Fresh start for Ottawa Senators' Erik Karlsson

Ottawa Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson speaks with the media for the first time since arriving...

Ottawa Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson speaks with the media for the first time since arriving back in town after taking the summer off in Ottawa, Aug. 18, 2014. (ERRO McGIHON/QMI Agency)

Don Brennan, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:15 PM ET

OTTAWA - Erik Karlsson sold himself as a changed man Monday in his first appearance back at Canadian Tire Centre since last season.

He made it clear he's healthier and happier than he was during a tumultuous 2013-14 campaign -- which saw him once again lead all NHL defenceman in scoring but also finish with a minus-15 rating unbecoming of a former Norris Trophy winner -- while the Senators disappointingly missed the playoffs.

He vowed to improve his defensive game and also stated he thinks the team is going to be "way better" in 2014-15, "and even the years before that."

Was it a pitch to win public consensus (for what that's worth) as the next Ottawa captain? Not if Karlsson is sincere when he says he's not sure he even wants the letter last worn by the departed Jason Spezza.


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