Se­na­tors trade Karls­son to Sharks

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The Erik Karls­son era is over in Ottawa. The Se­na­tors traded the star de­fence­man to the San Jose Sharks on Thurs­day, just one day be­fore Ottawa hits the ice for train­ing camp. The Se­na­tors dealt Karls­son and prospect for­ward Fran­cis Per­ron to the Sharks. Ottawa gets for­wards Chris Tier­ney and Ru­dolfs Bal­cers, de­fence­man Dy­lan DeMelo, prospect for­ward Josh Nor­ris, a con­di­tional 2019 sec­on­dround selec­tion and a con­di­tional 2020 first-round pick, If San Jose re-signs Karls­son, Ottawa re­ceives a con­di­tional 2021 sec­ond-round selec­tion. Karls­son, a two-time Nor­ris Tro­phy win­ner, spent the last nine sea­sons in Ottawa. Spec­u­la­tion about the cap­tain’s fu­ture had been a hot topic in what has been a head­line-loaded off-sea­son for the Se­na­tors. The team said it of­fered Karls­son, who can be­come an un­re­stricted free agent next sum­mer, a con­tract ex­ten­sion on July 1. The six-foot, 191-pound Swede was drafted by the Se­na­tors with the 15th over­all pick in the 2008 NHL En­try Draft. He made his de­but in Ottawa the fol­low­ing year. Karls­son’s break­out cam­paign came in 2011-12 when he had 78 points (19 goals, 59 as­sists), while av­er­ag­ing 25:19 of ice time. Ottawa fell to the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins in dou­ble over­time in Game 7 of the Eastern Con­fer­ence fi­nal in 2017, but strug­gled might­ily last sea­son, fin­ish­ing 30th in the 31-team NHL with just 67 points. Karls­son put the Se­na­tors on his shoul­ders in the 2017 play­offs, lead­ing them in scor­ing with 18 points — in­clud­ing two gamewin­ning goals — in 19 con­tests, av­er­ag­ing more 28 min­utes of ice time de­spite hav­ing torn ten­dons in his left foot, which re­quired off-sea­son surgery. Karls­son had 62 points (nine goals, 53 as­sists) in Ottawa’s dis­as­trous 2017-18 cam­paign.

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