Player News - Hurricanes

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Eric Staal has recovered from his core muscle injury and is expected to suit up in Tuesday's exhibition game against St. Louis.

"It's been good," Staal said of his progress in training camp thus far. "I'm ready to get into game action to test that and see how it feels, but I foresee no issues moving forward." It will be his first preseason game.
Sep 30 - 3:54 PM

Alexander Semin is set to make his preseason debut on Tuesday night.

He had been dealing with a wrist injury that underwent surgery during the off-season. Semin is projected to join Jiri Tlusty and Eric Staal on the top line in the contest.
Sep 30 - 3:49 PM

Victor Rask is a candidate to serve as Carolina's second-line center while Jordan Staal (leg) is sidelined.

Rask still isn't a lock to make the team at all, but he's certainly worth keeping an eye on. He had 16 goals and 39 points in 76 AHL games last season.
Sep 30 - 7:33 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes have sent Ben Holmstrom and seven others to the minors.

Trevor Carrick, Dennis Robertson, Jared Staal, Keegan Lowe, Daniel Altshuller, Justin Shugg and Gregg Nemisz were also sent to the minors. Shugg, Nemisz, Staal and Holmstrom need to clear waivers but that should be a formality.
Sep 28 - 6:44 AM

It sounds like Chad LaRose's comeback bid is going well, as the Carolina Hurricanes upgraded his minor league contract to a professional tryout.

It's hard to imagine the hard-working winger regaining his 19-goal form (from 2011-12 and 2008-09) after a full season away from the game, but if nothing else, the 'Canes are hurting for help with Jordan Staal on the shelf. Trevor Carrick, Dennis Robertson, Keegan Lowe and Daniel Altshuller were assigned to the AHL today.
Sep 27 - 1:52 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes placed Jared Staal on waivers on Saturday.

Obviously it's been a tough week for the Staals in Carolina, with Jordan Staal suffering an injury that's expected to sideline him for three-to-four months. Jared may never make more than a lower-level NHL impact in his own career, however. The Hurricanes waived Greg Nemisz, Justin Shugg and Ben Holmstrom today.
Sep 27 - 12:40 PM

Jordan Staal's leg injury is an opportunity for Victor Rask.

Rask was previously seen as a bit of a long shot to make the team, but with Staal expected to be out until January, there's an opening for him to fight for. "He's been good, he’s been poised," Eric Staal said of Rask. "I think his skating has improved a lot since the last time I saw him here at camp and his confidence is a little bit higher. I'm sure he's a guy they're going to be looking at for possibly getting an opportunity. So he has to make the most of it, as other guys should, as well." Rask had 16 goals and 39 points in 76 AHL contests.
Sep 26 - 10:06 AM

Eric Staal is confident Jordan Staal will return this season and be able to contribute once he does.

It wouldn't be surprising if Jordan Staal returns given that his current timetable suggests that he will probably be back sometime in January. Whether or not he can meaningfully contribute after missing the first half of the season is another story. "Initially, there's the frustration of it all happening," Eric Staal said. "I think he's already over that and now it's about getting healthy and getting back. … It'll just take a little longer than we hoped. He is in phenomenal shape, the best shape I've seen him in. For something as freak as that was to happen is really, really tough, but his spirits have been pretty good."
Sep 26 - 10:03 AM

Jordan Staal miss 3 to 4 months with a fractured right fibula.

Staal suffered the injury during Tuesday’s preseason game against Buffalo, when he got tangled up with Sabres’ defenseman Josh Gorges. Staal will undergo surgery on his fractured right fibula on Friday. Losing Staal will definitely hurt Carolina’s playoff chances. The 26-year-old scored 15 goals and 40 points in 82 games with the Hurricanes last season.
Sep 25 - 6:16 PM

Elias Lindholm has shifted to center to help fill the void left by Jordan Staal (leg).

The Hurricanes tested Lindholm out on a line with Jeff Skinner and Jiri Tlusty. We'll have to wait and see if the Hurricanes end up committing to this experiment in the long term. Either way, Lindholm is likely to take a step up in 2014-15 after scoring nine goals and 21 points in 58 games last season.
Sep 25 - 7:49 AM

Jeff Skinner, who led the Carolina Hurricanes in goals last season with 33, scored one in the team's 4-2 preseason victory over the New York Islanders Wednesday.

Skinner also had an assist. Ryan Murphy, Andrej Sekera and Nathan Gerbe also scored once and picked up assists for the Canes. Casey Cizikas' shorthanded goal got the Islanders on the board at 3:26 of the third period after they fell behind 3-0. Ryan Strome scored with 1:27 remaining. Jaroslav Halak, the Islanders' new No. 1 goaltender, allowed four goals on 23 shots. Hurricanes goalie Drew MacIntyre made 26 saves for the win.
Sep 24 - 10:54 PM

Hurricane's GM and President Ron Francis announced that Jordan Staal suffered a broken bone in the lower part of his right leg during Tuesday's preseason game with Buffalo.

We knew it was going to be bad when we heard that Staal was on crutches after the game and this confirms it. Staal is traveling back to Raleigh to visit with team doctors to find out the extent of the injury. It is a brutal way to start the season for both Staal and the Hurricanes. It is just another reason to hold your draft as late as possible. Stay tuned for details on a timetable.
Sep 24 - 2:03 AM

Jordan Staal (leg) was set to return to Raleigh after Tuesday's preseason game in Buffalo while his teammates traveled on to Long Island.

Stall will consult with Carolina's team doctors and presumably undergo an evaluation to determine the extent of his injury. We'll pass along more details as they become available.
Sep 23 - 9:58 PM

Carolina goalie Anton Khudobin stopped all nine shots he faced Tuesday as he played the first half of the Hurricanes' preseason matchup with Buffalo.

Khudobin was excellent last season and stands a good chance of usurping Cam Ward for the starter's gig this year. Drew MacIntyre entered Tuesday's contest and allowed two goals on 12 shots in the losing effort.
Sep 23 - 9:39 PM

Hurricanes center Jordan Staal was injured in Tuesday's preseason battle with the Buffalo Sabres.

Staal appeared to get tangled with Buffalo's Josh Gorges and had to be helped from the ice as he was unable to place any weight on his right leg. We don't like to speculate about the severity of injuries, but this situation doesn't look promising for the Hurricanes forward.
Sep 23 - 9:18 PM

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