The San Jose Sharks may have won the 2018 offseason on one of the very last days.
They traded for one of the best defensemen in the NHL, Erik Karlsson. The Ottawa Senators acquired Chris Tierney, Dylan DeMelo, Josh Norris, Rudolfs Balcers, 2020 1st, 2019 2nd, and two conditional picks.
Sources say the #Sens have dealt Erik Karlsson to the Sharks in exchange for Chris Tierney, Dylan DeMelo, Josh Norris, Rudolfs Balcers, 2020 1st, 2019 2nd and two conditional picks.— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) September 13, 2018
The Senators move on from Karlsson, but they also acquire a bunch of spare parts as well. The players involved definitely don't add up to Karlsson, and unless the Sharks immediately start to tank, those picks are going to be later in the round.
It is encouraging to see the Sharks go for it in an already wide-open Western Conference. Now the clock begins to see if Karlsson will re-sign with the Sharks and make them a year in and year out contender.
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