The verdict is in, and the news couldn’t be better for Carolina Hurricanes fans. Star center Eric Staal will not need surgery after injuring his right knee during the IIHF World Championships during Canada’s loss in the quarterfinals (it was a shootout loss, by the way) to Sweden. Staal and Alexander Edler collided knee-to-knee in the first period, and Edler was docked with a major for kneeing. However, the damage was already done, and it was evident that Staal was in an immense amount of pain (well, who wouldn’t be?).
According to the Hurricanes official site, the nervous wait is over and Eric Staal will not need to undergo knee surgery this offseason and go through an arduous rehab process. ‘Canes GM Jim Rutherford announced that an MRI revealed that Staal only suffered a third-degree, right-knee sprain of his MCL. He will still need to rehab for three months and it won’t be easy, but the rehab process will be easier, and, most importantly, Staal won’t need surgery.
The Hurricanes and Eric Staal both dodged a bullet here, and it sounds like he will be good-to-go for training camp (at the latest) once that starts up in September. Although that is down the road, things would have been less than certain had Staal suffered an extremely severe knee injury and needed surgery. At this point in time, don’t expect the star 28-year-old center to suffer any regression, and he will score at least 50 points next season once again.