TribLIVE
Blogs | Sports | News
Chipped Ice

« Font size »
Decrease | Reset |Increase

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.

–ROSSI

Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi has covered the Penguins for parts of every season that Sidney Crosby has played in Pittsburgh. So, since 2005. He has led the Trib's NHL coverage since 2007, when he became the primary Penguins beat reporter. He joined the Tribune-Review in November 2002. Rossi, 35, is local chapter president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. He also dabbles in radio, as ClearChannel's "Penguins Insider," and TV, as "NHL Insider" for Root Sports Pittsburgh, and as a semi-regular contributor to The Final Word, a Sunday sports show that airs on WPXI. In 2012, Rossi was recognized nationally by Penn State's John Curley Center for Sports Journalism for his coverage of youth sports for a Trib series that investigated concussion protocol. In 2013, he teamed with Carl Prine for an investigative piece about athletes' charities what was honored regionally. A graduate of West Virginia University and Keystone Oaks High School, Rossi was raised in Crafton and Green Tree and currently resides in Brookline. He is currently working on the authorized biography of Evgeni Malkin. Follow him on Twitter: @RobRossi_Trib

Comments

  1. Karen says:

    “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.” Umm, isn’t there some info missing in this sentence? Maybe severed tendon in or severed nerve in?

Other Blogs
Sports: Dejan Kovacevic | Steel Mill | Chipped Ice | Bucco Blog | Sitting Ringside | Pitt Locker Room | Penn State Sports | H.S. Sports Insiders
News: This Just In | Trib List
» Top TribLIVE.com Sports
» Top TribLIVE.com News
» Top TribLIVE.com Breaking News