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Eric Staal out 3 months for knee

Updated: May 18, 2013, 12:15 PM ET
Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes say they expect captain Eric Staal to be ready to start next season after suffering a scary-looking knee injury during an international tournament.

The team said Staal underwent an MRI on his right knee Saturday and it revealed a third-degree sprain of his medial collateral ligament.

The team says Staal won't need surgery and he should need only three months of rehab.

Staal's injury Thursday during the world hockey quarterfinals in ...

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