By Allan Muir
Erik Karlsson's possible return to the Ottawa Senators' lineup this season is the question of the day after news leaked that the defending Norris Trophy-winner resumed on-ice activities Monday with skating coach Marc Power. And while he's not exactly dancing out there, Karlsson looks pretty good for a guy who suffered a 70 percent tear of his Achilles' tendon just two months ago.
His teammates -- none of whom are doctors on the side -- are suggesting that he could be back before the start of the playoffs.
Coach Paul MacLean offered a slightly more rational comment:
Is this a sign of desperation on the part of a player who dearly wants to get back into the lineup, or a team that has lost four straight and is in danger of sliding out of the playoff race? Or has the healing process actually advanced ahead of schedule? The game's a lot more fun when Karlsson is active. Here's hoping for the latter.