OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators head coach Paul MacLean said defenceman Erik Karlsson will join the team on its trip to Washington but no decision has been made on when he might return to action.
The star blue-liner has been out of the lineup since suffering a serious injury to his Achilles tendon on Feb. 13.
Karlsson was expected to miss the rest of the season following surgery to repair the tendon, which was sliced by a skate during a game. However, the defending Norris Trophy winner recently returned to practice and was back with regular defence partner Marc Methot for Wednesday's skate.
"I think he's closer," MacLean said when asked if Karlsson would play tonight against the Capitals. "But I don't know if -- there's always a chance, yes. But at this point he practised in a regular turn today so that's another step in the process and we'll see where it goes tomorrow."
Karlsson led NHL defenceman in goals (19) and points (78) last season and had 10 points in 14 games this season before the injury.
Ilitch pushing arena plans
DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings will get a new arena.
It's not if, but when and yet Chris Ilitch doesn't know or want to say much about it.
"Everybody is working hard and there's positive progress," the president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings told The Associated Press after Wednesday's Detroit Economic Club meeting.
What's next in the process?
"It's tough to say," he said. "I'd prefer not to make any predictions and just keep working away and continue to do our due diligence and see what we can put together."
Joe Louis Arena, which is among the oldest NHL facilities, opened in 1979.
Chris Ilitch leads a company owned by his parents -- Mike and Marian -- that includes the Red Wings, Detroit Tigers and had $4.2 billion in revenue in 2010.
Preds sign Finnish forward
NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators signed 2011 second-round draft pick Miikka Salomaki to a three-year, entry-level contract Wednesday.
The 21-year-old Salomaki was the 52nd selection overall and Nashville's second choice. The 2009-10 Finnish Junior League rookie of the year, Salomaki has spent three seasons with Karpat Oulu of the Finnish Elite League. The left-winger had 25 goals, 25 assists and 153 penalty minutes in 122 games.
-- from the news services