The Senators trade Erik Karlsson to the Sharks

NHL Rumors: Senators Trade Erik Karlsson To San Jose Sharks

"It's one of those deals when you're dealing with a trade at this level, you want to be on the ground, and be there in person in case anything needs to be addressed", Wilson said from Ottawa in a phone interview Thursday on The Happy Hour.

Coincidentally, Hoffman and Karlsson have an alleged connection that may have a played a role in their trades.

In Karlsson, whose 518 points are by far the most of any defenseman since he entered the National Hockey League in 2009, San Jose gets the difference-maker it was hoping for when it pursued Tavares in free agency.

The Senators have said they are entering a rebuilding period and are planning to go with a young roster this season.

"I don't think I could have ever prepared for this, that's why I don't have anything written and I still haven't wrapped my mind around what is going on", said an emotional Karlsson.

Karlsson has won two Norris Trophies as the NHL's top defenceman.

Karlsson rumors are indeed intensifying, however talking to people I get the sense that most of the people/chatter implying this is "really close to happening" is being driven once again by Ottawa's desire to force the hand of some of the teams with which they have discussed Karlsson.

Normally, a trade between teams out of Colorado's division and not involving them would just be fun fodder for dissecting the deal but this one actually has a chance to have a significant impact on the Avalanche.

Wilson said the Sharks felt they had to pay a high price to get Karlsson.

Karlsson's breakout season came in 2011-12 when he had 78 points (19 goals, 59 assists), while averaging 25:19 of ice time, but his performance in the 2017 playoffs stands out.

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

Less than a year away from unrestricted free agency, Karlsson, 28, isn't coming off his best season since being drafted by Ottawa No. 15 overall in 2008, but he's arguably still the NHL's best defenceman. In addition to the Sharks, the Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets were the two best teams in the league last season according to the standings. "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". His comments led to the creation of the #MelnykOut hashtag on Twitter, which prompted him to eventually backtrack on his chatter about relocation.

Karlsson, who said he'll return to Ottawa in the off-season, thanked the organization along with the late Bryan Murray and former captain Daniel Alfredsson.

Though there had been talk about Karlsson's departure since the trade deadline last February, this will still come as a shock.

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