It's also being reported that no contract extension is involved in this deal. "We know we're in a rebuild now and we know this is the best thing in the plan and the rebuild for us to have success In the rebuild". "I was not part of that plan and that's why we're standing here today".
"It's a city that I'm going to set my roots in and forever stay in, even though I'm not going to represent this hockey club anymore", said Karlsson.
The video only furthered speculation around Karlsson's relationship with the team, as Melnyk did not include a single mention of the captain as he spoke of the club's vision for the future.
"It's very unfortunate that I'm going to have to move on professionally", Karlsson said. Wearing shorts and flip-flops all year round doesn't sound like a bad way to live if you ask me.
Coincidentally, Hoffman and Karlsson have an alleged connection that may have a played a role in their trades.
The comparisons to Alfredsson's departure for the Detroit Red Wings as an unrestricted free agent in July 2013 are inevitable because Karlsson has roots in the community.
"I don't think I could have ever prepared for this, that's why I don't have anything written and I still haven't wrapped my mind around what is going on", said an emotional Karlsson. Nine years ago on September 12, 2009, the Senators dealt winger Dany Heatley to the Sharks on the first day of camp. "It's always going to be my home and it's always going to be a community that I'm going to be as much involved in as I possibly can and give back in whatever way that I can". It's been happening really fast.
Not that the Bruins are going to be considered favorites, but there's hope that another year of progression and development from some of their younger players that clearly weren't ready for the Bolts in round two last year will benefit the Bruins should they draw into a rematch with Tampa next spring.
Though there had been talk about Karlsson's departure since the trade deadline last February, this will still come as a shock.
Brady Tkachuk, 18, who was selected by the Senators with the No. 4 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, could earn an NHL spot this season in the top six forwards. Forget the fact that he was entering the final year of his contract, because all the teams bidding for Karlsson did considering his unique game.
If the Senators decided to make this move now, that means contract talks they were having with Karlsson's camp were going nowhere and he had no plans to re-sign here.
Yes, a team that went to the final in 2016 and already had Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic on the back end just added a two-time Norris Trophy victor who was regarded as a top-three player in the world at this time previous year.