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Sens’ Karlsson skates, less than two months after sliced Achilles

Apr 8, 2013, 11:57 AM EDT

Erik Karlsson AP

There was a sight for sore eyes on the ice in Ottawa on Monday as Sens defensman Erik Karlsson skated for the first time since slicing his Achilles in mid-February.

Karlsson went through a workout with Senators power skating guru Marc Power, and looked “very good” throughout, according to CBC’s Dan Seguin.

The 22-year-old blueliner has been out of action since his left Achilles was sliced by Pittsburgh forward Matt Cooke on Feb. 14.

The cut resulted in a 70 percent laceration, an injury that required immediate surgery and prematurely ended Karlsson’s campaign.

Or so it was said at the time.

In late March, Karlsson spoke with reporters and hinted that his season might not be finished after all.

According to Don Brennan of QMI Agency, Karlsson wouldn’t say no when asked if there was a chance he could return for the playoffs, and said it was “going to be a while” before he resumed skating.

Well, “a while” turned out to be just under two weeks, suggesting his recovery might be more accelerated than originally thought.

At the time of the injury, Sens GM Bryan Murray said typical recovery lasts 3-4 months. But several people noted Karlsson’s recovery could be made easier because there was only a 70 percent laceration of the tendon, rather than full one.

A 100 percent laceration would require a “shortening” of the tendon, which often complicates the recovery process.

Karlsson, the reigning Norris Trophy winner, had 6G-4A-10PTS in 14 games prior to getting hurt. He still leads all Senators defensemen in goals.

Update: Here’s video of Karlsson skating, courtesy CBC Ottawa…


  1. lockjaw87 - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    This poon isn’t the the hybrid soldier Letang is. Next story.

    • esracerx46 - Apr 8, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      Did you really just compare a broken toe to a sliced Achilles?

    • hurricanebrent77 - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:21 AM

      Dear lockjaw,
      U r a retard. Letang doesn’t even compare to Karlsson’s tendon. And as for Matt Cooke he shouldn’t even be able to play hockey again after the cheap shot to Savard. U obviously don’t know a thing about hockey so maybe keep your jaw locked and shut up!!

  2. pavelfitzgerald - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    How did he have 6G-14A for 10 points?

    • geo2986 - Apr 8, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      Learn how to read

    • hurricanebrent77 - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      Dear Pavel,

      Do u need glasses?? The blog says 4G & 6A. Last I checked 4+6 is 10. Duh!!

  3. jjregan21 - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Any word on the outcome of the forensic analysis? Or is CSI Canada still working on how Shero robbed Calgary?

    • yotesfan61 - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      This was perfect.

      • jacksotica - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:07 PM

        Hey yotesfan61 who’s your owner again? Right, you don’t have one.

  4. raiderufan - Apr 8, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    With the amount of stress skating must put on the Achilles this is quite amazing…10% lacerated and I’d be fairly stunned

    • drone501 - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:15 PM

      this is like a medical miracle. hard to believe. this is a terrible injury.

  5. chanceoffleury1 - Apr 8, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Talk about a potential playoff pickup! As long as Ottawa plays their cards right they’re already penciled in for the second round. As good as the Caps have been recently, people are still failing to recognize they are STILL yet to beat a playoff team in regulation. It’s about time Ottawa catches a break after all the injury issues they’ve had this year.

  6. paperlions - Apr 8, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Can we just not ever talk about this again, I’m going to be limping the rest of the day….somehow, favoring both ankles.

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