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Staal (broken leg) was placed on injured reserve Thursday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

Staal is still expected to miss three to four months after fracturing his right fibula in a preseason game Sept. 23. An early return around late December would be the best-case scenario here, however a more realistic expectation would be sometime in mid- to late-January.

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Staal will undergo surgery to repair a fractured fibula in his right leg and is expected to miss three-to-four months.

The Hurricanes were bracing for the worst after Staal broke his leg in Tuesday's exhibition game, and it appears they've received just that with the news that surgery will be necessary for the center. Staal will undergo the procedure on Friday, which will likely keep him out until around the All-Star break. Despite Staal's dropoff in production last season with the Hurricanes, his absence still represents a huge hit to the team's depth down the middle.

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It has yet to be determined whether or not Staal will require surgery on his broken leg, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

Staal was set to undergo a thorough evaluation by team doctors Thursday, but the results of those tests may not be available for a few days. If the Hurricanes do decide to go the surgery route, Staal would likely be looking at a long-term recovery period, which could potentially stretch into the second half of the season. Second-year forward Elias Lindholm is expected to receive the first opportunity to fill in for Staal as the Hurricanes' second-line center.

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Staal (broken leg) will return to Raleigh and receive an evaluation from team doctors Thursday.

The evaluation should clarify a firmer timetable for Staal's recovery, but it seems likely that he could miss multiple months after fracturing a bone in the lower half of his right leg Tuesday night. Staal was looking to rebound after he posted only 15 goals and 25 assists in 82 games last season, but the significant injury will hinder his chances of reemerging as a 50-point scorer.

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Staal sustained a broken bone in the lower part of his right leg during Tuesday's exhibition at Buffalo, Stephen Whyno of the Canadian Press reports.

A timetable has not been released regarding Staal's return to the ice, but it would seem likely that he'll miss significant time. He needed crutches to move around after Tuesday's preseason contest, and fantasy owners will want to monitor his status in the coming days for a clearer picture regarding how much time he'll miss.

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Staal (leg) was spotted using crutches while moving around in the locker room after Tuesday's preseason contest, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports.

Staal also underwent X-rays after the game, the results of which likely won't be available until Wednesday. While it's possible the Hurricanes just had Staal use the crutches so as not to aggravate his leg injury any further, the scene certainly warrants some concern. There should be more clarity regarding a possible return timetable by the end of the week, but things certainly don't look promising for Staal.

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Staal suffered an apparent right leg injury late in Tuesday's exhibition loss against the Sabres and required assistance off the ice, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

The Hurricanes fell to 0-2 in the preseason after Tuesday's defeat, but the health of their second-line center is obviously of graver concern for the club. According to Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, Staal wasn't able to put any weight on his leg as he exited the ice following a hit from the Sabres' Josh Gorges. The team will reevaluate him after the game, but there seems to be legitimate fear Staal may have suffered a significant injury.

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Staal has been skating with Alexander Semin and Jiri Tlusty so far in training camp, reports the Raleigh News & Observer.

Although it's early and new coach Bill Peters will likely experiment with various line combinations before the start of the regular season, Staal could really benefit from inheriting his brother Eric's linemates from the last two seasons. Semin and Tlusty are two reliable, scoring wingers who are used to playing on the same line together, something Staal has often lacked since joining the Canes two seasons ago. One thing is for certain - Staal will once again open the season as the Canes' second-line center, so it's really just a matter of who will be his wingers at this point - likely some combination of Semin, Tlusty, Jeff Skinner and Elias Lindholm.

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Jordan Staal had an assist in Carolina's 5-2 loss on Thursday.

Staal was on a seven-game scoring slump. That point brought him up to the 40-point milestone, which is well below where we had hoped he'd be at near the end of the 2013-14 campaign.

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Jordan Staal potted two assists but Carolina could not get by the Islanders, losing 5-4 on Tuesday night.

The 25 year old has struggled this season, managing just 39 points through 72 games. It would be worse had the center not picked it up this month to score 10 points in his past 12 games.