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Canes’ Staal has minor surgery

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Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal recently underwent surgery following the discovery of a core muscle injury – commonly referred to as a sports hernia. The Hurricanes expect Staal, 29, to participate in September’s training camp and be ready for the regular season.

Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis issued a news release Tuesday, saying Staal informed the team of the injury last week. Staal then traveled to Raleigh and followed it with a trip to Philadelphia to have the hernia surgically repaired by Dr. William Meyers.

“By having this procedure now, Dr. Meyers believes Eric will be able to return to action for training camp and be at full health for the start of the regular season,” said Francis in the statement.

Staal is a four-time All-Star selection and will be a key component in the Hurricanes offense in the upcoming season. He led the team in the 2013-14 season with 21 goals and 40 assists in 79 games last season. Apart from his rookie season, the point total (61) was the lowest of his career in seasons where he played at least 75 games.

The injury marks the second offseason in a row in which Staal has been hurt. He suffered a knee injury last year at the world championships. But the native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, has missed only 17 games throughout his 10-year career.

LaRose returns: Forward Chad LaRose, who helped the Hurricanes win the 2006 Stanley Cup, will attempt to play his way back into the NHL.

LaRose signed a one-year American Hockey League contract Tuesday with the Charlotte Checkers, the Canes’ AHL affiliate.

LaRose, 32, has played 508 career NHL games, all with the Hurricanes between 2005-2013, scoring 85 goals and adding 95 assists. LaRose left the team and become an unrestricted free agent after the 2012-2013 season, but went unsigned and did not play last season.

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