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No surgery needed for Eric Staal following injury at Worlds

May 18, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

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The Carolina Hurricanes can breathe a bit easier today.

The team announced that captain Eric Staal suffered a third-degree MCL sprain while playing for Team Canada against Sweden at World Championships and will not need surgery to repair the injury. The team anticipates it will take three months to recover and he’ll be ready for the start of next season in the fall.

That diagnosis is a worth a major sigh of relief for the organization as they feared the worst after seeing him go down at the annual tournament. Now he’ll be on track to return during training camp and not miss a beat.

In case you missed it, Staal was injured on a vicious knee-on-knee hit by Sweden’s Alex Edler in their shootout victory over Canada in the quarterfinals. Staal was knocked out of the game and Edler was suspended for the remainder of the tournament.

  1. jcmeyer10 - May 18, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    And there was much rejoicing. This is best case scenario out of a seriously crummy situation.

  2. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 18, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Edler should marked for NHL retribution next season. Hockey players have long memories, and he’s dealing with the Staal band of brothers.

  3. bobhpine - May 18, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Great news…

    The world championship is such a second rate tournament. I can’t believe so many NHL players risk their careers to play in it. The Olympics is one thing, but this nonsense is just plain stupid.

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