NHL Notes: Staal has surgery to fix muscle injury

NHL Notes: Staal has surgery to fix muscle injury
July 29, 2014, 3:00 pm
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Hurricanes captain Eric Staal underwent surgery to repair a core muscle but should be available for training camp. (USA Today Images)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes say captain Eric Staal has had surgery to repair a core muscle injury and should be ready for training camp.

General manager Ron Francis said the surgery was performed Tuesday by a doctor in Philadelphia.

He says Staal suffered the injury -- also known as a sports hernia -- during offseason training.

Francis says the doctor who performed the surgery believes Staal will be ready for training camp in September and should "be at full health for the start of the regular season."

The 29-year-old Staal led the team with 40 assists and 61 points last season and is entering his 11th season with the Hurricanes.

Jets: Frolik sign one-year deal 
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- The Winnipeg Jets re-signed forward Michael Frolik to a $3.3-million, one-year contract Tuesday.

Frolik had 42 points (15 goals, 27 assists) in 81 games with the Jets last season. The two sides were scheduled to go to salary arbitration on Thursday.

"He plays with energy, he kills penalties, he's versatile," Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said. "It really comes back to that he's just a tremendous person on and off the ice."

The 26-year-old native of Kladno, Czech Republic, has 193 points and 137 penalty minutes in 430 games with Florida, Chicago and Winnipeg.

Frolik was acquired by the Jets from the Chicago Blackhawks on June 30, 2013, for Winnipeg's third and fifth-round picks in the 2013 draft. He was originally drafted by the Florida Panthers in the first round (10th overall) in 2006.

Wild: Fontaine re-signs for two years 
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild have re-signed right wing Justin Fontaine to a two-year contract, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing.

The deal was done on Tuesday.

Fontaine had 13 goals, eight assists and a plus-6 rating for the Wild in 66 games last season as a rookie, ranking fourth on the team in goals. Playing primarily on the third line, Fontaine also had one goal and one assist in nine playoff games.

The 26-year-old Fontaine's goal total last season was the third-highest by a rookie in Wild history, and his plus-minus rating was second. The former Minnesota Duluth star also recorded the franchise's first hat trick by a first-year player, when he had three goals in a game at Phoenix in January.

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