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It’s official: Karlsson to return for Ottawa tonight

Apr 25, 2013, 12:17 PM EDT

Erik Karlsson AP

The comeback is complete.

That was the story on Thursday as reports confirmed Erik Karlsson would return to the Senators lineup on Thursday to take on the Capitals in Washington.

The return comes 71 days after Ottawa GM Bryan Murray said the 22-year-old’s season was done.

On Feb. 13, Karlsson was cut by Pittsburgh forward Matt Cooke‘s skate, which resulted in a 70 percent laceration of his Achilles tendon.

The injury was supposed to sideline the reigning Norris winner for 3-4 months, essentially ruling out any chance of a return for the regular season and/or playoffs.

Apparently Karlsson didn’t get the memo.

He resumed skating three weeks ago — a stunning recovery in its own right — and will get back into the lineup after missing just 31 games.

It looks as though Karlsson will resume all usual activity as well. He was paired with regular defense partner Marc Methot during the pregame skate, and worked on the power play alongside Sergei Gonchar.

His return couldn’t come at a better time.

The Sens are in the midst of a two-game losing streak and need a victory to secure a playoff spot for the second consecutive season.

What’s more, the team has struggled to score goals of late — just two scored in losses to the Leafs and Penguins — and could certainly use Karlsson’s offense. He had 10 points through the first 14 games of the year and still leads all Sens defensemen in goals, with six.

Update: Here’s confirmation from Karlsson himself, via Twitter…


  1. sportsfreak13 - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    This is incredible. I think how quickly he has come back is a testament to his work ethic. Its no secret that I don’t like the senators, but karlsson is an amazing defensemen and his return is not only good for the senators but the NHL too. Welcome back!

    • ravenscaps48 - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      I think he’s using the Ray Lewis Deer Antler Spray…. I just hope he doesn’t do any further damage to it. Kid is a STUD!

      • ravenscaps48 - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        How is it naturally possible to heal a 70% torn achilles in 10 weeks?

  2. obnoxiousDCfan - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Good on him. Hockey is a mans game. If this were the National Fragile League, he would have been out for a whole year.

    On the flip side of that coin, if it happens, I’m not looking forward to the Caps facing him in the playoffs.

  3. nagidac - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Take a note for Derrick Rose and sit out the rest of this season. The Sens aren’t going to win the Cup, so really, is it worth risking the future of one of these best players? He readily admits that his foot doesn’t feel right, so why risk it? I’m sure he wants to play, but he should show some restraint and fully heal.

  4. noozehound - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    hey obnoxiousdcfan. Remember a year ago when AD blew out his ACL and MCL and tore his PCL? then he almost broke the all time single season rushing record. take your ire to the NBA.

    • ravenscaps48 - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      But he took a full offseason to recover. Karlson took what, two months to repair a 70% torn achilles?…. I highly doubt that he has made a full recovery

      • mayortito - Apr 25, 2013 at 4:47 PM

        the fact that it was a clean slice vs. a tear most likely helped speed up the recovery.

    • obnoxiousDCfan - Apr 26, 2013 at 7:32 AM

      AD? Adrian Deterson? Yeah, I remember when he did that December and had 9 months to come back, which is still not human, but he did it anyway. I also remember him sitting out preseason. Karlsson healed from a 70% tear in 71 days and is back in the same season. Your point is pointless.

  5. spavs412 - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Great news for a great young talent!

  6. rippit2000 - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Murray and Melnyk must be upset because now they don’t have anything to cry and whine about. I’m sure they’ll think of something else soon. Especially Murray, since all he ever does is whine.

  7. andrewproughcfe - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    As a Pens fan, I would just like to say great for Karlsson and the Senators. I hope they make the playoffs and make some serious noise – even if its against the Penguins.

    As for Cooke – the sooner he’s gone, the better. If the Pens were to get very lucky and win the cup this year, I would be much happier if his name was kept off of it. What he’s done to Karlsson and Savard is unacceptable, and has caused the team a lot of ill will. It’s hard to root for a team with a guy like this.

    And for all you Pen fans who will try to tell me the Karlsson play was just a bad accident – it’s not the leg up I complain about. It’s the stomping downward. Anyone in any sport would have to know that someone’s leg is very likely to be right under them, and to be careful with a sharp skate in that position. Baseball players use their cleats as weapons when sliding into 2nd, and football players routinely get suspended for stomping opponents with their cleats. Don’t be so fast to give Cooke a pass.

    • sportsfreak13 - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      Let me know how that forensic report comes out.

    • President Charles Logan - Apr 25, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      you’re a fkn clown……..get lost

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 25, 2013 at 5:47 PM

        just to make note here my comment above was directed at andrewproughcfe

  8. northstarnic - Apr 25, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Good luck to karlsson’s senators. Bad luck to greasy cooke’s penguins.

  9. northstarnic - Apr 25, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    “Sirhan” Cooke gets no pass. Long time dirty player will always be suspected of the worst. He chose his style of play a long time ago.

    • President Charles Logan - Apr 25, 2013 at 8:31 PM

      need some tissues for your whining?

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