"I don't comment on contract negotiations, but I will say that we've had extensive conversations with his agents, and we feel extremely comfortable making this deal today with where we're sitting", Wilson said.
Karlsson joins a team with a top goaltender in Martin Jones; skilled forwards in Logan Couture, Evander Kane, Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski; and one of the league's top defensive units featuring 2017 Norris Trophy victor Brent Burns and shutdown defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic.
Most reaction to the trade has been "Ottawa did not get almost enough".
Oh, and the Bruins absolutely do not have to worry about Karlsson torching them in April again if the Senators somehow repeated their straight-up freaky trend of having one awful year (last year) followed by a playoff-caliber year. They're getting the Sharks' first-rounder in 2019 or 2020, depending on whether San Jose makes the playoffs next season, and whichever is higher of the Sharks' two 2019 second-round picks.
If the Senators decided to make this move now, that means contract talks they were having with Karlsson's camp were going nowhere and he had no plans to re-sign here.
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Talk about the Karlsson trade also veered into discussion about the team's controversial owner, Eugene Melnyk. Karlsson won the Norris as the league's best defenseman in 2012 and 2015. "We are going to build a culture of consistency which will allow this team to sustain better performance over the long term".
The Sharks wanted to improve that unit this offseason and with Karlsson potentially setting up Burns for big point shots, they found the missing piece. "I don't think I ever in my wildest imagination I ever thought that I would leave this place but unfortunately we're here under these circumstances". Senators winger Bobby Ryan told the Ottawa Sun in May that he heard a deal was done to send himself and Karlsson to a Western Conference team, but "somebody backed out at the last second".
The Sharks made the addition without giving up a top-six forward or top-four defenseman. "As you said, there's been a lot of noise for nearly a year now, but I never in my wildest imagination thought that I was going to leave this place". And given what Ottawa's original asks for Karlsson were, and what some of the rumored-to-be interested teams offered, it's a massive disappointment for the Sens.
DeMelo played mostly on San Jose's third defensive pair last season when he had no goals and 20 assists in 63 games. There were thousands of empty seats for some games last season, and the organization figures to face a similar challenge in 2018-19.
The 22-year old Perron was drafted 190th overall in the seventh round of the 2014 draft by the Senators.