On February 13th, the Ottawa Senators tweeted out the official news in the wake of the Matt Cooke/Erik Karlsson achilles-cutting incident:
Update on Karlsson: Erik suffered a laceration to his left achilles, which will require surgery to repair. He will be out indefinitely.
— Ottawa Senators (@NHL_Sens) February 14, 2013
Game over. The Sens were going to have to make it the rest of the way without their Norris Trophy-winning defenseman. It was over.
But lo! The unthinkable news broke earlier today:
Erik Karlsson is taking a defensive shift with Marc Methot to start practice — a sign that he’s closer to a return this week.
— Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) April 24, 2013
Karlsson takaing a regular shift with Methot. Would appear he makes his return tomorrow. #sens
— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) April 24, 2013
I don’t believe there’s been any decision made just yet but I wouldn’t be surprised if Erik Karlsson returns to OTT lineup tomorrow night.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) April 24, 2013
And so, for some Twitter opinion:
we can all agree that there’s no way erik karlsson should be returning from injury this quickly, right? like they shouldn’t let him at all? — ryan lambert (@twolinepass) April 24, 2013
— Mike Harrington (@BNHarrington) April 24, 2013
It makes my Achilles hurt just thinking about Karlsson’s injury. The fact he might play tomorrow is mind-boggling
— Rob Benneian (@robbenneian) April 24, 2013
Our resident doctor/excellent person Jo Innes has a post on the Karlsson injury coming later today, so check back in later for that.