Canes captain Eric Staal should be game-ready by next season
Posted May 18, 2013
Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal won't need surgery after an injury at the IIHF World Championships in Stockholm, Sweden, the team said Saturday.
Staal's rehabilitation will take about three months, and he is expected to be ready to play at the start of the 2013-14 season.
Doctors diagnosed Staal with a third-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.
The injury occurred when Sweden’s Alex Edler delivered a knee-to-knee hit on Staal, who was in visible pain from the hit and had to be helped off the ice, putting no pressure on his right leg.
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.
On Friday, the IIHF suspended Edler for the remainder of the World Championships. A disciplinary panel said Edler's actions were reckless, dangerous and disregarded Staal's vulnerability.