Staal (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday. The move is retroactive to Dec. 5. Staal missed the last two games, but he'll still be eligible to play Thursday night against host Montreal if it's ultimately determined that he's healthy enough to do so. In the meantime, the veteran center shifting to injured reserve has provided roster flexibility in allowing the parent club to summon prospect Janne Kuokkanen from AHL Charlotte.
Staal (concussion) has yet to resume skating, Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports. Staal will need to log at least one full practice before returning to game action, so he can be considered out indefinitely until that occurs. Lucas Wallmark will continue to occupy a top-six role until Staal is cleared to play.
Staal is dealing with a concussion and won't play in Friday's game against the Ducks, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports. Staal departed Wednesday's game against the Sharks due to a concussion, and his injury will leave the Hurricanes shorthanded up front for Friday's contest. Carolina recalled Saku Maenalanen as a reinforcement from the AHL on Thursday and he will likely draw in if Micheal Ferland (concussion) is out in addition to Staal.
Staal will not retake the ice Wednesday against the Sharks due to an upper-body injury, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports. Staal's injury further darkens his outlook after a recent run of struggles offensively, as he failed to tally a point for a sixth straight game Wednesday. He has a day of rest ahead Thursday before the Hurricanes return to action for the second game of the team's two-game west coast trip, Friday against the Ducks.
Staal failed to record a point for the fourth straight game Friday against the Ducks. Staal was looking like a stud earlier this season with four goals and two helpers in his first five games, but he's pulled a major disappearing act since then, with just five points in his last 20 games. He's currently on pace for just 30 points after scoring at least 45 in each of the last three seasons. Bottom line, the Canes are desperately in need of a bona fide No. 1 center, and the 30-year-old Staal just doesn't fit the bill anymore.
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