On Thursday the Ottawa Senators finally pulled the trigger and traded their captain Erik Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks.

In return the Senators received forward Chris Tierney, defenseman Dylan DeMelo, prospects Josh Norris and Rudolfs Balcers, a conditional 2020 first round pick and a conditional 2019 second-round pick. Ottawa would also receive a conditional 2021 second-round pick if Karlsson re-signs with the Sharks after the upcoming season.

Also headed to San Jose is forward Francis Perron in the deal.

Karlsson, who was trying to hold back tears during his press conference following the trade, said he was caught off by the deal and that it was “a sad moment.”

Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said the plan was put in place with owner Eugene Melnyk in a February meeting to move Karlsson, but really the development was in what Melnyk said on Parliament Hill last December. At that time Melnyk said, “We can’t keep spending at the top end and getting the lowest revenues. It just doesn’t work.”

However, what Ottawa got back in return in this deal was quantity, not quality. That is not a slight on the players that are headed to Canada’s capital city, but a statement on what Dorion negotiated. If you are going into a rebuild and you are trading your top star, who is still arguably one of the best in the game at this time, then you need to get quality back. In other words, better players than they got.

Also, if you want to rebuild you need first round draft picks, something that Ottawa does not have in 2019.

For the Sharks this is a great deal. They already had a great defense corps and now it just gets even better with Karlsson, who has led all defenseman scoring since he joined the NHL.

If you thought last season was tough for Ottawa fans, this year will be worse. You might see many games where there is a sparse crowd in attendance.

Karlsson concludes his Senators career with 518 points in 627 contests, including an additional 37 points in 48 playoff games. He ranks third in franchise history in both points and assists and earned four first-team all-star selections since being drafted 15th overall in 2008.

With what Ottawa got in return you would think Dorion was trying to steal a page out of Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin’s playbook of bad trades.