Originally written on Razzball Hockey  |  Last updated 2/14/13

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 18: Erik Karlsson #65 of the Ottawa Senators skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on December 18, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson had his 2012-2013 season cut short, literally, in Ottawa’s 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Karlsson took a skate to the back of his left foot from Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke and the blade of the skate tore Karlsson’s Achilles’ tendon. Karlsson tried to skate off but couldn’t make it far and had to be helped from the ice with a couple seconds left in the second period. Before we go any further, let’s address the fact Matt Cooke was involved. Cooke has a reputation about him for being nasty and vicious. This play was neither of them. Cooke was trying to get his skate back down on the ice when he was battling Karlsson for a loose puck along the boards. Cooke’s skate was just in the wrong place at the wrong time and this is purely an accident. As for the injury itself, here’s what to expect. The surgery itself may not happen for up to a week to allow the swelling to go down. After surgery, he’ll be in a cast or walking boot for 6-12 weeks and has a t...
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