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.
I don't have a crystal ball. Predicting is a real complicated thing. If we stay healthy, have enough depth and get the good goaltending we think we're going to have, you can go all the way. But a lot of things have to happen. There's going to be a lot of teams that think the same thing. Everyone made deals. We're all are optimistic about where we'll end up.
— Rangers general manager Glen Sather after being asked if he's constructed a team that can win the Stanley Cup before their 4-1 win against the Predators on Monday