Canes' Staal Could Begin Biking Next Week: Eric Staal (knee) plans to begin riding a stationary bike next week, the Raleigh News & Observer reports. (Updated 5/24/13)
Knee - (Updated - 5/18/13)
Hitting the bike represents the first step in what is expected to be a three-month rehab process for Eric Staal. It looks like he'll be healed in plenty of time for training camp if his rehab remains on schedule. (Updated 5/24/13).
05/24/2013 21:02 Canes' Staal Could Begin Biking Next Week
Staal (knee) plans to begin riding a stationary bike next week, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.Hitting the bike represents the first step in what is expected to be a three-month rehab process for Staal. It looks like he'll be healed in plenty of time for training camp if his rehab remains on schedule.
05/21/2013 07:22 Carolina's Staal Out Three Months
Staal (third-degree MCL sprain) faces a three-month recovery time but will not need surgery, Tampa Tribune writer Erik Erlendsson reportsIt's a significant injury, but the offseason should be enough time for Staal to be ready for the 2013-14 season, which would have been in jeopardy had he suffered a tear. The news is good, in other words.
05/21/2013 07:17 Canes' Staal (Knee) To Return Stateside For MRI
Staal (knee) will fly to Raleigh on Friday undergo an MRI on Saturday, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.The MRI will in all likelihood reveal the severity of Staal's knee injury, which he suffered during the World Hockey Championships on Thursday. Staal's knee appeared to collide head-on with the knee of Sweden's Alex Edler, causing Staal to leave the ice in great pain.
05/21/2013 07:17 Hurricanes' Staal Hurt At World Championships
Following a knee-on-knee collision at the world hockey championships, Staal had to be helped off the ice, the Canadian Press reports.At first glance, this doesn't look good, as Staal, who clutched his right knee in pain afterward, was not able to put any weight on the leg.
Having posted at least 70 points in each of his last seven seasons, the oldest of the Eric Staal brothers proved in 2011-2012 that even in a "down" year, he can still be relied upon for strong fantasy production. Staal surged in the second half of the season after a disappointing start, recording 45 points in the final 42 games. If head coach Kirk Muller likes what he sees when experimenting with placing big brother Eric on the same line with Jordan in the pre-season, the Ontario native could be in for a big improvement off of last year's numbers. Staal is one of the most consistent centers in the NHL, essentially a lock for 30 goals and 70-plus points each season. (Updated 8/14/12)