Morning Free Association: Win-Win-Win

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Well, Eugene Melnyck did it, he traded superstar defenseman Erik Karlsson. After all the speculation that started when Karlsson collected what was presumed to be his last game puck from Ottawa in the spring, the harassment drama between Mike Hoffman’s girlfriend and Karlsson’s wife which resulted in Hoffman being traded to San Jose, then to Florida, and the fact that the two sides were not on the same page in extension talks, Karlsson was traded to San Jose for a bag of pucks for Chris Tierney (C), Dylan DeMelo (D), prospects Josh Norris (C) and Rudolfs Balcers (F), 2020 1st round pick, 2019 2nd round pick, and two conditional picks.

For the record, Karlsson didn’t want to leave Ottawa and gave one last presser to the media, after which he thanked every single reporter.

Fans and players in San Jose are stoked.

The Senators are trying to make lemonade out of rocks, acting as if this is really serious rebuild and not complete incompetence.

I see this as a win-win-win situation:

  • The B’s don’t have to deal with Erik Karlsson 4 times a year.
  • The Senators are going to suck for quite a while; Melnyck makes Jeremy Jacobs look like he actually cares about having a successful team, you know along with his corporate greed and general malevolence.
  • We likely have at least one season to not worry about the storm of Karlsson potentially joining a loaded Lightning team.
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Satan 81's Sister
Satan 81's Sister

OMFG what a collection of uninteresting parts. A 3rd-line forward, a 7th D-man, a couple of uninspiring prospects and a couple of early-ish draft picks. (Sharks were at 21st pick last time).

I wonder if Melnyck would like to trade his fanciest car for the pile of stuff in my basement.
I mean, there’s a decent table-saw under there somewhere. Call me, Gene.

Satan 81's Sister
Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Holy cow what a dumpster fire in Tootsie land. And it’s really got to suck for the players there knowing they’re in for a dismal season.

In what world do you have Erik Fucking Karlsson and trade him for that?!? Wilson must be laughing his ass off at Melnyck knowing he fleeced him twice in the same off season.