The Carolina Hurricanes’ suffered a number of injuries during the 2012-13 season and even saw their top player in Eric Staal injured after the season at the World Championships. GM Jim Rutherford gave an update on two players the other day.
Eric Staal – Rutherford told Chip Alexander that Staal should be able to train on a stationary bike by next week. This is great news for Staal, who will be able to start his rehab earlier in the summer rather than later. But it will also show if Staal will have any hiccups in his road to recovery. If he does have a set back, it could spell doom for the Hurricanes’ early season.
Staal will need three months for rehab, which puts him at an August return. If it takes longer, rehab could go into September and the start of training camp. On the other hand, rehab could go well and give Staal plenty of time to prepare for the 2013-14 season.
Tuomo Ruutu – Ruutu needed hip surgery again, this time on the side of his hip. According to Rutherford, the surgery went well. While that does not give too much detail, Ruutu dealt with this surgery in January and was able to return to the line-up earlier than predicted.
This time Ruutu will not have to rush back to play and will have the opportunity to wait until September to get back on the ice.