Eklund - Karlsson....The Sharks are Circling...Seguin Extended. Buzz@3

Eklund - Karlsson....The Sharks are Circling...Seguin Extended. Buzz@3

After just missing out on John Tavares, the Sharks were able to land a whale this offseason to go with Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic on the blueline. Ottawa gets forwards Chris Tierney and Rudolfs Balcers, defenceman Dylan DeMelo, prospect forward Josh Norris and two conditional draft picks.

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The Sabres conditionally own the Sharks 2019 first round pick.

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.

Karlsson rumors are indeed intensifying, however talking to people I get the sense that most of the people/chatter implying this is "really close to happening" is being driven once again by Ottawa's desire to force the hand of some of the teams with which they have discussed Karlsson.

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Karlsson, 28, has one year left on his contract and has been the subject of rumors dating to the trade deadline. If the Sharks sign Karlsson to an extension, the Senators get a conditional 2021 second-round pick that becomes a first if they play for a Stanley Cup final in 2019.

In the end, the defenceman and the Senators did not see eye to eye - with the deal being done on the eve of the first on-ice session at training camp. 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". Karlsson played nine seasons in Ottawa.

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. Sharks GM Doug Wilson did it with Joe Thornton.

The Sharks made the addition without giving up a top-six forward or top-four defenseman.

The 22-year old Perron was drafted 190th overall in the seventh round of the 2014 draft by the Senators. There were thousands of empty seats for some games last season, and the organization figures to face a similar challenge in 2018-19.

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