Erik Karlsson speaks

- April 19th, 2013

Here is a transcript of Erik Karlsson’s discussion with the media/

How do you feel?

KARLSSON: “Obviously it’s nice to be back on the ice with the guys. It’s been awhile. Even it wasn’t the hardest practice in the world it was still a good thing to do and it gave me some perspective on where I am right now.”

You say it wasn’t a hard practice, you looked comfortable?

KARLSSON: “That’s where I am right now. I try to do what I can and I try to make it feel as normal as possible even though it’s not exactly where I want to be. At least it’s good to be out there, receive some passes and give some good hard passes.”

What limitations do you feel you have?

KARLSSON: “It’s only been nine weeks or so. We expected it to take a lot more time. Right now it’s just about getting that normal feeling back being back on skates, getting around and getting the timing back. I’m still taking it day-to-day.

How is your conditioning?
KARLSSON: “Pretty good. I’m not sweating that bad. I haven’t been able to do a lot of lower body work for a period of time but I think ever since I’ve been able to walk frequently I’ve been trying to keep in shape. Even if I don’t come back and play it’s still good to be in good condition going into the summer.”

Is there a timeline?
KARLSSON: “There’s not a timeline, not right now. I don’t think anybody expects more than anything than trying to skate as much as possible and trying to get normal feeling back in my leg. The more I skate, the better I’m going to feel. When the time comes it’s probably going to be a decision made the same day.”

Feel good to skate with other guys?
KARLSSON: “When you skate alone you do your drills, do your stuff and take your shots, but you can’t really finger on if it’s really good or really bad. Skating with the guys is going to help me figure out where I am right now. I’m just going to try to be out there with them and stay out of their way. I will see how I feel after a week or so.”

A good measuring stick?
KARLSSON: “It’s nice to be back. Playoffs are coming and it’s an exciting time of year. It’s nice to be around the guys and to be part of the team. Just being able to skate with the guys is going to help you get that feeling back. Hopefully, that will help my recovery.”

So, you’ll try to skate daily?
KARLSSON: “Hopefully as much as I can as much as we practice. I’m going to try to be out there. It keeps me from waking up at 7 a.m. every day and it’s nice to be able to just be in team drills and, as I said, take some shots at the goalies and see all the guys out there.”

How tough is it to watch?
KARLSSON: “Actually, not that tough. We’ve been playing well and we’ve been winning games. We play every day. It keeps you busy, in the game still and I couldn’t have wished for anything else. Where we’re at right now is terrific. We’re still improving and, hopefully, we can find a groove going forward.”

Is it about confidence?
KARLSSON: “When you’ve been away for awhile it almost feels like summer for me when you haven’t been on the ice for a long time. I haven’t been able to do all the normal stuff. It’s nice to be back and see all the situations. Getting some hard passes and skating without thinking.”

Any target for you at all?
KARLSSON: “Every injured player wants to get back as quick as possible. I’m not going to put myself in a situation where I don’t feel comfortable and I’m not going to jeopardize anything going into next season. I’m not going to take any stupid decisions and I don’t think anyone working around me either is going to give me bad advice. We’re going to have to wait to see how it feels going forward practising with the team.”

Bryan Murray hoped you could provide some energy?
KARLSSON: “It’s nice to be back. You’ve been away for such a long time. You meet the guys all the time but it’s a different feeling when you talk on the ice and skate around together. Whatever I can do to help and be part of the team is hopefully going to help.”

Did you expect the recovery to come along this quick?
KARLSSON: “Early in my injury it was tough to say how it was going to go and I couldn’t really do much. The last couple of weeks it’s been progressing every day and even though it’s very small things it still feels better and more normal. Everything is starting to work more. That’s why it is tough to set a timetable because I don’t think anybody has been around this type of injury either. It’s just going to be day-to-day and as long as I keep feeling better and not worse it’s a good thing.”

How do you feel?
KARLSSON: “It’s tough to say how I feel. I don’t feel like I used to and as long as I don’t get any pain or any setbacks it’s a good sign. It shows I can keep doing what I’m doing and push forward.”

How close are you?
KARLSSON: “It’s tough to say. One thing is going to be going into the corners and having a guy on (me). Just those small movements and the timing of it all is going to be the key. The more I practice and drills, I will have a better sense. This was the first day. It felt good but it doesn’t feel like it used to.”

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65 comments

  1. ChokerHater says:

    Mike it’s not his hockey opinions I don’t like, it’s that there are two teams out there, doing good things and bad, but he only sees one team doing good things

  2. Pav says:

    OD nice comments. Can’t agree more.

  3. Bruce Garrioch says:

    All I’m going to say is Pav and Choke stop acting like kids. I won’t approve comments with cheapshots in them.

  4. PaV says:

    Bruce, ok if you insist.

