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 Stockholm certainly could have been a lot worse.
The captain of Canada's team collapsed to the ice in obvious pain following a knee-to-knee collision with Sweden's Alex Edler.
The durable Staal, 28, has missed only 14 games during nine NHL seasons. He led the Hurricanes with 35 assists and 53 points (see full story).
Spezza will play for Sens in Game 3
OTTAWA -- Jason Spezza will make his much-anticipated return to the Senators on Sunday.
The Ottawa star forward hasn't played since Jan. 27 because of a back injury that required surgery.
Spezza is expected to line up with Milan Michalek and possibly Colin Greening for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series that the Pittsburgh Penguins lead 2-0.
The 29-year-old will immediately add depth to a struggling offense and power play. Spezza had two goals and three assists in just five games during the regular season (see full story).
-The Associated Press
Redden closer to return for Bruins
BOSTON -- Boston Bruins defenseman Wade Redden has returned to practice but says he isn't quite ready to play after missing Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the New York Rangers.
Redden took part in some of the Bruins' activities during their off day Saturday. His injury has not been disclosed. Coach Claude Julien says it will be a game-time decision whether Redden can play.
Game 2 is Sunday afternoon at the TD Garden.
Dennis Seidenberg, who has a knee injury, skated on his own before practice. Julien says he doesn't expect him to be ready to play. Andrew Ference is out with a foot injury.
The Bruins started three rookie defensemen in Game 1 on Thursday night when they beat the Rangers 3-2 in overtime (see full story).
Sharks GM disagrees with suspension of Torres
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson says the organization disagrees with the NHL's decision to suspend forward Raffi Torres for a hit that knocked out Los Angeles forward Jarret Stoll.
Wilson said in a statement issued Friday that it is "abundantly clear" that Torres' check in Game 1 against Stoll was a clean hockey hit.
The NHL's Department of Player Safety sharply disagreed while suspending Torres for the rest of the second-round series Thursday. It is the fourth career suspension for Torres, who is considered a repeat offender in dangerous hits under the league's collective bargaining agreement.
Wilson says Torres will not appeal the suspension.
Stoll missed Game 2 of the series and there is no timetable for his return (see full story).