Brady Tkachuk, 18, who was selected by the Senators with the No. 4 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, could earn an NHL spot this season in the top six forwards. "It's a freakish time to make a trade when I had just come in and seen the guys, especially Tierney and DeMelo and they leave the next day", Sharks defenseman Marc-Eduoard Vlasic told NBC Sports California's Brodie Brazil in an exclusive interview Thursday. "But for us to be where we need to be for the long term in this rebuild, we had to make this decision at this point in time".
Karlsson, whose contract expires at the end of this season, doesn't quite see it that way.
Karlsson had nine goals and 53 assists last season for Ottawa.
The rumor of the summer - and at one point looking like a lock to actually happen - Karlsson is instead moving out West, where he will remain far away from the Bruins team he singlehandedly dominated in the first round in 2017.
However, this is a game of chicken and as an National Hockey League source added: "none of us are quite sure if Dorion has a point he gets serious and moves him for a little less to cut their losses".
Either way, it was hard for them to say goodbye to the smooth-skating fan favourite, who is among the best blueliners in the game.
"They are younger guys, I kinda came with them here, obviously got to hand around with them and get to know them pretty well, so it's tough seeing guys like that leaving, but I think it's a great chance for them to go somewhere else and show what they can do". "We think Erik fits with us now and for a long time".
Yes, a team that went to the final in 2016 and already had Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic on the back end just added a two-time Norris Trophy victor who was regarded as a top-three player in the world at this time a year ago.
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The governing Liberal Party is holding its caucus retreat in Saskatoon on Wednesday and Thursday and it's not known whether Ms. Still, "with a bit of flexibility, things could move quickly", the source added.
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.
If you're Edmonton's Connor McDavid or Calgary's Johnny Gaudreau, the path out of the Pacific Division just got a whole lot more hard.
An emotional Karlsson said even though there had been no shortage of speculation, the deal still caught him off guard. "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". "Even with DeMelo previous year, we were good". His comments led to the creation of the #MelnykOut hashtag on Twitter, which prompted him to eventually backtrack on his chatter about relocation.
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.
Coincidentally, Hoffman and Karlsson have an alleged connection that may have a played a role in their trades.
The 24-year old Tierney was drafted 55th overall in the second round of the 2012 draft by the Sharks. He was suspended by the team two weeks after being charged.
Karlsson's reaction to the news is not so surprising.
Senators GM Pierre Dorion also had a press conference to address the media and fans after the trade.