For the first time since the World Championship in May, Eric Staal and Alexander Edler will share a sheet of ice Sunday as the Carolina Hurricanes face the Vancouver Canucks at PNC Arena. But Staal, the Canes’ captain, said he isn’t interested in retribution. “Not for me. That’s not who I am or what I’m about,” Staal said. While competing for Canada at the 2013 World Championship in Stockholm, Staal took a hard knee-on-knee hit from Edler, a Canucks defenseman who was playing for the Swedish national team. Staal suffered a third-degree sprain of the right medial collateral ligament on a play the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) later ruled was reckless and dangerous. Edler was suspended for the remainder of the tournament. The injury didn’t require surgery, but Staal faced months of intense rehabilitation. In June, after modeling the Canes’ new-look jersey at PNC Arena, Staal said the hit by Edler was not a clean one. Staal said Friday that Edler never personally contacted him but did “reach out” to Dan Hamhuis, a Canucks teammate and defenseman on Team Canada, immediately after the May 16 game. “He told Dan it wasn’t his intention to hit me like that,” Staal said. “That’s fine.” The Canes’ Jordan Staal also was on Team Canada with his brother and was on the bench when the play occurred. He said seeing Eric down on the ice, grabbing the knee and in severe pain, was a scary moment.
Hurricanes captain Eric Staal has no ill will for Canucks' Edler
Raleigh News & Observer | Dec 1