With Erik Karlsson back, eyes turn to Matt Cooke

Karlsson is recovering from an injury to his Achilles tendon and was on the ice Friday to practice...

Karlsson is recovering from an injury to his Achilles tendon and was on the ice Friday to practice with the team. (DARREN BROWN/Ottawa Sun)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:26 PM ET

OTTAWA - Eugene Melnyk was thrilled to see Erik Karlsson back on the ice Friday at Scotiabank Place.

But the Senators owner was tight-lipped about Matt Cooke.

While the forensic investigation into whether the Pittsburgh Penguins’ shift disturber intentionally sliced the Achillies tendon of the club’s top defenceman on Feb. 13 continues, Melnyk won’t speak until the results are complete.

“Look, it’s got nothing to do with settling down,” said Melnyk. “I’ve committed to not say anything about it until we’ve completed everything we need to do, and speak to the league about it.

“I’ll do anything I have to do to protect my players. It’s as simple as that, and that’s exactly what I’m doing there, and after that I can’t really comment.

“It’ll take a couple of months before anything really comes out.”


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