None of us will forget the sight of Erik Karlsson screaming in pain after suffering a partial cut of the Achilles tendon on February 13th in the Ottawa Senators game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The injury required immediate surgery and it was said that it will most likely take Karlsson out for the rest of the season. Last night Karlsson talked to the media about his injury and when he would likely return:
“It’s going well,” Karlsson said. “It’s baby steps, but I’ve been feeling pretty good since the [surgery]. It’s tough to say when I can skate again. As of right now, it’s going to be a while. Anything can happen, but as of right now, we’re not aiming for a certain date.
“The guys have been playing great, and that helps my motivation as well. I’m looking forward to seeing them hopefully go into the playoffs, and if that time comes for me, then a decision will be made. But as of right now, [the doctors] don’t really aim for [me] playing this year. It’s going forward right now, and there haven’t been any setbacks or anything like that. It’s just going to take a lot of time and patience to get to 100 percent again.”
This quote is courtesy of NHL.com they also have a video of his interview. Karlsson is definitely a huge loss for the Senators having won the Norris Trophy last season. He has 6 goals and 4 assists in the 14 games he has played this season.