SHENZHEN, China — Wakey, wakey.
As their alarms began to shake Friday morning in China, the Calgary Flames had been greeted by information that in all probability packed the wallop of a number of cups of espresso — a Pacific Division rival had simply traded for one of many NHL’s largest stars.
In what was nonetheless the midnight in Shenzhen, the San Jose Sharks made a splash by touchdown defenceman Erik Karlsson, ex of the Ottawa Senators.
The Sharks didn’t need to subtract any key items within the swap, both, parting with solely two regulars — ahead Chris Tierney and back-ender Dylan DeMelo — plus a pair of prospects and 4 future draft selections.
Karlsson, in fact, is a two-time Norris Trophy winner and has twice extra been a finalist for the nod because the NHL’s finest defenceman.
He’s piled up extra factors over the his 9 seasons than some other rearguard. (The second identify on that checklist, Brent Burns, can be on San Jose’s star-studded blue-line.)
And at 28, Karlsson continues to be within the prime of his profession.
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His arrival actually isn’t a constructive improvement for any of the opposite squads within the Pacific Division.
Or perhaps it’s.
“It’s good, it’s good,” insisted Flames coach Invoice Peters after Friday’s observe at Shenzhen Universiade Sports activities Middle. “I like taking part in towards good groups on a constant foundation, as a result of it makes you elevate your stage and retains you at a constant excessive stage.”
Flames captain Mark Giordano, subsequent to fulfill the media in Shenzhen, additionally put a constructive spin on the blockbuster commerce.
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The Sharks completed third within the Pacific Division final season — 16 factors higher than the crew from Calgary — and have solely missed the playoffs as soon as up to now decade-plus.
“You have a look at their roster now they usually’re a powerful staff, they’re a deep staff and a staff that we’re going to need to undergo to get to the place we wish to be,” Giordano stated of Karlsson’s new membership. “However it doesn’t change something on the way in which we’re going to do issues this 12 months. We really feel like we’ve a very good, deep staff, as properly.
“He is a superb participant and he’s going to assist that staff so much. However we’re going to need to undergo them anyway, so we’ll take care of it.”
The Flames and Sharks meet twice throughout their exhibition schedule this fall and can face off 4 extra instances throughout the common season.