At the center of the core of the Carolina Hurricanes, captain Eric Staal had some work done on his own core recently. The team announced Tuesday that Staal had surgery to repair a core muscle injury that he suffered while training this off-season.
“Eric notified us of the injury late last week, and flew to Raleigh and then Philadelphia to be evaluated,” said general manager Ron Francis. “By having this procedure now, Dr. 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.”
The 29-year-old Staal led Carolina in scoring last season, with 61 points in 79 game, also adding 74 penalty minutes. Selected by Carolina in the first round (second overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Staal has played 769 career games for the Hurricanes, scoring 688 points. He also has 43 points in 43 playoff contests, leading the league in postseason scoring en route to capturing the Stanley Cup in 2006.
Eric’s younger brother Jordan Staal is an alternate captain for the Hurricanes, and had 40 points in 82 games last season, his second in Carolina. In addition, their youngest brother Jared Staal plays for the team’s AHL affiliate: the Charlotte Checkers. Jared had seven points in 50 games last season. The trio played on a line together for Carolina to start a late-season game in 2013. A fourth brother, Marc Staal, was scheduled to play in the contest for the opposing New York Rangers; but missed the game with injury.
In other news, a familiar face is coming back to the Hurricanes organization. The team announced on Tuesday that longtime Hurricanes forward Chad LaRose has signed an AHL contract with the Checkers. The 32-year-old LaRose had played in 508 games with the Hurricanes before walking away from the game of hockey prior to last season.
“Chad’s looking to get back on the ice and get his career back on track,” said Checkers head coach Jeff Daniels. “Obviously the connection with Carolina and the history there, we just thought it would be a good fit to get him down in Charlotte.”