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Staal skates for Pens


Center Jordan Staal hit the ice this morning for an individual workout session at Consol Energy Center.

Staal is out indefinitely with a right-foot injury. He has not played since mid-May in the Stanley Cup playoffs. He underwent surgery in a second-round series to repair a severed right-foot, and over the summer had two surgeries to correct infections in that foot.

Staal was able to skate only once during the summer and his office workouts were limited.

His return is not imminent. He is expected to anchor a second line with Evgeni Malkin on the right wing when he does return.

For the on-ice session at Consol he worked with team strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar. Staal was not in full equipment, though he did not favor the injured foot while maneuvering through cones and shooting on an empty net.

The Penguins play the Toronto Maple Leafs at home tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Defensemen Brooks Orpik (undisclosed) and Zbynek Michalek (right shoulder) may not play in that game. Orpik missed a game Monday at New Jersey and Michalek was injured at that game.

Both players were to be re-evaluated today by team physicians.





Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi is the lead sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has been called many names, but “Rossi” is the one to which he most often responds. He joined the Trib in November 2002 and was promoted to the columnist role in July 2014. Previously, he had covered the NHL’s Penguins (2006-14) and MLB’s Pirates (2006), while also working on beats associated with the NFL’s Steelers (2005-06) and the NCAA’s Pitt (2004-06). He has won national and local awards for his coverage of youth concussions and athletes’ charities. Also, he is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association executive committee and the Pittsburgh chapter chair. Raised in Crafton and Green Tree and a graduate of West Virginia University, he has covered a Super Bowl, All-Star Games in baseball and hockey, the NCAA basketball tournament and over 100 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the Cup Final twice. Oh, and his sports reporting has led him to brief chats with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen; so that’s pretty cool. He is a regular contributor on TV with WPXI, Root Sports Pittsburgh and TSN. Also, he is the authorized biographer of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.

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