Erik Karlsson Injury: Updates on Senators Defenseman's Achilles

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistFebruary 13, 2013

The Senators' official Twitter feed revealed that defenseman Erik Karlsson will be out indefinitely after suffering an Achilles laceration against Pittsburgh in mid-February:

UPDATE: Thursday, April 25 at 11:55 a.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

For the first time since February, Erik Karlsson is going to be on the ice for the Senators. According to the team's official Twitter feed, the talented defender will make his return in Thursday night's game against the Capitals. 

The defenseman also spoke out of his return to the lineup on his personal Twitter account.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Apr. 24, at 11:04 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Exciting news for Ottawa fans as Erik Karlsson is expected to return as soon as tomorrow, according to Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch.

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UPDATE: Friday, April 19, at 1:25 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

It's been a while since we had anything resembling news, good or bad, on Erik Karlsson, but the supremely talented young defenseman has finally been cleared for contact, according to the team's official site

Per that report: 

"It's nice to be back on the ice," Karlsson told reporters after practicing with the team Friday. "It's been a while. It was a good thing to do,"

It was the first time Karlsson skated with the team since undergoing surgery to repair a 70-percent tear in the Achilles tendon in his left leg Feb. 14. The procedure came the day after Karlsson sustained the injury when he was stepped on by the Pittsburgh Penguins' Matt Cooke.

The timetable for Karlsson's recovery originally was estimated at six months, but Karlsson began skating about three weeks ago.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 14, at 12:50 p.m ET by Timothy Rapp

Bad news, Senators fans—Karlsson is going to be out of commission for quite some time. From the team's official Twitter account:

Ottawa has made some calls to try and replace Karlsson in the lineup, but according to general manager Bryan Murray, there aren't any solid leads to follow up on.

Anaheim star Teemu Selanne had some very kind words to say about Karlsson to Elliotte Friedman of


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UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 14, at 9:49 a.m ET by Brandon Galvin

Matt Cooke will not be disciplined by the NHL after his skate injured Erik Karlsson, according to Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 10:28 p.m. ET by Michael Moraitis

Here is what Matt Cooke had to say in regard to the play that injured Karlsson, per Josh Yohe of the Tribune-Review:

Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette gave us Cooke's response to early allegations that he injured Karlsson on purpose:

Senators general manager Bryan Murray will no doubt add fuel to the fire with this quote, per Josh Yohe of the Tribune-Review:

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Karlsson's injury happened on a play that's bound to create some controversy in the league office. As Matt Cooke checks him into the boards, you can noticeably see the Penguins left winger's skate land directly on Karlsson. 

You can judge Cooke's intent for yourself in the video, but TSN's Gord Miller is reporting that the Senators are (understandably) upset with the play. For his part, Cooke said that it was a "complete accident," according to Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Regardless of what happened during the play in question, losing Karlsson is a critical blow for Ottawa. The 22-year-old Swede is seen as a cornerstone of the Senators franchise and has emerged as one of the NHL's brightest young stars.

Karlsson was awarded the James Norris Memorial Trophy in 2011-12 as the league's best defenseman and was the NHL's leading vote-getter for the All-Star Game last year. He finished the season with a whopping 78 points, cementing his reputation as arguably the best all-around defender in the league.

Though Ottawa is a middle-of-the-road 7-5-2 thus far, Karlsson has shown little sign of slowing down in this lockout-shortened campaign. He has 10 points in 14 games played through Wednesday night and was on his way to another stellar season.

With his status very much up in the air, it seems like the Senators will have to find production from somewhere else for the time being.

Be sure to check back in as we give you the latest updates on Karlsson's status and possible return date.