Staal's injury is a knee sprain; recovery estimated at three months

chip.alexander@newsobserver.comMay 18, 2013 

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Sweden's Alexander Edler (C) hits Canada's Eric Staal (L) during the quarterfinal match Canada vs Sweden at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships on May 16, 2013 in Stockholm.

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— Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal has a sprained right knee, but the injury will not require surgery, it was determined Saturday.

Staal has a third-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament, and his recovery time has been set at three months, which would mean he'd be ready for the Canes' training camp.

Staal suffered a knee-on-knee hit Thursday during Canada's game against Sweden in the IIHF World Championship in Stockholm. Swedish defenseman Alex Edler, who hit Staal, was suspended for the remainder of the event by the IIHF for what its disciplinary panel called a "reckless, dangerous" hit.

Staal returned to Raleigh from Sweden on Friday night and underwent an MRI on Saturday.

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