No Jared Cowen. Then no Jason Spezza. Now no Erik Karlsson.

Two years ago, I wrote that Ottawa Senators fans shared some of the blame for the team's failings, because they had shown they would not support a rebuilding club. Readers soundly rejected this notion, saying that it was an unexciting team they would not support.

Those claims are about to be tested.

Last night saw the disheartening loss of Karlsson to a lacerated Achilles tendon; we'll have more coverage on that when we know more. User ZebraStripes offered some encouraging news about that:

Just read (aka skimmed) a prospective cohort study of 46 complete ruptures in athletes.
New (2005) mini-open (arthroscopic) surgery. All 46 patients returned to play within 6 months and none of the 46 experienced a re-rupture at 12 month follow-up.

Looks like the worst adverse effects were damage to the sural nerve (not really a big deal).

For anyone interested: http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/39/11/857.full
Disclaimer: although not really graphic, there are images of the surgery.

But even if 6 months is the minimum recovery time for Karlsson, he's lost for the season. Jason Spezza is out for the majority of it. If we thought the team was struggling offensively with Spezza out, it's going to be downright strangled having lost the league's leader in shots. Karlsson and Spezza were the two engines that drove the offense.