators, and things certainly did not end on the best of terms.
I've also heard that it's hard to rebuild without a first-round pick - a key piece the Senators still lack for the 2019 NHL Draft.
Karlsson is a two-time Norris Trophy victor and led or tied the Senators in scoring the past five years.
The decision to trade Karlsson signals that the organization is entering a full rebuild, and the captain may not be the last player out of the door before the work here is completed for next season.