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Canes captain Eric Staal should be game-ready by next season

Posted May 18, 2013

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

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. 

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  • AlphaTraz May 21, 2013

    Great news...always liked Eric with the 'C' With that said, it is time for him however to take the lead and control this team. Playoffs need to return to Raleigh.

  • 5Rs May 19, 2013

    Orpik remains one of the dirtiest, above Elder. It was only this week that he boarded one of his opponents. And he targeted Skinner multiple times this year, faking going for the puck and at the last second going for skinner's head. He shouldn't be playing in the league/

  • kornfan2448 May 19, 2013

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    To state it in an elementary fashion that you'll understand: His friends, family, coaches, teammates and Hurricanes fans care. That, and those with an overall, general compassion for an injured person.

  • hurricane04343 May 19, 2013

    Edler is suspended for the gold medal game. That's greater punishment for a European hockey player than missing two NHL games in an 82-game season.

    Glad Staal is find and it is only an MCL sprain. He should be 100% soon.

  • The Greatest Ever May 18, 2013

    Again, who cares!

  • StunGunn May 18, 2013

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    Ovechkin is definitely on my short list of dirty hockey players. Glad the Caps are out of contention for The Cup.

  • StunGunn May 18, 2013

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    My thoughts as well. Recovering from the injury will take time, but getting back to where he was when he was injured is another story. I'm just glad it wasn't his ACL. I hope there's some Hockey Karma and that Elder gets what's coming to him this season.

  • JPack May 18, 2013

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    Not sure I consider Cooke as much dirty as I do over eager and not very bright. Though he seemed rather tame last season, I still think Ovechkin is by far the dirtiest current player. Remember he did the same thing to Gleason a couple of years ago. He made several "hits" like that that season and still got away with most because he was contending for points and goal scoring leader.

  • Cragsdale May 18, 2013

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    I agree Jgunn, but it's an unfortunate thing, even in other sports as well... probably a good thing there isn't an International football championship too...

  • JPack May 18, 2013

    Define game ready. He is definitely my favorite player on the team, but will he be able to recover enough to play like he did last season? Hoping so

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