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Karlsson speaks to the media

Friday, 02.22.2013 / 11:18 AM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog
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Erik Karlsson
spoke to the media today for the first time since his injury in Pittsburgh. He has been around the rink in recent days, but finally got a chance to sit down and speak about the incident that left him in crutches and his forthcoming recovery.

Here's a Twitter rundown of some of his thoughts:

Obviously much will be made about Karlsson's remarks regarding Matt Cooke. In sum, Karlsson didn't think that Cooke intentionally tried to cut him with his skate but did believe that he went into the corner with the intention of hitting him hard and the situation as a whole was preventable. He hasn't spoke to Cooke since the incident.

The good news here is that Karlsson seems upbeat and optimistic. Physically he's feeling better than he was and he seems confident that he'll be able to make a full recovery. Obviously there are many red flags that pop up when you have an injury of this nature to a player with Erik's skillset, but he is committed to making the full proper recovery as opposed to rushing back for the sake of making a return.

He can't do much on the leg currently, but as that heals they will adjust his rehab plan.

Karlsson was very honest about how difficult it has been to watch the team play without him, but he is trying to help off the ice by keeping guys loose the way he normally would. All in all, Sens fans should see this situation as a relatively positive one. Any time a player is in good spirits and engaged with the goings on a team faces, it is a good sign.

For those of you wondering how he spends his day now, the answer is watching golf on television.

The Sens will hit the ice at noon today for practice.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
2 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
3 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
4 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
5 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
6 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
7 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
8 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 56 11 51 7 62
B. Ryan 55 19 26 -3 45
M. Hoffman 52 24 19 4 43
M. Stone 54 17 25 -13 42
M. Zibanejad 55 11 22 -3 33
K. Turris 50 13 17 -12 30
J. Pageau 56 13 10 4 23
Z. Smith 55 12 5 4 17
C. Ceci 49 5 11 -2 16
C. Lazar 51 5 10 1 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 22 18 4 .914 2.84
A. Hammond 3 6 2 .899 3.10