On Sept. 26, Staal underwent surgery. He is expected to miss three to four months.
Staal, who is an alternate caption for the Hurricanes, hasn't missed a game in two seasons with the Hurricanes. In 82 games last season, Staal tallied 40 points.
The 26-year-old played his first six years with the Penguins, winning the Stanley Cup with them in 2009.
Carolina's first regular season is Oct. 10 at home against the New York Islanders.
- Sarah Barshop