Hurricanes' Staal out indefinitely with concussion
Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal will be sidelined indefinitely with a concussion, coach Rod Brind'Amour told reporters on Thursday.
The 30-year-old Staal was injured during the third period of Wednesday's loss to the San Jose Sharks. He has sustained at least one other concussion in his career, missing seven games during the 2016-17 campaign as he recovered.
In 27 games this season, Staal has 11 points (five goals, six assists) and 14 penalty minutes. He has scored at least 16 goals in each of the past three seasons.
The Hurricanes recalled forward Saku Maenalanen from Charlotte of the AHL to help fill the void left by Staal. The Finland native is expected to make his NHL debut on Friday night when Carolina wraps up a three-game road trip against the Anaheim Ducks.
Staal is not the first high-profile Hurricanes player to sustain a concussion this season. Forward Micheal Ferland, who leads the team with 11 goals, has missed the past three games because of a concussion, and his return date is uncertain.
--Field Level Media
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