Erik Karlsson hobbled into a room in the bowels of Scotiabank Place on crutches Friday, and served notice to Pittsburgh Penguins' predator Matt Cooke he has no intentions of forgiving and forgetting.
While the Senators' all-star defenceman doesn't believe Cooke meant to intentionally sever his left Achilles tendon on Feb. 13 at the Consol Energy Center, Karlsson is of the opinion that Cooke was headhunting.
Though he reached out to Karlsson with a text, Cooke shouldn't hold his breath waiting for a reply.
"I received a text. I didn't think much of it. I didn't reply," said Karlsson, speaking to the media for the first time since the incident. "I don't think we have anything to say to each other. He's been after me before.
"Ever since I got in the league he's one of the guys I remember playing against and always being aware of him. It's a freak incident that should not have happened. He said what he thought was right. At least he reached out, which I didn't expect, but we're going to leave it at that."
Karlsson said he knew, with Cooke on the ice, it could have been dangerous because he felt the five-time offender had tried to get him in the past.
"I had a guy behind me, and I know exactly who it was, so I was taking a bit of caution," said Karlsson, not mincing his words. "He missed the hit and still got me somehow.
"The situation could have been prevented. I don't think it would have happened if it was another type of player, but I don't think his intention was to cut me with his skate. I refuse to believe anyone would do that. I still think the situation and this injury could have been prevented."
Karlsson said he is always wary of Cooke.
"I've been around long enough to know who is going to hit and who is not. As I always do, I move in the last second and he still reaches for me.
Erik Karlsson: Matt Cooke 'knows exactly what he's doing
Ottawa Sun | Feb 23