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Breaking: Erik Karlsson done for the remainder of the regular season.

One of the league's best has been shut down.

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With their playoff position secured the Ottawa Senators have made the decision to shut down defenseman Erik Karlsson for the remainder of the regular season.

The decision makes a great deal of sense, Karlsson has not been 100% for some time now and there have been a couple of scares in recent weeks that appeared to indicate that things weren't getting better.

Shutting him down will give him up to a full weeks of rest, and perhaps more importantly recovery, and should allow the Senators to begin the playoffs with a healthier Erik Karlsson in their line up.

While it may impact the Senators play prior to the postseason, this seems like the best long-term move from the team.