The Ottawa Senators have traded pending UFA Erik Karlsson tot he San Jose Sharks.
San Jose gets Karlsson and Francis Perron with Ottawa getting a first round pick in 2020, 2nd round pick in 2019, forwards Chris Tierny, Rudolfs Balcers, defenseman Dylan Demelo, prospect Josh Norris and a 2021 second round pick if Karlsson re-signs with the Sharks.
The Rangers had long been mentioned as a potential match for Karlsson and then as a third team that could help facilitate a trade between Ottawa and a team that needed cap space.
San Jose is projected to have $25.7 million in cap space after this season.
Adam Rotter: This impacts the Rangers in a few different ways, most of all in that they weren't used to help facilitate a deal and did not take on another contract. That opportunity is still there for the Rangers with another team, but it won't be with Karlsson. This deal comes without a contract extension for Karlsson so that means he could still be in play, if the Rangers want, as a UFA this coming summer. Some people around the league believe that the Rangers are high on his potential wish list of teams, but I'm not sure the Rangers will know if he is a fit until after this season ends and they see where some of their young defensemen are. This trade also impacts the Rangers in that one of the best players in the league has left their conference and an Ottawa team that was expected to be near the bottom will likely stay there.