It took some time, but the long-rumored Erik Karlsson trade finally happened Thursday, the day the Senators opened training camp.
Rumors began to swirl that the trade would be imminent when the captain hadn’t been seen by noon ET at the facility. Karlsson did show up around 12:15 p.m. and media was informed he would speak around 1 p.m. That never materialized, and less than two hours later the two-time Norris Trophy winner was shipped to San Jose.
Just days after owner Eugene Melnyk said the team was going to rebuild with rookies and second-year players, they acquired a bunch of picks and four players under the age of 25.
The hockey community took to Twitter to react — and celebrate the end of the NHL’s most exhausting storyline:
“I wish we were standing here in different circumstances. It’s an emotional and sad day,” says Karlsson. #Sens pic.twitter.com/cYs7u2AVlh
— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) September 13, 2018
Extremely excited with the addition of @ErikKarlsson65. Welcome, let’s get it.
— Logan Couture (@Logancouture) September 13, 2018
How I picture the opening night crowd. #karlsson pic.twitter.com/s14wvSBwlB
— Rob Snow (@CFRASnow) September 13, 2018
Wonder where Martin Jones is taking Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson for dinner? ??♀️ With 10 combined All Star games and 3 Norris Trophies, life in between the pipes just got a heck of a lot easier! #DinnerOnJones @sanjosesharks
— Kathryn Tappen (@KathrynTappen) September 13, 2018
EK9+EK65 ???? gotta love it.
— Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) September 13, 2018
Joe Thornton via text message when I asked him for his reaction on his team getting Erik Karlsson: “F—— Incredible!”
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) September 13, 2018
Goodbye my love @ErikKarlsson65 pic.twitter.com/dlf6mTLWgB
— Andrew Hammond (@andrewhammond30) September 13, 2018
— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) September 13, 2018
Wow!! Welcome to @SanJoseSharks @ErikKarlsson65! Unreal! Can’t wait to see that sauce in person! pic.twitter.com/S1uxDiAeUn
— Brent Burns (@Burnzie88) September 13, 2018
Erik Karlsson to the @SanJoseSharks….. Watch out NHL! Get outta the water! #SharkAttack
— Jeremy Roenick (@Jeremy_Roenick) September 13, 2018