Karlsson was given a recovery timetable of four months following surgery on his left foot Wednesday, theScore.com reports.
As a testament to his toughness and determination during the Stanley Cup playoffs, the elite defenseman reportedly played through a pair of foot fractures and sustained muscle damage to his ankle. A four-month recovery could cause Karlsson to get off to a bit of a late start next season, as the Senators won't be taking any more chances with his ailment; he's far too important to the club and will cost $6.5 million annually through the 2018-19 campaign. It's early, so we don't yet see the need to bump Karlsson far down in the rankings, but this latest development just might be enough to consider drafting San Jose's Brent Burns ahead of him.
Karlsson dealt with two foot fractures and ankle muscle damage in the Sens' run to the Eastern Conference Finals, Bruce Garrioch of TSN reports.
With 18 points in 19 playoff games, some have joked that Karlsson should always play injured. With a few months to recuperate, he should be back to full strength by the time the season starts back up in October.
Karlsson earned helpers on both Ottawa goals in Thursday's 3-2 Game 7 double overtime loss to the Penguins.
Karlsson assisted on a second-period goal by Mark Stone and a third-period tally by Ryan Dzingel, both of which came within three minutes of Pittsburgh pulling ahead. There was no chance to answer the Penguins' third goal, though, as Chris Kunitz's tally 5:09 into the second overtime ended the game on the spot. The Senators' captain finishes the postseason with two goals and 16 assists in 19 games.
Karlsson (foot) will play in Tuesday's Game 6 contest against Pittsburgh, TSN reports.
The defenseman has been playing through a hairline fracture all playoffs, but was held out of the third period of Sunday's 7-0 blowout loss, leading some to wonder if the injury had worsened. Whether his foot is in worse shape or not, with the Senators in an elimination game, their best player will find his way onto the ice to try to keep the team alive.
Karlsson (foot) was held out of the third period of Sunday's blowout loss to the Penguins for the purpose of rest and is expected to play Game 6 on Tuesday, Brent Wallace of TSN reports.
It would take a very serious injury at this point for the Senators' best player to be held out of the lineup for Tuesday's crucial elimination game, so he will almost certainly suit up. Karlsson finished the contest with a minus-1 rating and three shots on goal.