The Carolina Hurricanes got good news on captain Eric Staal, announcing Saturday he will not need surgery to repair a knee injury and will be ready for the start of the 2013-14 season.
In a release, the team said an MRI test showed Staal sustained a third-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee when he was involved in a knee-on-knee collision with Sweden defenseman Alexander Edler during a quarterfinal game at the 2013 IIHF World Championship.
The Hurricanes said they expect Staal's rehabilitation to last three months.
Edler was assessed a five-minute major for kneeing and a game-misconduct, and the IIHF suspended him for the remainder of the tournament.
Yeah, it was a pretty special moment for me. Today was my Dad's [55th] birthday. I have a lot of family in town, so it was a special moment for me to score my first one today. A win definitely would have capped it off, but you can't have everything.
— Sabres rookie Jack Eichel after scoring a goal in his National Hockey League debut
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