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Old 05-18-2013, 11:13 AM
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Hurricanes' Eric Staal Suffers Third-Degree MCL Sprain; No Surgery Required

RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test on team captain Eric Staal’s right knee revealed a third-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament (MCL). Surgery will not be required to repair the ligament, and Staal’s rehabilitation should last three months. It is expected that he will be healthy and ready to play to start the 2013-14 season.

Staal, 28, was injured when he took a knee-on-knee hit from defenseman Alexander Edler in the first period of Canada’s quarterfinal game at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championships on Thursday in Stockholm, Sweden. Edler received a five-minute major kneeing penalty and a game misconduct by the game’s officials. On Friday, the IIHF Independent Disciplinary Panel determined that Edler should have received a match penalty as a result of the play and suspended him for the remainder of the tournament.

In his nine NHL seasons, Staal has missed just 14 games, and only 12 of those due to injury/illness, having played in 690 of Carolina’s 704 regular-season games (98%) since the beginning of his rookie year of 2003-04. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only Henrik Sedin (VAN – 698), Martin St. Louis (TB – 697), Joe Thornton (BOS-SJ – 693) and Olli Jokinen (FLA-PHX-CGY-NYR-WPG – 692) have played more regular-season games than Staal in that time frame. The Thunder Bay, Ont., played in a Hurricanes-best (since relocation) 349 consecutive games from March 20, 2004-Nov. 1, 2009, and he currently holds the team’s longest active games-played streak of 149 games, dating back to March 1, 2011.
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Old 05-18-2013, 11:59 AM
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Very lucky. A dirty, piece of **** play from Edler who took a run and drove his knee into Staal's.

Carolina can let out a collective sigh of relief knowing it's not a shredded knee (as it looked like it would be given the hit).
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Old 05-18-2013, 02:00 PM
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Staal, 28, was injured when he took a knee-on-knee hit from defenseman Alexander Edler in the first period of Canada’s quarterfinal game at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championships on Thursday in Stockholm, Sweden. Edler received a five-minute major kneeing penalty and a game misconduct by the game’s officials. On Friday, the IIHF Independent Disciplinary Panel determined that Edler should have received a match penalty as a result of the play and suspended him for the remainder of the tournament.
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Excuse my stupidity but what's the difference between those penelty calls? Both mean the player is ejected right? Good call suspending Elder for rest of tournement. Reckless move.
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Old 05-18-2013, 02:23 PM
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match penalties mean intent to injure and come with an automatic suspension, game misconducts don't...idk how the rules differ from the nhl, but iihf look at (or at asked too) every play like this and change penalties all the time and such.
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Old 05-18-2013, 02:47 PM
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If this happened in the NHL there will be a line brawl. Hate to see a player in that kind of pain, for those who haven't seen it:

Alex Edler Kneeing on Eric Staal - Knee on knee...
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It's tough to watch that, wow
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Old 05-18-2013, 10:10 PM
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It was a dirty hit by Edler, no doubt about it, but figures - he didn't show that kind of aggression all year in Vancouver and his first game in the WHC and he shows maliciousness intent for the first time all year. So I'm glad he got kicked out of the rest of the tournament. Bum.

The way Staal was reacting I thought his knee might have been blown apart, he's lucky its just a sprain and won't require surgery...definitely looked a lot worse.
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Old 05-18-2013, 10:16 PM
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Edler looks like he deserves practically to be 'Probie -Maguire'd' next season
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Old 05-18-2013, 10:37 PM
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They should settle the score in the NHL next season.
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Thank god I am a Bruin fan, Injury's happen. Shut the fuk up.
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