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Sens’ Anderson: ‘Not far-fetched’ for Karlsson to return this year

Apr 8, 2013, 4:35 PM EST

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Earlier today, we passed along news that Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson participated in some skating drills, less than two months after suffering a season-ending lacerated Achilles tendon.

Now it sounds like he’s eying a return to action.

Despite Sens GM Bryan Murray saying Karlsson’s year was “finished” on Feb. 14, Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson suggests his GM might be wrong.

“It’s not that far-fetched,” Anderson told Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun about Karlsson’s potential return before the end of the regular season.

“I saw video of him skating this morning and I was quite impressed,” Anderson quipped. “He skates better than I do.”

Karlsson suffered the injury roughly seven weeks ago and, after undergoing immediate surgery to repair the tendon, was given a recovery window of 3-4 months.

The “silver lining” at the time was he only suffered a 70 percent laceration. A fully severed tendon required a shortening process that could have significantly delayed Karlsson’s rehab.

As for the possibility of returning this year…

The Sens have 10 games remaining in the regular season, with their season finale on Saturday, Apr. 27 against the Flyers.

That would give Karlsson nearly three more weeks of rehab before getting in a game prior to the playoffs, assuming Ottawa makes it.

The Senators currently sit sixth in the Eastern Conference with 44 points, four clear of ninth-place New Jersey with a game in hand.

  1. dkphilly1122 - Apr 8, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Good for him. I hope he returns for the Playoffs. Nobody likes to see good players like him done for the year……especially after that type of injury it is amazing. Best wishes for him to continue healing fast and get back.

  2. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 8, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    I’d love to see Ottawa get this kid back in time for the playoffs. To me the Sens are one of those clubs that could be a darkhorse candidate in the East. Much like when Tampa came from nowhere and made it to the ECF a few years back (they were a 5th seed). They’ve suffered so many injuries to star players and just keep chugging along. That bodes well for them in the Playoffs as it shows their depth. All you need is a hot goalie and you can upset some higher seeds, and Craig Anderson/Robin Lehner are both candidates for that type of performance. And if they stay in that 6 spot they’ll matchup with the Southeast winner. Don’t be surprised people if Ottawa wins a round or two.

  3. jacketsfan7 - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    @phillyphanatic77 I totally agree , the sens are definitely one of , if not the most underrated NHL teams , I think they’ll make it to the 2nd round

  4. scionofflame - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    I would never bring him back that quickly. He is FAR too valuable an asset to play around with his health.

    Is it worth it to make the playoffs if you further injure your star d-man?

  5. President Charles Logan - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Wow you mean CSI Ottawa has something not to complain and whine about?

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