Staal will miss 3-4 months after undergoing successful surgery on a fractured fibula.
Staal had a bad year in 2013-14 and the Hurricanes were looking for a bounce-back season, but this is not a good start. The injury likely means that Elias Lindholm will be thrust into a larger role this season. Don't expect to see Staal until late December or mid-January.
Staal left Tuesday's preseason game with a leg injury and did not return.
Staal was injured in a collision with Sabres' defenseman Josh Gorges. He left the ice unable to put any weight on his leg and was seen leaving the rink on crutches with a cast on his ankle/foot. Head coach Bill Peters did not have an update on Staal, but did say "I'm concerned, for sure." Stall will return to Carolina to be reevaluated.
Eric Staal underwent surgery to repair a "core muscle injury" and the Hurricanes expect him to be ready for training camp.
In 2013-14, Staal, 29, had his worst offensive season since his rookie season 10 years ago. His 61 points (21G / 40A) were nearly the same amount of points (53) that he posted in 48 games in the lockout shortened campaign. He is still considered a top-15 centre heading into this year, as long as this core muscle injury does not linger.
The Hurricanes signed Jay McClement to a one-year, $1 million dollar deal.
McClement, 31, spent the last two seasons with the Maple Leafs. He had 10 points (4G / 6A) in 81 games last year, but it all about his two-way game and penalty killing. McClement ranked tied for first in the NHL amongst forwards averaging 3:25 shorthanded TOI.
The Hurricanes have signed Drew MacIntyre to a one-year contract worth $600K.
After losing Justin Peters in free agency, the Hurricanes have locked up MacIntyre for next season. MacIntyre was 29-15-3 with a 2.53 GAA and .917 SV% with the Toronto Marlies (AHL) last season. He is expected to start the season with the Hurricanes AHL affiliate Charlotte Checkers.
The Hurricanes have re-signed Jiri Tlusty to a one-year contract worth $2.95 million.
After a great 2012-13 season, Tlusty took a step back last season posting 16 goals and 14 assists (30 points) in 68 games. A lot of Hurricanes had a tough season, so they are going to take a chance on Tlusty for one more season. His fantasy value is higher when he is playing with Eric Staal, but that is not a guarantee heading into 2014-15.
Semin played three of the Hurricanes' seven games in April and sat out the final two. In his second season with the team he had 22 goals and 42 points in 65 games. He was held without a goal or a point in his final six games.
Khudobin will start the season finale for the Canes.
Khudobin allowed five goals on 21 shots in a loss to the Capitals on Thursday. It was a rough outing for Khudobin, but was only the second time in 33 starts that he allowed more than three goals. Today, he faces the Flyers who he is 2-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA and .929 SV% against this season.
The Hurricanes have recalled Zach Boychuk from Charlotte (AHL).
Boychuk has totaled four points (1G / 3A) in 10 NHL games this season. He ranks first in the AHL in goals (36) and second in points (72) in 66 games played for Charlotte. Boychuk, 24, is also first in the AHL in power-play goals (18)
MacIntyre has played in five career NHL games, but has never started one of them. He has stopped 50 of 54 shots in games with the Canucks, Sabres and Leafs. WIth the Maple Leafs season over, MacIntyre will finally make his first NHL start at the age of 30. He went 27-15-3 with a 2.49 GAA and .918 SV% with the Toronto Marlies (AHL) before being recalled.
The Hurricanes have sent Ryan Murphy back to Charlotte (AHL).
Murphy, 21, has totaled 12 points (2G / 10A) in 48 NHL games with the Hurricanes during his first full professional season. He has also played 19 AHL games for Charlotte in 2013-14, earning 19 points (1G / 18A). Murphy ranks second among Checkers defensemen in assists this season, and third among team blueliners in points. HIs return means Mike Komisarek will suit up tonight.
Tlusty (lower-body) will return to the Hurricanes lineup on Thursday.
Tlusty missed four games with a lower-body injury he suffered on March 31st. Tlusty will likely skate with Jordan Staal and Nathan Gerbe on Carolina's second line. He as 14 goals and 12 assists (26 points) in 65 games this season.