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Eric Staal has surgery to repair ‘core muscle injury’

Jul 29, 2014, 9:47 AM EDT

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From the Carolina Hurricanes:

Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that center Eric Staal underwent surgery to repair a core muscle injury suffered during off-season training. The procedure was performed by Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia. 

“Eric notified us of the injury late last week, and flew to Raleigh and then Philadelphia to be evaluated,” said Francis. “By having this procedure now, Dr. Meyers believes Eric will be able to return to action for training camp and be at full health for the start of the regular season.”

No word on how or when, exactly, Staal suffered the injury. The 29-year-old was apparently able to golf as recently as mid-July.

Staal is in need of a bounce-back season after a disappointing 2013-14 saw him score just 21 goals in 79 games, i.e. not the production the ‘Canes expected for a salary of $9.25 million.

  1. dipthatchip - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    bummer. not at all what Carolina fans need to hear

    • 19to77 - Jul 29, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      No kidding. Even on a bad year he still effortlessly tops the ‘Canes in points and he’s still just one season removed from 53 points in 48 games in 2012-13. Bright side is, at least it happened in the summer. If this was a mid-season thing it would be brutal.

  2. lowenni - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    I really believe Staal was not fully healthy last year. He looked slow and you could tell he hadnt fully recovered from that knee injury from last summer. This surgery should help him out long term but be worrisome to Canes fans for now–this means another summer of healing and not having the whole time to work out for the season to start. I don’t expect a great season from him.

  3. jweipp17 - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Hopefully he recovers better than Justin Verlander did from that surgery. I know they play different sports but JV hasn’t been the same since he had that surgery this past winter. The canes need Staal to be healthy.

  4. raleighcaniac - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    There’s a lot frustration in Canes country with Eric. Way overpaid at $9m this coming season. The last 4 years he has disappeared for 7-10 games at a stretch couple times a season contributing virtually nothing. Grebe at $500k per season honestly looked to give more on ice effort than Eric. Fans will be on him big time if he doesn’t start with a bang in the first 10 games. Just my opinion.

    • raleighcaniac - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:48 PM

      Gerbe not Grebe.

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