Despite the constant off-season talks of a trade involving Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson, when the moment finally materialized, the man of the hour seemed to be stunned.
At his press conference today after the deal that sent him to the San Jose Sharks for a package of six assets, Karlsson was seemingly in disbelief of what had just transpired.
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“As of right now, it is really emotional and a sad, sad moment,” the two-time Norris Trophy winner explained. “And even though you have heard a lot of things about this could be possible, I think that you can’t really prepare for it, for any of it, so, it’s sad.”
Karlsson’s reaction to the news is not so surprising. The superstar spent nine seasons playing for the Senators, and things certainly did not end on the best of terms. Last season was one of the toughest for the 28-year-old, who failed to score 15 or more goals for the first time in a campaign which he played in 70 games or more. To make matters worse, team owner Eugene Melnyk and the blue-liner had a pretty public falling out.
And while the offensively gifted rearguard may be upset now, I’m sure it won’t take him too long to discover the perks of playing in California. Wearing shorts and flip-flops all year round doesn’t sound like a bad way to live if you ask me.
Oh, and I’m sure he’ll really appreciate his new teammates, too. Getting to play on a defence corps which includes the likes of Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic sounds like something he’ll probably get used to pretty quickly.
Plus, by the sounds of it, his Sharks teammates are pretty excited to have him there.
Joe Thornton via text message when I asked him for his reaction on his team getting Erik Karlsson: “F—— Incredible!"
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) September 13, 2018
Senators GM Pierre Dorion also had a press conference to address the media and fans after the trade. He explained how Ottawa made out in a deal that the team seemed destined to lose from the moment Karlsson’s name appeared in trade rumours.
“This trade represents the best opportunity for the Ottawa Senators to rebuild towards the consistent excellence that we are striving for.”
Pierre Dorion speaks with the media following today’s trade with the San Jose Sharks. pic.twitter.com/mX8TUSccC2
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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.
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.
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