February 22, 2013
Erik Karlsson: Matt Cooke 'knows exactly what he's doing'
Senators defenceman comments on injury, doesn't rule out return this season
By BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson is helped off the ice in Pittsburgh, Feb. 13, 2013, after his achilles tendon was lacerated by the skate blade of Penguins forward Matt Cooke. (JOE SARGENT/NHLI via Getty Images)

OTTAWA - Erik Karlsson hobbled into a room in the bowels of Scotiabank Place on crutches Friday, and served notice to Pittsburgh Penguins' predator Matt Cooke he has no intentions of forgiving and forgetting.

While the Senators' all-star defenceman doesn't believe Cooke meant to intentionally sever his left Achilles tendon on Feb. 13 at the Consol Energy Center, Karlsson is of the opinion that Cooke was headhunting.

Though he reached out to Karlsson with a text, Cooke shouldn't hold his breath waiting for a reply.

"I received a text. I didn't think much of it. I didn't reply," said Karlsson, speaking to the media for the first time since the incident. "I don't think we have anything to say to each other. He's been after me before.



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