After a long summer of speculation, Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson traded to the San Jose sharks.
According to Sportsnets Elliotte Friedman, the return contains several tips and prospects.
In 2019 or 2020 there will be a first-rounder, in 2019 a second-rounder, Josh Norris and Rudolfs Balcers
– Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) September 13, 2018
Karlsson had spent his entire career with the senators since he was drafted by the organization in 2008, a total of 15.
The 28-year-old has won two Norris trophies and led Ottawa to a Stanley Cup finals goal, which he lost in 2017 overtime from Game 7 to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
He has only one more year on his contract and is due to reach the unrestricted free agency on July 1st. With the organization of senators unraveling during the 2017/18 season and experiencing significant turbulence this off-season, it seemed unlikely that the slick-skating blue liner would be much longer in Ottawa.
The Senators are underway for a complete remodeling, with owner Eugene Melnyk announcing his intention to include many fresh faces in the coming seasons during a session interview with defender Mark Borowiecki, who was released by the team earlier this week.
The video only fueled speculation about Karlsson's relationship with the team, as Melnyk did not mention a single mention of the captain when he spoke of the club's vision for the future.
Karlsson scored nine goals (his lowest full year total) and registered 53 assists for 62 points in 71 games in 2017-18. In 627 career-season games in nine seasons with Ottawa, he has 126 goals and 518 points.