NHL notes: Hurricanes' Eric Staal recovering from surgery

Hurricanes captain Eric Staal was injured during offseason workouts and had surgery recently....

Hurricanes captain Eric Staal was injured during offseason workouts and had surgery recently. (Michael Peake/QMI Agency/Files)

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Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal injured a core muscle during offseason workouts and recently underwent surgery, the team announced Tuesday.

Staal is expected to recover in time for the start of the 2014-15 season. The procedure was done by Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia.

"Eric notified us of the injury late last week and flew to Raleigh and then Philadelphia to be evaluated," Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis said in a statement. "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 29-year-old Staal finished last season with 21 goals and 61 points in 79 games. His points total was his lowest in a full season since his rookie year, but he still led the team in points and assists.

Staal has 289 goals and 399 assists for 688 points in 769 career games.

TROTTIER TO SABRES BENCH?

Hall of Famer Bryan Trottier will join the the Buffalo Sabres as an assistant on coach Ted Nolan's staff, according to a Buffalo News report.

Trottier has been out of coaching since 2002 when he was ousted as the head coach of the New York Rangers during the season. He previously served as an assistant coach for the Pitsburgh Penguins and the Colorado Avalanche.

Trottier's career as a player ended in 1994 and included 1,425 points in 1,279 NHL games covering 18 seasons with the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins. He won the Calder, Hart, Art Ross, King Clancy and Conn Smythe trophies.

As a player and as an assistant, Trottier has been a part of six Stanley Cup teams. Among those were the four straight titles won by the Islanders in the 1980s.

Nolan was looking to fill openings after firing two assistants on former coach Ron Rolston's Sabres staff last season and reassigning two others.

An announcement to confirm Trottier's hiring was not imminent, Sabres spokesman Mike Gilbert told The Buffalo News.

FONTAINE SIGNS DEAL

The Minnesota Wild avoided an arbitration hearing with Justin Fontaine and signed the forward to a two-year contract on Tuesday.

Fontaine's agent, Neil Sheehy, said the deal was worth $2 million.

The 26-year-old Fontaine had 13 goals and eight assists for 21 points and a plus-6 rating in 66 regular-season games as a rookie in 2013-14. He added two points in nine playoff games.

Fontaine finished tied for the fourth on the team in goals and tied for 12th among NHL rookies. His 11 regular-season goals were the third highest and his plus-minus rating the second highest by a Wild rookie in team history.

One of the highlights of his rookie season with a hat trick against the Coyotes on Jan. 9 -- the first time a Wild rookie scored three goals in a game in franchise history.

In two seasons with the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League, Fontaine totaled 111 points (39 goals, 72 assists) in 137 games. He was an undrafted free agent out of Minnesota-Duluth in 2011.

JACKETS INK D’AMIGO

Blue Jackets sign F D'Amigo The Columbus Blue Jackets signed forward Jerry D'Amigo to a one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

D'Amigo, 23, was acquired from Toronto on July 21 after scoring one goal and two assists in 22 games for the Maple Leafs last season He had 29 points and a plus-7 rating in 70 games with the AHL's Toronto Marlies before making his NHL debut on Dec. 5.

D'Amigo was originally a sixth-round pick in 2009 and has 118 points in 240 career AHL games.

CATS GRAB HAYES

Panthers sign F Hayes The Florida Panthers signed forward Jimmy Hayes to a one-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Hayes, 24, has scored 31 points with 17 goals in 96 career NHL games. He was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 14 and went on to score 11 goals with seven assists in 53 games with the Panthers.

"We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Jimmy," said Panthers general manager Dale Tallon. "We look forward to his continued contributions to our team both on and off the ice."


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