  5. Bobby Goodman says:

    Aren’t the Sens destined to face either the Pens should they finish 8th or Boston if they end up in 7th place? Either way it would be one and done and you have to ask yourself, beyond the financial reward of a playoff birth, is a lower draft pick in the middle of a so called “rebuld” a good thing? This is the entertainment industry and I want to be entertained. Winning teams and talented hockey players does it for me. Finishing the regular season on the borderline with a team that is one of the lowest scoring teams in the entire league doesn’t cut the mustard. Potvin and many others talk about the young Senators but the youngest team in the league is Toronto! They scored 138 goals to Ottawa’s 109; only Nashville and Florida scored less! I too suspect the Leaf’s will advance to the second round. Dave, we can rationalize/qualify their first round win by suggesting Motnreal is realing but isn’t that what seeding is supposed to do, reward teams for success during the regular season to increase the probability the strongest will meet at the end? Having said that, putting Washington in 3rd by “default” is ridiculous.

    I don’t know why there are so many upset with Duncan Keith; I think he said nothing wrong? Was it wrong for him to suggest Karen Thompson would be the first female referee (but she can’t skate), that she doesn’t know the game (there are many who do not) and that she can’t play the game? Every word is acurate! I suspect if she wasn’t a female there would be no issues here. If women fought to earn the right to go into the men’s locker rooms after a game, they should be prepared, like their male counterparts, to take whatever the players have to give no matter their disposition! Male reporters have been beaten up for…well, forever…but they know it goes with the territory! Suck it up there Princess! Questions like: “…what was up with that” underscores what Keith was saying, she doesn’t know the game. Slashes (some viscious) , hooks (including left hooks), elbows etc. happen every single game, are the offenders asked: “what was up with that”? I don’t think so.

    Don, Sun, give it up already, you are embarrassing yourselves! I thought you were a member the Allstar Team, not the local paper’s version of National Enquirer. Earn respect and establish credibility for God sakes. I thought your job was to report news not invent and be part of it. It takes no inteligence or skill to be a complete fool; one only needs to have no pride. If you want to continue inciting fans in Pittsburgh and here in Ottawa and encourage them to continue calling you names (the latest being Dong Brennan) then continue.

  6. ChokerHater says:

    hear ya loud and clear
    I hear the Karlsson will be back next game
    a miracle

  7. Bruce Garrioch says:

    I don’t like having to delete a part of people’s comments. I will if it’s required. No one is going to come on here with the insults and cheapshots.

  8. Mike8888 says:

    Bobby,
    Could the fact that the Sen’s are one of the lowest scoring teams this season after being one of the highest last year have anything to do with missing Spezza and Karlsson for most of the season? Not to mention Michalek missing a good chunk as well as not being healthy for many others.

  9. KevinF says:

    Deleting and editing is what the Sun and the Sens org is all about managing the message to suit your own purposes and goals truth and integrity be damned, you allowed all the garbage about Heatley, Burke and the rest but draw lines elsewhere what a farce!

  10. Bobby Goodman says:

    Isn’t it interesting that Randy Carlyle is incessantly lauded for being the one who turned Toronto around this year because he possesses so many skills that mandate success like, such talents as: matching lines, defencive (and perhaps offensive) structure, discipline, strategist, player development (Kadri was handled properly and promoted at the most perfect time etc. etc. etc. But maybe, just maybe leading the league (by a wide margin) in fighting majors with two in the lineup who are eager and very good at it, had a lot to do with the teams success this year. After a two day rest the Leafs were soundly beaten by the 3rd wost team in the league last night and while the tean struggled on the ice, Orr and Maclaren watched from the press box.

    I have no issue at all resting the knuckles or faces of the two pugilists but lets not invent greatness when it does’t exist.

    Certainly the return of Karlsson would be a welcome sight but again, lets not go crazy here and expect the will lift the team out of their doldrums. His presence wont ecourage a pair to grow a pair! It needs to be said that at the time of his injury he led all defencemen with 6 goals but there were several ahead of him in other categories that include: total points, TOI, hits, blocked shots and TKa! He will be coming back at a time of year where the games are far more difficult to win and the opposition plays you hard; given what he did in the post season last year, I do not expect him to be the teams saviour. It may have have been a little insight as to what we might expect when he responded to the question how close are you, with “One thing is going to be going into the corners and having a guy on (me)”.

  11. Bruce Garrioch says:

    You’ll never be happy Kevin. Haven’t been since you started writing me 15 years ago.

  12. Mike8888 says:

    15 years? Wow, that’s a long term relationship.

  13. KevinF says:

    I’m happy as a clam Bruce, you can edit all you like and spin all you like. . What everyone missed in this little debate was that I never said this was a absolute I prefaced it with “maybe just maybe”, it obviously touched a chord as it sparked more activity here than there has been in ages. Heck it even got you to leave your lofty pearch and respond, to we the naive who you hold in obvious disdain. I don’t know what’s true, but I do know I can’t depend on you and your paper to report the objective truth, at least where it concerns the Sens, as you say I have many years of experience in this regard.
    Doubtful that I will have much to contribute here, unless Spezza makes a somewhat likely third spectacular uplifting return soon, but if I do I would appreciate if you not pass any of my post if you are not going print it in its entirety, context is very important to those interested in honesty and integrity.

  14. Bruce Garrioch says:

    You want to name call someone I work with names .. you won’t do it here.

  15. KevinF says:

    I was quoting a legitimate website, where’s this valour when many others were besmirched here? Nowhere because none of them were in favour with you your Backslappin buddies, or above all the blessed Sens organization.

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