The Carolina Hurricanes got some good news today: Eric Staal has a third degree MCL sprain and will not need surgery after completing an MRI today. The team doctors also expect Staal to return before the start of the 2013-14 season. However, it will take Staal at least three months to rehabilitate the knee.
An MCL sprain is a tear of the tissue on the inside of the knee. A third degree is the worst kind and means the ligament is completely torn and has lost its integrity. Cam Ward suffered a similar injury during the 2013 season and also did not require surgery.
This is maybe the best news for the Hurricanes as the injury looked much worse when it happened and having Staal back by the beginning of the season will make things much easier on the team moving forward.
Staal was injured in Canada’s quarterfinal game against Sweden in the World Championships, when him and Alexander Edler collided in a knee-on-knee incident. Staal laid on the ice after the hit and could not skate off the ice under his own power. After having an MRI done there, he returned to Raleigh yesterday to complete his MRI today. Edler was suspended for the rest of the World Championships for the hit.