Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal recently had surgery to repair a core muscle injury sustained during offseason training, but the team expects him to be ready for the start of the regular season. Staal, 29, had a team-high 61 points in 79 games last season. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI)
They said, 'You're going to love the city. It's smaller than Philadelphia, but you're going to love it. You're going to love the fans. Just watching the playoffs last year, the fans seemed louder there than they did anywhere. I'm really excited about that.
— Forward Scott Hartnell on his upcoming season with the Columbus Blue Jackets