Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson leaves everyone guessing whether he'll be back this season

Colin Greening breaks his scoring drought with a goal at home Monday night. (BLAIR GABLE/Reuters)

Colin Greening breaks his scoring drought with a goal at home Monday night. (BLAIR GABLE/Reuters)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:46 PM ET

OTTAWA - It may only be a crack, but Erik Karlsson has left the door open to the possibility of his return this season.

Five weeks after his Achilles Tendon was sliced by Matt Cooke’s skate in Pittsburgh, Karlsson told reporters during the first intermission of Monday’s game his recovery is “on schedule,” even though others remain amazed at how the Norris Trophy holder is currently getting around.

“It’s going well ... baby steps,” said Karlsson. “But I think overall, it’s been feeling pretty good ever since it happened, and I can feel this going forward.”

Asked when he might try skating again, Karlsson spoke of patience.

“Tough to say right now,” he said. “As of now, it’s going to be awhile. Anything can happen, anything can change, but right now we’re not aiming for a certain date or anything. We’re just trying to make it feel better and get everything back to normal.”

And when asked if there was a chance he could return in the playoffs, Karlsson wouldn’t say no.


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