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Karlsson’s surgically repaired Achilles ‘doesn’t feel good’

May 28, 2013, 9:51 AM EDT

Erik Karlsson #65 of the Ottawa Senators looks to pass against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on May 17, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Penguins defeated the Senators 4-3.
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Defenseman Erik Karlsson openly admits that he didn’t wait for his surgically repaired Achilles to become 100 percent before returning to the Senators’ lineup, according to the Ottawa Sun.

When Karlsson’s Achilles tendon was sliced by Matt Cooke‘s skate on Feb. 13, he was projected to miss three-to-four months. Instead he returned a mere 10 weeks after the operation, but now that the Senators have been eliminated, Karlsson is shifting his focus back to rehabbing the injury.

“It doesn’t feel good,” Karlsson said. He’s hoping that “it will be back to where it was” in time for the start of the 2013-14 campaign.

All the same, Karlsson doesn’t regret returning from his injury far sooner than expected.

“If I didn’t play I don’t think I would be in a better position than I am right now,” said Karlsson. “It needs time. It’s going to take some time to get it back. I’m glad I was able to come back.

“Being part of the playoff run was fun.”

Karlsson had a goal and eight points in 10 playoff contests.

  1. jpelle82 - May 28, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    well maybe he shouldnt have played then. you could argue he probably cost them game 2 with his poor play – it was only a 4-3 loss that they maybe couldve possibly won if he wasnt victimized badly by crosby for the hat trick. one game doesnt make a series but if they win that one and then the home winner in game 3 it wouldve been 2-1 ottawa and a totally different series. bunch of what if’s and i personally dont think they wouldve won 4 anyway but still – i dont think he shouldve played if he wasnt 100% and couldve damaged himself even worse.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 28, 2013 at 12:22 PM

      Agreed! Considering he was so far from being in game shape. Some players who have an injury and haven’t been out as long a he was can still add value playing at 75% of their capacity. He had to be much lower than that with respect to game readiness.

  2. scionofflame - May 28, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Imagine that. He rushed back from what should have been a season-ending surgery that would have had him recovering into the offseason…and he doesn’t feel good.

    I commented on the first article that said Karlsson was coming back. I said it was a reckless and stupid move by Melnyk and MacLean to bring the big, bright talent draw they have in Ottawa back so quickly. I’ll stand by it. Because if he’d gotten injured -again- in playoff intensity hockey? Yeah. Not a good scene.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 28, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      Too quick considering his ability to contribute effectively. However, not too quick with respect to his injury meaning he couldn’t make it worse. Bottom line, as long as he’s not in a position to put his career at risk, some players want to come back asap and play through the pain.

  3. sjsharks66 - May 28, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    What an idiot! You work so hard to play in the NHL and you risk ruining your entire career to come back and lose in the playoffs. Stupid, stupid move!

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 28, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      He didn’t put his career at risk. Every player during the course of their career has played with an injury. They do so because they are informed by doctors who tell them the risk is low to aggravate an injury, let alone put their career in jeopardy.

  4. at245am - May 28, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Well, he’s still a young kid. He doesn’t want to sit around and wait for an injury to heal while his team is playing a playoffs series. Is it dumb? Yeah, maybe, and it would’ve been really bad for the Sens had he gotten injured, but he’s just an excitable kid dedicated to the sport.

    He’ll rehab it and he should be just fine.

  5. govtminion - May 28, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Still amazed by this. You know Karlsson wanted to get back on the ice ASAP, risk or not- and that’s what your training staff is for, to make sure he comes back when he’s ready. I can’t fathom what their trainers were thinking here- same as with RGIII in football, if your player isn’t ready to go, and is risking permanent injury for a playoff game, the trainers are the ones who need to stand up and say something. In both cases, they didn’t. Very disappointing.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 28, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      Permanent as in career ending? Or permanent as in playing with a sore Achilles? How do we know he was risking permanent injury?

      • govtminion - May 28, 2013 at 2:47 PM

        On a CUT Achilles tendon? Yeah, I’d say he was risking his career. Wouldn’t you?

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 28, 2013 at 2:57 PM

        I’m not a doctor so I can’t say. I do know he wasn’t playing on a cut tendon because had been surgically repaired.

  6. pitpenguinsrulez - May 28, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Well him and Spezza both got what they deserved for coming back too early. When you rush back from an injury your bound to get yourself hurt again or have your previous injury not heal properly. Look at Crosby when he first back from his concussion in November 2011. He only played 7-8 games and inturn he reinjured himself when he and Kunitz collided at center ice. It’s just not worth it to come back quickly until your fully healthy practically.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 28, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      Time out! Can’t compare head injuries to any other injury (except for broken neck and eye injuries). Very few players in their prime have retired from a bad ankle, knee, etc…. Frankly I can’t recall one that did. Glen Sharply retired early, but that was an eye injury. Again, aside from the potential lost of eye sight, concussions can cause the most damage for the remainder of one life if not detected and treated properly. Keith Primeau had to retire because he had suffered too many concussions.

      • jasonlanemann - May 28, 2013 at 2:04 PM

        Cam Neely, Pavel Bure, Bobby Orr…….. the list goes on

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 28, 2013 at 2:06 PM

        prime of their careers… that is debatable.

  7. tfaltin - May 28, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    If a player can do no further injury to himself, then I’d take Karlsson’s compete level of a player like Derrick Rose any day.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 28, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      Thumbs up! tfaltin

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