The Ottawa Senators may have traded captain Erik Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks, but he said that he still considers Ottawa “home.”
“It’s a very emotional and sad day for me and my family, but it’s an unfortunate part of the business,” Karlsson said at a press conference Thursday, choking back tears. “(Thank you) to the city of Ottawa for taking me in and making it my forever home.”
Erik Karlsson on leaving Ottawa: "Even though I'm not going to represent this hockey club, this will always be my home….It's very unfortunate that I'm going to have to move on professionally."
— Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) September 13, 2018
The Ottawa Citizen has a bunch of stories online about the trade…
Mayor Jim Watson tweeted that Karlsson will be missed.
Very sad to see @ErikKarlsson65 leave our City. He was always a tremendous leader on and off the ice. He and @MelindaCurrey will be very much missed. We thank him for 9 great seasons with the @Senators – All the best moving forward. #EK65
— Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) September 13, 2018
The Ottawa Senators published a press release with the headline “Ottawa Senators complete most important trade in rebuild” (which will probably inflame more than a few fans.)
“While looking to the future with excitement and optimism, the franchise does wish to thank Erik Karlsson for his nine years of service,” the release said.
Thank you, Erik. You’ve been an exceptional member of the Ottawa Senators community both on and off the ice. We thank you for your dedication and wish you all the best. pic.twitter.com/h2VidKmSc1
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) September 13, 2018
There was skepticism and disappointment, to say the least.
— Rob Snow (@CFRASnow) September 13, 2018
The Karlsson return is underwhelming, to put it mildly. That said, looking forward to "we could have offered more" grumblings from teams who've known he was on the market for six months.
— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) September 13, 2018