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07:21 AM ET 05.17 | The threat of playing for one's country after an NHL season always exists, and the unfortunate has happened in the case of Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal. [Staal] is being evaluated for an apparent knee injury suffered Thursday in the IIHF World Championships in Stockholm, Sweden. Staal, who also is serving as Canada's team captain, took a knee-on-knee hit from Alex Edler of Sweden with 4:14 left in the first period. He fell to the ice in pain, clutching his right knee. Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said Hockey Canada officials called him immediately after Staal left the ice for treatment. Rutherford dd not know the seriousness of the injury, saying Staal was to have an MRI exam administered by NHL doctors in Stockholm.

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May 17, 2013  08:40 AM ET

yeah....now what was all that about the Olympics?
bad idea to send these guys there. Oh wait, I forgot, it's all about ratings and profits

May 17, 2013  08:50 AM ET

That looked bad. Really bad.

May 17, 2013  09:15 AM ET

Is this the Alex Edler of Vancouver Canucks fame? If it is, he's been playing dirty for a long time. This is the worse. Unfortunately for him, he has to come back to the NHL. The day of reckoning cometh.

May 17, 2013  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

That looked bad. Really bad.

Yep.

May 17, 2013  09:29 AM ET

That looked deliberate to me.

May 17, 2013  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

That looked deliberate to me.

It was.

May 17, 2013  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

That looked bad. Really bad.

Yup. Don't think Staal is one to shy away from pain, but he was REALLY freaking out about that hit. He's going to be done for quite a while. Just when the Hurricanes fans thought the season couldn't get any worse. And it got worse for Canada, as they lost in the shootout.

May 17, 2013  09:54 AM ET

Just another reason to scrap meaningless international hockey. And the worlds are meaningless. Only the losers are playing there.

The best are still playing the real game.

May 17, 2013  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

yeah....now what was all that about the Olympics?bad idea to send these guys there. Oh wait, I forgot, it's all about ratings and profits

I stopped by to see my parents yesterday afternoon and my dad says Sweden just beat Canada in a shootout.

My reply?

My, isn't that nice........

May 17, 2013  11:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

That looked deliberate to me.

Yep.

May 17, 2013  11:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

yeah....now what was all that about the Olympics?bad idea to send these guys there. Oh wait, I forgot, it's all about ratings and profits

It's been said here many times before - get the Summit Series or something like it going again for international competition. Let the amatuers play in the Olympics.

May 17, 2013  11:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

It's been said here many times before - get the Summit Series or something like it going again for international competition. Let the amatuers play in the Olympics.

but even that....this is a different world now.
Leave the Internationals to the amateurs though....

May 17, 2013  11:34 AM ET
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but even that....this is a different world now.

To me the thrill is gone. They all know everyone these days. They all play together, as teammates.

I prefer the intensity and hate levels in Game 3 onwards of a 7 game NHL playoff series. Nothing else in hockey compares these days.

King and country doesn't mean much to me.

May 17, 2013  11:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

To me the thrill is gone. They all know everyone these days. They all play together, as teammates.I prefer the intensity and hate levels in Game 3 onwards of a 7 game NHL playoff series. Nothing else in hockey compares these days.King and country doesn't mean much to me.

my point exactly.....I agree

May 17, 2013  12:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

but even that....this is a different world now. Leave the Internationals to the amateurs though....

I don't know. It works for soccer in the WC.

May 17, 2013  12:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I don't know. It works for soccer in the WC.

The only time i watch academy award fakers who become miraculous healers chase a ball around is the World Cup.

May 17, 2013  12:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I don't know. It works for soccer in the WC.

OH, really.

May 17, 2013  12:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

That looked bad. Really bad.

Been a really bad year for the Staal brothers

May 17, 2013  12:48 PM ET

Edler's a marked man, for sure. He might seriously consider taking his career back to the safety of mother Sverge. He might not even make it through the Can't-ucks training camp. I say the Twinks are in for praticular **** ****-well - just by the cone-exions. This is definitely gonna be taken very seriously in d' brudder-hood.

 
May 17, 2013  12:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Been a really bad year for the Staal brothers

and they didn't even do it to each other this time

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