The Carolina Hurricanes announced Saturday that center Eric Staal will need about three months to recover from an MCL sprain in his right knee, but will not need surgery.
Staal sustained the injury during the World Hockey Championships during the week. He is expected to be ready for the start of the 2013-14 season.
Staal's injury occurred Thursday playing for team Canada against Sweden when he was hit by Alex Edler, who was ejected from the game and suspended for the rest of the tournament.
Staal had 18 goals and 35 assists in 48 games this season. He finished sixth in the NHL with 53 points.