“Erik underwent surgery earlier today in Charlotte, North Carolina, to repair torn tendons in his left foot,” general manager Pierre Dorion said. “The tears, which occurred during this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, were found during an MRI as part of an extensive medical evaluation following the season. The recovery from this surgery is expected to take approximately four months. This timeline leaves us hopeful that Erik will be fully recovered and healthy to start the 2017-2018 regular season.”
The 27-year-old led the Senators with 18 points in the post-season and was integral to the team’s journey to the Eastern Conference Final, where they were eliminated in seven games by the eventual Stanley Cup winners.
Karlsson had two hairline fractures in his left heel, which he sustained after blocking a shot during the regular season. He also had muscle damage in his ankle.
Karlsson is a Norris Trophy finalist for the fourth time and had 71 points in 77 games during the regular season.
The injury didn’t seem to hamper his play, as he suffered it in late March and still pounded through an average of 28 minutes of ice time a game.
Karlsson isn’t expected to miss any significant time and should be good to go when the puck drops in October. Players are likely to report to training camp in mid-September and the blueliner may not be ready to go by then, but he’s been down this road before.
In February of 2013, Karlsson was expected to miss the rest of the season with an Achilles injury to his left foot. He returned to play that year.
Karlsson is expected to attend the NHL Awards next week in Las Vegas.
Senators forward Derick Brassard had shoulder surgery last week to repair a torn labrum and may miss the start of the season.