Erik Karlsson may be absent until November because of surgery


If Senators fans want the captain Erik Karlsson to be ready for the season opener on Oct. 5, forget about it.The runner-up for the Norris Trophy, Erik Karlsson, said Wednesday he hasn't been able to do anything for three months since the operation in June to repair torn tendons in his left foot. The 27-year-old played with foot fractures and torn tendons during the playoffs as the Senators reached Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final.
At the time of the surgery, Pierre Dorion, general manager of Ottawa, predicted that after four months of recovery, Karlsson would start the regular season. With the Senators opening Oct. 5 against Washington, that's now in doubt. Karlsson says that it may be another “2-3 weeks” before he skates on his surgically repaired left foot — including the insertion of an artificial tendon — for the first time, post-surgery. Three weeks from Monday brings us to Oct. 2. Erik Karlsson Jersey. He also suggested that he could push back the start of his season to November, adamant that he won’t return until he’s at or near full health.
“I want to make sure this is something that’s not going to affect me, moving forward in my career,” he said.“Whenever I’m 100%, I’m going to come back and play, whether that’s in October or November.”
“I think we have assets on defence,” general manager Pierre Dorion said. “If he’s out a week or two or three or whenever he comes back, we’ll be fine.” We couldn’t see behind Dorion’s back to see if he was crossing his fingers. Goaltender Craig Anderson, who is used to watching Karlsson play half of every game in front of him, says the addition of free agent Johnny Oduya should help.“We’ve got very capable defencemen back there,” he said. “We picked up a Stanley Cup winner to play for us, as well. The system allows us to plug players in and allow our team to have success even without our star player.”
Winger Bobby Ryan acknowledges that life without Karlsson will create new challenges. “There is no positive to it, if you’re serious about it,” he said. “It’s going to give somebody an opportunity to step up, maybe Chabot comes in and Johnny Oduya fills the void a little bit on the defensive side. You can’t replace Karl. We’ve just got to try to get him as healthy as quickly as we can and go from there.”Despite playing with so many foot problems, Karlsson led all defenseman with 18 points in the playoffs. Ottawa lost to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in double overtime, and Karlsson earned a lot of respect around the league by playing and performing well while injured.