Posts Tagged ‘Trade’

Erik Karlsson confirmed that he received a contract offer from the Ottawa Senators before being traded to the San Jose Sharks, but feels he would have been dealt even if he’d accepted Ottawa’s proposal.

The defenseman expressed that sentiment in an interview with Sportsnet’s Christine Simpson Wednesday, telling her that negotiations with the Senators didn’t progress to the final stages.

“I don’t think it ever got to the point where I had an option to sign anything,” Karlsson said. “It never even got close to that, and even if I would have signed, they probably would have traded me anyways, and I would have been somewhere else.”

Karlsson also revealed that, for all intents and purposes, his fate was initially sealed last winter.

“They had me traded in February already at the (trade) deadline,” he said. “We were told we were pretty much gone, and that was very tough to hear.”

The superstar blue-liner said it was Senators general manager Pierre Dorion who informed Karlsson that a trade was imminent as training camp was on the verge of opening.

“(He) called me in the morning and told me not to come into camp (on) the first day, and that’s when I probably realized that it was going to go down pretty quickly.”

Karlsson was traded to the Sharks on Sept. 13 along with forward Francis Perron for forward Chris Tierney, defenseman Dylan DeMelo, prospects Rudolfs Balcers and Josh Norris, a pair of draft picks, and another conditional pick if Karlsson re-signs with the Sharks.

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Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry avoided phone calls and text messages from team president Masai Ujiri and new head coach Nick Nurse over the summer, league sources told TSN’s Josh Lewenberg.

Lowry deflected questions about being upset with the team for trading backcourt mate and close friend DeMar DeRozan for Kawhi Leonard during the Raptors’ media day Monday.

“I’m here to do my job,” Lowry said. “… My mindset never changes: Come to work for the Toronto Raptors, try to win (an NBA championship).”

The 32-year-old Lowry remains the Raptors’ engine despite losing a step last season. His facilitating and 3-point shooting are essential if Toronto wishes to reach the NBA Finals.

The Erik Karlsson trade saga is over.

The San Jose Sharks have acquired the Ottawa Senators captain, the team announced Thursday.

In return, the Senators received forward Chris Tierney, defenseman Dylan DeMelo, prospects Josh Norris and Rudolfs Balcers, a conditional 2020 first-round pick, and a conditional 2019 second-round pick. Ottawa would also receive a conditional 2021 second-round pick if Karlsson re-signs in San Jose after the upcoming season.

The Sharks also received forward Francis Perron in the deal.

Karlsson’s departure from Canada’s capital has been brewing for months amid constant speculation. The Senators offered Karlsson a contract extension worth a reported $10 million per season in July, but with the club headed for a complete rebuild, the mutual interest wasn’t there.

Several teams were linked to be in the mix to acquire Karlsson up until Thursday, but ultimately the Sharks won out. They’ll add a two-time Norris Trophy winner to a defensive corps that already features stalwarts Brent Burnsand Marc-Edouard Vlasic.

Karlsson concludes his Senators career with 518 points in 627 contests, including an additional 37 points in 48 playoff games. He ranks third in franchise history in both points and assists, and earned four first-team all-star selections since being drafted 15th overall in 2008.

Max Pacioretty and the Montreal Canadiens were on the same page about parting ways.

“This is a new chapter in my life that I feel mutually, myself and the (Canadiens) organization, were ready for,” the Vegas Golden Knights forward told reporters, including NHL.com’s Nick Cotsonika, at his introductory press conference Wednesday. “I think they’re going in a direction of a little bit of a rebuild or a reset, and I’m ready to move on.”

The Canadiens traded Pacioretty to the Golden Knights early Monday morning for forward Tomas Tatar, prospect Nick Suzuki, and a 2019 second-round pick. It ended a year-long saga in which he was frequently in the rumor mill and reportedly nearly dealt to other teams multiple times.

After the trade, Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin said Pacioretty asked for a trade on more than one occasion last season, but as he and his agent, Allan Walsh, have done before, the 29-year-old winger attempted to clarify that Wednesday.

Pacioretty said he was grateful for the honor of serving as Canadiens captain but he thinks the deal sending him to the Golden Knights could help his play.

The 10-year veteran had one of the worst seasons of his career in 2017-18, managing only 17 goals and 37 points after five straight non-lockout campaigns of at least 30 goals and 60 points.

He was Montreal’s captain for three seasons beginning in 2015-16.

The New York Rangers acquired defenseman Adam McQuaid from the Boston Bruins in exchange for defenseman Steven Kampfer, a fourth-round pick in 2019, and a conditional seventh-round pick, the team announced.

McQuaid has played his entire seven-year career with the Bruins, despite originally being drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round in 2005.

The 31-year-old was limited to just 38 games this past season, putting up one goal and three assists. He also contributed another goal and two points in 12 playoff games this past spring.

Kampfer, meanwhile, has jumped around the NHL during his six years in the league. He began his career playing 48 games for the Bruins between 2010-2012. From there he made stops with the Minnesota Wild, Florida Panthers, and the Rangers.

In 166 career games Kampfer has tallied 10 goals, 26 points, and 82 penalty minutes.

Max Pacioretty‘s tenure in Montreal is over, as the Canadiens announced early Monday morning that they have traded their former captain to the Vegas Golden Knights in return for Tomas Tatar, Nick Suzuki, and a 2019 second-round pick.

Pacioretty has spent his entire 10-year NHL career with the Canadiens, tallying 226 goals and 222 assists in 626 regular-season games.

The 29-year-old expressed his hope to remain in Montreal but said there was no talk of an extension heading into the final year of his contract. He had previously said he didn’t want to negotiate a long-term deal during the season so he could focus on playing.

“As I learned last year, it is very difficult to play to the best of your abilities when you have this much of a distraction,” Pacioretty told Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette earlier this week. “I think this will make it much easier on focusing about just playing hockey and that’s what I have to get back to doing and that’s what I’m looking forward to doing and that’s, I guess, the reason behind that.”

The five-time 30-goal scorer will be a major addition to an already-potent Golden Knights team that made a run at the Stanley Cup in its inaugural season, losing to the Washington Capitals in five games in the finals.

Tatar’s stay in Vegas was brief after moving there at the trade deadline, appearing in just 20 games for the Golden Knights. The 27-year-old scored a combined 20 goals with the Detroit Red Wings and Vegas last season.

Suzuki was selected 13th overall by the Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Imagine a defense with Aaron DonaldNdamukong SuhAqib TalibMarcus Petersand Khalil Mack? For Los Angeles Rams COO Kevin Demoff, it almost became his reality.

Despite being near the salary cap limit, the Rams were among the NFL’s most aggressive teams in pursuit of Mack, according to Demoff.

“We offered a pretty aggressive package and they came back and said, ‘We just think you’re going to pick too low,'” the Rams’ COO said, via Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times.

Mack was traded by the Oakland Raiders to the Chicago Bears in exchange for a package centered around two first-round picks on Saturday. The 2016 Defensive Player of the Year promptly signed a six-year extension worth $141 million, ensuring that the Bears have their marquee talent locked up for the foreseeable future.

It would be nearly impossible for the Rams to acquire Mack, given their cap situation, but one can only dream how they would’ve looked if they had pulled off the heist of the century.