Karlsson trade confirms Senators in rebuilding mode

Karlsson trade confirms Senators in rebuilding mode

Karlsson trade confirms Senators in rebuilding mode

Karlsson is a two-time Norris Trophy victor and led or tied the Senators in scoring the past five years. And Tavares, who reportedly was offered $13 million per season with the Sharks, signed in Toronto for $2 million less per year to help the team try to keep William Nylander, Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner in the fold. Defenseman Christian Wolanin, 23, impressed with his strength, vision and poise during a late-season stint after he signed a two-year, entry-level contract out of the University of North Dakota.

If the Senators chose 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. I know this all too well, because I too was told just last week that this would get done soon, and Kevin Allen of USA Today came on our podcast last week and said a few GMs felt it would be done in a few days as well.

Ottawa Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson pauses on the ice during the second period of a game against the Arizona Coyotes in Glendale, Ariz., on March, 3, 2018.

"I think it will be an extremely competitive team", he said.

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The 28-year old Karlsson was drafted 15th overall in the first round of the 2008 draft.

Dorion wouldn't give a timetable for how long he expects the rebuild to take, but with Senators training camp starting Friday, the players are embracing the role of underdogs.

Plus, by the sounds of it, his Sharks teammates are pretty excited to have him there.

Karlsson's breakout season came in 2011-12 when he had 78 points (19 goals, 59 assists), while averaging 25:19 of ice time, but his performance in the 2017 playoffs stands out.

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After advancing to the Eastern Conference Final in 2016-17, when they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games, the Senators finished 30th in National Hockey League last season and admitted they needed to overhaul their roster with speed, skill and youth. Sometimes you have to wait a little bit more time. "We've had discussions about it, but you never really feel that it's going to come to fruition, a deal like this, until you actually get that call. Even though there's been a lot of noise for nearly a year now, I never thought in my wildest imagination I was going to leave this place". His comments led to the creation of the #MelnykOut hashtag on Twitter, which prompted him to eventually backtrack on his chatter about relocation.

Through it all, Karlsson's future remained a key talking point ahead of February's trade deadline.

This transaction signifies that Ottawa is now in full rebuild mode, but with an angry fan base upset at the current leadership group, the situation in the nation's capital may only get more volatile from here. He was suspended by the team two weeks after being charged. In the spring, news surfaced that Karlsson's wife had filed a peace bond against Monika Caryk, Hoffman's fiancee, for alleged cyberbullying.

Hoffman, who was traded a week later, and Caryk have denied the allegations.

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Senators GM Pierre Dorion also had a press conference to address the media and fans after the trade.

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