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.