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Erik Karlsson on course for return this season?

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.

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Coach Paul MacLean offered a slightly more rational comment:

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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.

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