Wednesday, June 14, 2017

{allcanada} Erik Karlsson of Senators could miss start of next season


Defenseman Erik Karlsson could miss the start of next season for the Ottawa Senators after having successful foot surgery Wednesday.

"Erik underwent surgery earlier today in Charlotte, North Carolina, to repair torn tendons in his left foot," general manager Pierre Dorion told the Senators website. "The tears, which occurred during this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs, were found during an MRI as part of an extensive medical evaluation following the season.

"The recovery from this surgery is expected to take approximately four months. This timeline leaves us hopeful that Erik will be fully recovered and healthy to start the 2017-18 regular season."

The season likely will start around Oct. 10. Four months from Wednesday is Oct. 14.

Karlsson, 27, led Ottawa with 18 points (two goals, 16 assists) in the playoffs, helping the Senators reach the Eastern Conference Final, where they were eliminated in seven games by the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

He also revealed after the Eastern Conference First Round that he had two hairline fractures in his left heel sustained blocking a shot during the regular season. Dorion also said Karlsson had muscle damage in his ankle.

The Senators captain had 71 points (17 goals, 54 assists) in 77 games and is a finalist for the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman for the fourth time. He won the award in 2012 and 2015.

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