Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal has a sprained right knee but the injury will not require surgery, it was determined Saturday.
Staal has a third-degree sprain of the right MCL and his recovery time has been set at three months. It is expected he will be ready for the start of the 2013-2014 season.
Staal suffered a knee-on-knee hit Thursday during Canada's game against Sweden in the IIHF World Championship in Stockholm. Swedish defenseman Alex Edler, who hit Staal, was suspended for the remainder of the event by the IIHF for what its disciplinary panel called a "reckless, dangerous" hit.
Staal returned to Raleigh from Sweden on Friday night and underwent an MRI on Saturday.
Canes goalie Cam Ward suffered a third-degree MCL sprain in March that held him out the rest of the season.