In a somewhat bizarre story earlier this week, it was announced that Carolina Hurricanes star Eric Staal had surgery to repair a core muscle injury. How will this affect their future NHL betting odds?
These types of injuries and surgeries are a little bizarre to hear about at this point in the offseason since the players aren’t playing. The good news is that the ‘Canes captain is expected to be healthy by the time training camp rolls around.
What Happened To Staal?
As of now, the mass media has not been notified as to what happened to Staal. All we know is that he notified the team that he was injured during offseason training and therefore required surgery. That surgery was performed by Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia. From what we know from Dr. Meyers, he believes that Staal will be at full strength for training camp and the start of the regular NHL season.
Although it does seem somewhat minor, these types of things have to be a concern if you’re a Hurricanes fan or betting on their futures with NHL picks. He’s the star of the team, the captain and holds more than 20 different scoring records. Although it’s likely that this is nothing, the flip side of it is that we’re talking about this in January when he has eight goals and 20 assists and is telling us that he never fully recovered from this. With these types of random offseason surgeries, you never know.
Where Are The Hurricanes Heading Next Season?
The Canes are clearly a team in transition. On the surface, you look at the roster and think: why can’t this team be a playoff team in the East? On the other hand, you’ve got the Staal surgery, a new head coach, a lack of depth up front, a lack of quality on the blue line and some serious concerns in net. This is a team that finished 22nd in goals scored last season; they need their star at full strength.
Examining the roster, the scoring up front is a concern. Eric Staal and Jeff Skinner are pretty steady, but the rest is a guessing game behind them. Alexander Semin and Jordan Staal only combined for 82 points last season. Beyond that, it’s a bit of a concern that three of the top six scorers on this team are defensemen. Clearly, they lack depth up front.
As far as the blue line goes, Justin Faulk and Andrej Sekera are good offensively but with John-Michael Liles, Ron Hainsey, Jay Harrison and Tim Gleason rounding out the unit, nobody exactly views this group as a shutdown unit.
And between the pipes, they used to have an All-Star in Cam Ward but he’s not even the starter anymore. Over the last three seasons, his GAA has gotten progressively worse from 2.74 to 2.84 to 3.06 last season. That leaves Anton Khudobin with the chief duties. Chances are you’re not going too far with him in net.
Overall, this is a roster that doesn’t inspire. Can they sneak into the playoffs if everything goes right? Probably. The East is weak. On the whole, this is a team that won’t do much damage in 2014-15.
How To Bet The News
Little has changed. This likely isn’t a playoff team in 2014-15 and if you can find a prop to bet that, then lay some money on ‘no’. With changes behind the bench, a lack of quality across the roster and issues in net, it’s hard to see this team making much noise in 2014-15. And if the Staal injury proves to be more serious than the team is letting on, this could be one of the weaker teams in the NHL…again.