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Senators Karlsson Doesnt Rule Out A Return

Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson hasnt ruled out a return this season.

Karlsson, the 2012 Norris Trophy winner as the NHLs top defenseman, had his left Achilles Tendon sliced by the skate of Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke during a hit along the boards during a game in February.

Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray said last month the recovery for such an injury, which Karlsson had surgery to repair what was a 70 per cent cut of his Achilles, is three-to-four months.

On Monday, Don Brennan of the QMI Agency reported that Karlsson spoke to reporters during the first intermission of the Senators 3-2 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils.

According to Brennan, Karlsson wouldnt say No when asked if there was a chance he could return for the playoffs. However, there appears to be no timeline for when he might start skating.

Tough to say right now, Karlsson told the QMI Agency.

As of now, its going to be awhile. Anything can happen, anything can change, but right now were not aiming for a certain date or anything. Were just trying to make it feel better and get everything back to normal.

Karlsson had six goals and 10 points in 14 games prior to the injury.

For more on this story visit: Cam Tucker, NBC Sports Pro Hockey Talk



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