TORONTO -- Erik Karlsson would like to set the record straight.
Not that he really needs to, considering everything the Ottawa Senators defenseman has accomplished over his career, but Karlsson wants to make clear he does indeed work out over the summer months.
Karlsson said at the end of August that he did his conditioning on the ice and doesn't do much training over the summer, if any. It was a surprising comment in the NHL today, when players are often working hard most of the offseason to maintain their conditioning.
When asked about his summer of physical inactivity during the NHL Player Media Tour earlier this month in Toronto, Karlsson quickly stepped in to make a correction.
"Well, that's a little bit exaggerated," Karlsson said. "I work out frequently throughout the summer. But I've been going hard now for five, six, seven summers in a row, and this summer I just felt like I was worn down a lot and decided to take a little more time off than I normally do."