Erik Karlsson #65 of the Ottawa Senators looks to pass against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on May 17, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Penguins defeated the Senators 4-3.
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Karlsson’s surgically repaired Achilles ‘doesn’t feel good’


Defenseman Erik Karlsson openly admits that he didn’t wait for his surgically repaired Achilles to become 100 percent before returning to the Senators’ lineup, according to the Ottawa Sun.

When Karlsson’s Achilles tendon was sliced by Matt Cooke’s skate on Feb. 13, he was projected to miss three-to-four months. Instead he returned a mere 10 weeks after the operation, but now that the Senators have been eliminated, Karlsson is shifting his focus back to rehabbing the injury.

“It doesn’t feel good,” Karlsson said. He’s hoping that “it will be back to where it was” in time for the start of the 2013-14 campaign.

All the same, Karlsson doesn’t regret returning from his injury far sooner than expected.

“If I didn’t play I don’t think I would be in a better position than I am right now,” said Karlsson. “It needs time. It’s going to take some time to get it back. I’m glad I was able to come back.

“Being part of the playoff run was fun.”

Karlsson had a goal and eight points in 10 playoff contests.

Torres offered in-person hearing, potentially setting up long suspension

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What will Raffi Torres get this time?

The 33-year-old forward that has become known primarily for his controversial hits has once again put himself in the sights of the NHL’s Department of Players Safety. They confirmed that he was offered an in-person hearing following his hit on Jakub Silfverberg Saturday night. He declined the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face, but the offer itself is an important detail because it gives the league the option to suspend him for more than five games.

It certainly seems like the stage is set for a lengthy suspension. For one thing, Torres is a repeat offender who once was banned from 25 games for his hit on Marian Hossa in 2012, although it was later reduced to 21 contests after an appeal. The NHL found that Torres was guilty of breaking three rules for that hit; namely interference, charging, and illegally hitting the head. The NHL is reviewing Torres’ latest incident for the same three violations.

You can see the hit below:

And here it is slowed down:

Torres got a match penalty and Silfverberg left the game. Fortunately, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have returned, but was kept out for precautionary reasons.

Flames acquire Freddie Hamilton, brother of Dougie

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Roughly three months after acquiring Dougie Hamilton, the Calgary Flames have brought his brother on board too.

Freddie Hamilton was pried away from the Colorado Avalanche for the cost a 2016 conditional seventh-round draft pick, per the Avalanche’s website. The Flames announced that he will report to AHL Stockton.

Freddie, who is the older of the two at 23, is a center that excelled offensively in the OHL and has chipped in at the AHL level. However, he has just one point in 29 contests with Colorado and the San Jose Sharks.

This is obviously not a big trade, but perhaps Freddie will eventually become a solid member of the Flames’ supporting cast. If nothing else, it didn’t cost Calgary much to reunite the brothers. The duo previously played together with the Niagara IceDogs.