Karlsson not ruling out playoff return just yet

Injured Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson won’t rule out playing in the playoffs if his team qualifies.

Erik Karlsson is helped off the ice by Chris Phillips and trainer Gerry Townend last month after being cut by Matt Cooke's skate. Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images.

Injured Ottawa Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson didn’t completely dismiss the possibility of returning this season if the club has an extended playoff run.
“The guys have been playing great and that helps my motivation as well,” Karlsson said during the first intermission of Monday night’s game against the New Jersey Devils. “I’m looking forward to the playoffs. If that time comes, it’s going to be a decision. But right now, we don’t really aim to play this year.”
Karlsson had Achilles tendon surgery after Pittsburgh Penguins agitator Matt Cooke sliced his leg Feb. 13. The typical recovery time is six months and Karlsson has been making slow-but-steady progress. He’s now walking without a protective boot.
“Baby steps, but I think overall, it has been feeling pretty good since it happened,” he said. “It feels like I’m going forward. I still think it’s going to be a while. Right now, (I’m) not aiming for a certain date or anything. Just trying to get things better, getting back to normal.”
Karlsson, who won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenceman last season, had six goals and four assists in 14 games before suffering the injury.

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