Karlsson, who was a finalist for the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenceman this past season, underwent a procedure in June to repair tendons in his left foot. He’s reluctant to say exactly when he’ll return to game action.
“I’m not really sure,” Karlsson told Sportsnet’s Tim & Sid during an interview that will air Thursday at 5 p.m ET. “Hopefully I can skate in the near future. Once I do that, we’ll have more of a timeline on where things actually are at. But at the end of the day, it’s something I’m not going to rush.
“I’m going to make sure when I do come back, I’m going to be 100 per cent and it’s not going to affect me going forward in my career.”
In the full interview, which you can watch Thursday at 5 p.m. ET on Tim & Sid, Karlsson also touched on the following:
• His health in the playoffs last year
• The loss of his defence partner, Marc Methot
• His disappointment at the NHL not going to the Olympics
The Senators open their season Oct. 5 against the Washington Capitals.