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Sens coach MacLean: If Karlsson feels ready, he’ll play tomorrow

Apr 24, 2013, 1:11 PM EDT

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Looks like Erik Karlsson‘s remarkable recovery from a sliced Achilles tendon is just about complete.

On Wednesday, Ottawa head coach Paul MacLean said the reigning Norris winner is at the point of his rehab where — if Karlsson feels he’s ready to come back — he’ll be put into the lineup.

“If he feels confident it’s time for him to play,” MacLean told reporters after practice, “he’ll play.”

Karlsson hasn’t played since suffering the injury in mid-February. When news of the Achilles laceration first broke, Sens GM Bryan Murray said the 22-year-old’s season was done.

Apparently Murray underestimated Karlsson’s resolve.

The Swedish rearguard has defied medical estimates to get back onto the ice and in a position to return before the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Ottawa has three games left in the regular season — including Thursday’s tilt in Washington against the Capitals — and are still looking to clinch a postseason berth.

As for other Karlsson-related notes…

Sportsnet’s Ian Mendes confirmed Karlsson will wear cut-resistant socks upon his return to action.

He has been reuinted with Marc Methot, his defense partner from earlier in the year.

— If Karlsson does return on Thursday, he’ll have missed exactly 71 days (31 games) with an injury that shelves most people for 3-4 months.

  1. sjsharks66 - Apr 24, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    He has to finish his meeting with Horatio before he can come back.

  2. capsfan19 - Apr 24, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Hmmm… I hope this kid isnt rushing himself into this. Would hate for him to reinjure it!

  3. f2maestro - Apr 24, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    If the team doctors have cleared him to play and he feels he is ready to play then who’s to say he isn’t healed and ready to go. The more I read about this, though, the more I fall under the impression he’s rushing back. 71 days to be completely healed from that type of injury just seems way too short.

    Good for him though if he is ready to go.

  4. chanceoffleury1 - Apr 24, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    I can’t believe Karlsson is gonna make me root for the Rangers in their next 2 games…….

  5. letsgopens8771 - Apr 24, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    CSI: Ottawa case file closed: Cooke did not stab Erik Karlsson intentionally.

    Glad to see him back.

  6. thehighcountrybear - Apr 24, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Oh good, the flags have been flying at half mast in Ottawa since mid-February…

    Maybe some normalcy can finally return to our nation’s Capital, CIS teams can return to solving complex murders inside forty minutes on television and the crooked lying senators can be called to the Courts for fraudulent procurement of public funds [ that’s the political senators not the hockey version ]?

  7. drone501 - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    still can’t believe he’s coming back this quick from this type of injury.

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