Sharks coach: Erik Karlsson still ‘not close’ to returning

San Jose Mercury News

Erik Karlsson is back on the ice, but he isn’t “close” to rejoining the Sharks lineup.

Karlsson took his first-big step toward returning from a groin injury that’s sidelined him for 17 games on Saturday, skating for roughly 30 minutes prior to the Sharks optional morning skate. The two-time Norris Trophy winner skated figure eights around the faceoff circles, practiced hard stops and zipped around the rink a few times in a full sprint at Solar4America Ice.

“Good sign. Out there, no setbacks. No pain,” Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said. “First step, obviously. We’re not close yet.”

Saturday’s twirl marked the first time that Karlsson has skated since he re-injured his groin in Boston on Feb. 26. He initially missed nine games with a groin injury that first surfaced on Jan. 15 before returning for four games on Feb. 16. After he re-tweaked the injury in Columbus on Feb. 23, he sat out one game before attempting to play in Boston.

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