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.
You can be hyped all you want, but his game will speak for itself. He's obviously going to be a great player so we've got to make sure we keep an eye on him. Whether it's his first game or his 1,000th game, our job is to take care of business, shut him down.
— Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo on facing ballyhooed Oilers rookie Connor McDavid, who is making NHL debut in St. Louis
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