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Erik Carlson returns to Ottawa to face his former teammates



Erik Carlson entered the room on Friday afternoon in a well-known area and carried a wide smile.

"Time is near," he said with a laugh.

On Saturday, the man who was the captain of the Ottawa Senators ship in four seasons will return to the Canadian Tire Center. This is his first visit, because in September he is addressed to San Jose Sharks.

On a three-night night on the road to Toronto Maple Leaf 5-3 losses, Carlson and Sharks arrived here immediately after the match, was Thursday and was ice on Friday at Minto Sports Complex, Ottawa University.

San Jose Shark Eric Carlson managed to escape from about a dozen fans at the University of Ottawa's Sports University to watch him ahead of his first race against his old team, the Ottawa Senator, the Canadian Tire Center on Saturday. He had pulled his jacket hood over his head when he got on the bus.

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"We got it yesterday. It feels normal," said Carlson. "I'm just at home. We look here today. If we were looking at the CTC, it might be a bit different.

"I feel pretty calm, a little worried, and obviously it feels a bit different. I was sleeping at home, so it was nice."

Of course, Carlson was one of the last players to step on the ice at. 14:03. and the other shark players played their bats to take them to their old house.

Carlson met with a large local media community to talk about what he would like to face with his former teammates. He will be tempted by the unexpected ovation of the fanatics that are supposed to be out of stock.

San Jose Shark Eric Carlson first practiced the Ottawa Sports Equipment University against his old team, Ottawa Senators, Canadian Tire Center.

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"We all knew that this time is coming, and I was here," said Carlson. "It will be nice that I will be here and we will do it. After that, I think it will calm down, because we will not be back for at least another year.

"Now I just want to enjoy this moment, whether it's closed or not, I'm not really sure."

Asked if he had any regrets, Carlson quickly said: "No, I had a great time here. I came here as a boy and I spent my entire adult life here. I created everything that I am currently here and I'm here around for people.

"I liked it. I had a great time, looking back, I do not think I would change anything. They made me feel like I am today and I'm grateful for it."

It will be a lot like Daniel Alfredson's return to Ottawa in 2013 with Detroit's Red Wings, and Carlson recently remembered that they were spending the day together. Upon completing the media, he was taken to Alfredson's Rockcliffe home to visit the family.

"I was here when I returned. This is a different situation, he was here for much longer and at another stage of his career," said Carlson. "It helped. I saw a bit from his point of view and how he handled things. It might have helped me a bit.

"At that time I was young, I do not remember half of it. This was a special moment for him, and I remember it. I'll see it right now, so he'll come back for good."

When the decision to deal with Karlsson was taken in September, the organization had set a goal to rebuild it before the end of the trading season last season. On July 1, he was offered an eight-year deal worth $ 88 million, and there were few or no senators from his camp.

San Jose Shark Erik Karlsson is practicing at the University of Ottawa's gym before his first match against his old team, Ottawa Senators, on the Canadian Tire Center on Saturday. Photo: Wayne Cuddington / Postmedia

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Many think Carlson wanted to start.

"I have nothing to compare, so it's hard to say. It's been as good as it could be," Karlsson said. "We have a great team, everyone has really looked at me and tried to make it as simple as possible.

"At the same time, I've tried to stay as focused as I can on the hockey side. When it comes to travel and lifestyle, everything is very different, and over time it will become lighter and easier. I'm excited about the next chapter in my life and the experience of I'll get out of it. "

Carlson's resignation in September was not a simple organization, but the club came to the conclusion that it was time to continue working if he had no intention of signing here.

Carlson's son's change was not easy. He fought with consistency in the first 15 games in San Jose, and those who watch the team firmly announce that his game has already begun. He is moving to his all-star form.

San Jose Shark Eric Carlson (R), who saw Barclay Goodrow laughing here, attended the University of Ottawa's Sports University before his first match against his old team, the Ottawa Senator, at the Canadian Tire Center on Saturday.

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Captain Mark Stone believes this will not be Carlson's day.

"Erik was, after all, the best, if not one of the best, to ever play here," the story said after a club skate. "He'll be pretty emotional and he's a pretty emotional guy playing with him for five years, you know, that's pretty fast.

"He will have a different way. I think everyone is excited about it (in the game), but they are happy to overcome it."

Yes, there's a flash on Saturday.

"After all, it's two teams in the game, and he's no longer in our team," the story said. "For Carlsson, that will be much different than we will be."

Carlson said he was not sure how he would react to the crowd.

"This is one of the things that I know that comes, and I know it's there and what's going on at the moment it's going to happen," Carlson said. "I'm going to try and enjoy it. I've had nothing more than great memories, and I hope it will be created even more."

"Tomorrow afternoon will be one of those great memories."

bgarrioch@postmedia.com

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