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.
"Eric notified us of the injury late last week and flew to Raleigh and then Philadelphia to be evaluated," Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis said. "By having this procedure now, Dr. [William] 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."
Meyers performed the procedure in Philadelphia.
Staal, 29, had a team-high 61 points in 79 games last season.
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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