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Eric Staal injured at World Championships

Posted May 16, 2013
Updated May 17, 2013

Eric Staal (12) before the Carolina Hurricanes vs. Pittsburgh Penguins NHL hockey game, Thursday, February 28, 2013 in Raleigh, NC.

One of the biggest fears for an NHL franchise when its players participate in international play is an injury.

For the Carolina Hurricanes, that nightmare became reality when captain Eric Staal suffered what looked like a terrible right knee injury in the first period Thursday while playing for Team Canada.

The injury occurred when Sweden’s Alex Edler delivered a knee-to-knee hit on Staal. The Hurricanes captain was in visible pain from the hit and had to be helped off the ice, putting no pressure on his right leg. 

The teams were playing in the quarterfinal round at the IIHF World Championships in Stockholm, Sweden.

Canes General Manager Jim Rutherford confirmed Thursday that Staal is undergoing an MRI. No further information has been released, but the organization expects the results to be determined sometime tomorrow.

The play seemed avoidable from Edler’s perspective, as there was plenty of room for the defenseman, who plays for the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks, to avoid the Hurricanes captain. Edler was given a 5-minute major for kneeing and a game misconduct.

The IIHF on Friday suspended Edler for the remainder of the World Championships. A disciplinary panel said Edler's actions were reckless, dangerous and disregarded Staal's vulnerability. 

Staal has four more years left on his contract with the Hurricanes that pays him $8.25 million annually. He led the team this past season with 53 points after notching a team-best 35 assists.

NHL players will also have a chance to represent their countries in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia this year, provided their franchises allow.

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  • KTs Still Winning May 18, 8:11 a.m.

    Well it's not like this changes anything. He's not really there when he's on the ice anyway.... View More

    — Posted by KTs Still Winning

    Apparently being in the top 10 in scoring since the lockout means nothing to you. Why don't you... View More

    — Posted by babedan

    You're right it doesn't. How many years has Ovechkin done that? How far do the caps always go in the playoffs? That's what I thought.

  • The Greatest Ever May 17, 11:47 p.m.

    Well this is Great!! Not!! Why even go to this tourney....it's a second grade affair with the... View More

    — Posted by viking416

    Well, nobody watches the Canes, either, so this is probably a more prestigious event for these guys.

    — Posted by Hans

    fyi...lot's of people watch hockey you dimwit.

    — Posted by viking416

    Hey dimwit, no one watches hockey!

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh May 17, 3:52 p.m.

    I just hope vancouver plays here next year and he has the nerve to show.That will be fun... View More

    — Posted by caniacman

    Oh, hellz yeah! Like when Orpik came to the PNC and every time he touched the puck he got booed. There is NO room in sports for goons like that; we're talking about someone's livelihood here.

    I hope it isn't serious, but judging by the amount of pain Staal was in, it looks just awful. I'm thinking it's similar to when Brindy had a knee to knee hit and it tore his ACL. My heart goes out to Eric, and I really hope the injury isn't as serious as it looked.

    I'm glad to hear Rutherford say that he continues to support the World Championship games because it means so much to the players to represent their country.

  • Hokies94 May 17, 3:00 p.m.

    I hate this for Eric. These World Championships isn't worth this.

  • caniacman May 17, 1:57 p.m.

    I just hope vancouver plays here next year and he has the nerve to show.That will be fun watching him get plastered every shift he is on the ice. They delayed the MRI until he gets back in the states so my hope is that is good news. Chip is thinking it might be similar to Cam if so that would be great news.

  • babedan May 17, 1:19 p.m.

    Well it's not like this changes anything. He's not really there when he's on the ice anyway.... View More

    — Posted by KTs Still Winning

    Apparently being in the top 10 in scoring since the lockout means nothing to you. Why don't you look at his stats before you say something stupid.

  • KTs Still Winning May 17, 1:05 p.m.

    Well it's not like this changes anything. He's not really there when he's on the ice anyway.

  • tired2 May 17, 11:42 a.m.

    Players play in this tourney because they love the game and want to put the national jersey on - no matter which country they play for. Those against it either have never really "played" the game or are wasting everyone else's time with their comments.

  • lec02572 May 17, 10:58 a.m.

    Well, I guess this is the reason (excuse) for missing the playoffs in 2014.

  • QC May 17, 10:35 a.m.

    Well this is Great!! Not!! Why even go to this tourney....it's a second grade affair with the... View More

    — Posted by viking416

    Well, nobody watches the Canes, either, so this is probably a more prestigious event for these guys.

    — Posted by Hans

    No, only 17,558 fans live per game on average this year. Try again troll, I mean... Hans.

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