San Jose is sending the Senators a first-round pick in 2019 or 2020, a second-round pick in 2019, forwards Chris Tierney, Josh Norris and Rudolfs Balcers, defenseman Dylan DeMelo and two conditional draft picks.
"This is the right moment for us to rebuild our team, and shape our future with a faster, younger and more competitive team on the ice", Senators general manager Pierre Dorion 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".
Karlsson had nine goals and 53 assists last season for Ottawa. "I was not part of that plan and that's why we're standing here today".
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.
"It's a city that I'm going to set my roots in and forever stay in, even though I'm not going to represent this hockey club anymore", said Karlsson. "I still have a year on my deal and, unfortunately, I couldn't follow through".
The star defenseman's name has been abound in trade talks for months, as Karlsson's been connected to several teams, most notably the Tampa Bay Lightning, Las Vegas Golden Knights and recently the Vancouver Canucks.
The comparisons to Alfredsson's departure for the Detroit Red Wings as an unrestricted free agent in July 2013 are inevitable because Karlsson has roots in the community. "It will take me a long time to get over it". "I never wanted to leave this place, but at the same time I respect their decision". The Senators also will receive a first-rounder in 2021 or 2022 if Karlsson is on an Eastern Conference roster this season.
The six-foot, 191-pound Swede was selected by the Senators with the 15th overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. A two-time Norris Trophy victor as the NHL's top blueliner, he has 126 goals and 518 points in 627 games.