I've also heard that it's hard to rebuild without a first-round pick - a key piece the Senators still lack for the 2019 NHL Draft. He explained how Ottawa made out in a deal that the team seemed destined to lose from the moment Karlsson's name appeared in trade rumours.
"Ultimately, to acquire a player like this, you have to give to get and we are losing some quality players but also some very good people", Wilson said. The move comes on the eve of the first on-ice session at Senators training camp.
Thanks for all the great feedback yesterday on Boston.As I said before, I wanted to try something outside the box with these and tailor them towards what I know you all come here for.rumors and player movement.As I do more of them I believe you will start to see how these "Value Rankings" (need a better name) play into the path teams are taking.They are huge clues in this National Hockey League puzzle.
That team is the San Jose Sharks.Wilson has been trying to get something done for a while now and this morning I am hearing they are even looking into an extension.that only happens if the pieces are nearly in place.So the Sharks are a legit possibility.One source told me in the last hour."The Sharks are making a huge push". "We are going to build a culture of consistency which will allow this team to sustain better performance over the long term".
Karlsson, whose contract expires at the end of this season, doesn't quite see it that way.
Most reaction to the trade has been "Ottawa did not get almost enough". He had career highs with 17 goals and 23 assists and played all 82 games.
The departure of the 28-year-old is the latest development in what has been a turbulent stretch for the Senators.