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Staal (abdominal surgery) was back on the ice Friday at an informal skate with the Hurricanes, reports the Raleigh News Observer

He had surgery in late July for a core-muscle issue that was described more as an abdominal wall injury rather than a sports hernia. He had changed his offseason training approach after delivering his lowest offensive numbers in a full season since his rookie year. The injury was characterized as a training injury, but it's behind him now and he's been on the ice for 10 days. "It was frustrating," he said. "At the time of the injury I thought I was in the best shape I've ever been in." If that's the case and if he can get out of the blocks strong, Staal could be in line for a fantasy rebound. But he's going to turn 30 in October, so don't expect his output to recover to his previous best.

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Eric Staal has undergone surgery after suffering a core muscle injury while training.

"Eric notified us of the injury late last week, and flew to Raleigh and then Philadelphia to be evaluated," said Hurricanes GM Ron Francis. "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." The Hurricanes didn't provide a timetable or even the exact nature of the injury, so it's hard to speculate on how this will impact Staal. Obviously, they've already said that he's not expected to miss any playing time, but if this interrupts his summer training for a significant period of time, then that could make him rusty going into the 2014-15 campaign.

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Bill Peters, new coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, says Eric Staal's one goal on power plays last season under then-coach Kirk Muller is "unacceptable" to him and he vows to improve the PP next season.

Peters wants a better organized, more competitive team in Carolina and said a lack of overall team size didn't have to be a detriment. "We can intimidate with our speed and work ethic," he said.

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The Carolina Hurricanes might enjoy an underrated home-ice advantage.

They received 41 more power-play opportunities than times shorthanded during the 2013-14 season and generally get a lot of whistles their way. If new head coach Bill Peters can get more out of the man advantage, the Hurricanes could see a nice boost overall.

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The Carolina Hurricanes have scheduled seven preseason games for 2013-14.

That includes five road games against Buffalo, the New York Islanders, St. Louis, Columbus, and Washington. The Hurricanes will also host the Sabres and Blue Jackets.

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Carolina Hurricanes and Plymouth Whalers owner Peter Karmanos is threatening to relocate the latter.

Karmanos was citing lackluster attendance as the reason he might move the OHL Whalers. "The players want to play in a building that's full," Karmanos said. "When you put a quality team on the ice and you win every year and you're in the playoffs 23 straight years, sooner or later people have to start coming. (But) sooner or later, we have to do something." There's speculation that Hamilton and Flint would be the frontrunners if Karmanos decides to move the team.

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Carolina Hurricanes GM Ron Francis hopes to hire a head coach before the NHL Entry Draft.

One of Francis' first acts as general manager was to fire former bench boss Kirk Muller. Francis didn't offer much insight into who is in the running for the coaching gig or what he wants from his next bench boss, beyond the obvious like an ability to hold players accountable and get his message across. However, Francis did suggest that he'd "ideally" like a coach that was able to identify lines he could stick with as oppose to someone who favors making frequent tweaks. "Sometimes that's not the way it works out, and it may be keeping two together and adding a third based on injuries or matchups," Francis said. "But you need that continuity on the ice."

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Eric Staal badly wants to make the playoffs, but he doesn't want to be traded.

"I've been here a long time. I love it here," he said. "I've had success here, and I know and believe that we can have it again and I can be a part of that. Hopefully we can continue to improve and get better and get back there." That being said, there's an off chance the Hurricanes would trade him anyways in an attempt to pull off a big shakeup. Staal had an off year by his standards with 21 goals and 61 points in 79 games.

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Eric Staal scored twice to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 6-5 shootout win over Philadelphia.

Staal ends the season with 21 goals and 61 points as he had six shots on goal Sunday. It was a fair season for Staal as much more was expected of him offensively, especially on the power play where he managed to score only once all season.

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The Carolina Hurricanes power play is ranked 28th overall and a big reason for that is Eric Staal who has scored only once this season.

Staal had six seasons of double digit power play goals before the 2011-12 season but this is his worst season to date. "Too often it was like we were trying to score the perfect goal on the power play when we needed some dirty goals," GM Jim Rutherford said. Staal has only 19 goals and 59 points this season, his worst since he was a rookie. Look for a bounce back season in 2014-15 as Staal is only 29.