Apr 8, 2013, 11:57 AM EDT
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.
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…
Jul 27, 2015, 9:29 PM EDT
But are any teams mulling his return?
Jul 27, 2015, 8:21 PM EDT
Where he’ll work as a community liaison.
Jul 27, 2015, 7:22 PM EDT
“I want to go free.”
Jul 27, 2015, 6:21 PM EDT
24-year-old forward would require waivers to be sent down…
Jul 27, 2015, 5:22 PM EDT
“I’ll have to start thinking about it more and more in the next couple of weeks.”
Jul 27, 2015, 4:28 PM EDT
Hence the six-year, $39 million contract.
Jul 27, 2015, 3:26 PM EDT
Looking to become a full-time NHLer after suffering a series of injuries at the start his pro career.
Jul 27, 2015, 2:22 PM EDT
The alignment debate rages on.
Jul 27, 2015, 1:27 PM EDT
Russ Brandon takes over.
Jul 27, 2015, 12:49 PM EDT
Click to see the full list.
Jul 27, 2015, 12:17 PM EDT
Click to see who’s still left.
Jul 27, 2015, 10:49 AM EDT
Hearing scheduled for Wednesday.
Jul 27, 2015, 10:19 AM EDT
No arbitrator required.
Jul 27, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
He calls it the six-year, $25 million contract “good for both sides.”
Jul 27, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT
Monday’s collection of links.
Jul 26, 2015, 11:02 PM EDT
The only certainty is short-term.
Jul 26, 2015, 9:57 PM EDT
Playing between Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon would excite plenty of people.
Jul 26, 2015, 8:50 PM EDT
Holdovers are noticing a summer of improvements for Buffalo.
Jul 26, 2015, 7:30 PM EDT
The two sides avoided arbitration on Sunday.
Jul 26, 2015, 6:00 PM EDT
Columbus hasn’t had a long history of being a “cap team.”
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