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Staal skates before AM practice.

A quick update about an hour before the Penguins hit the ice for an AM practice prior to their game tonight at CEC against Carolina:

= C JORDAN STAAL skated briefly this morning, wrapping his session at 9:31 a.m. He was on the ice with strength and conditioning coach MIKE KADAR, and Staal was wearing a track suit. His surgically-repaired right hand, which was broken about a month ago as he was set to make his season debut, was heavily wrapped. He was not wearing a glove. Basic light drills for Staal (no puck work), who is expected to return in mid- to late-December.

= Fans are encourage to give themselves extra time to arrive tonight becuase of the city’s holiday-season launch activities, which includes the annual “Light Up Night.” Rare is the Penguins’ home game that coincides with these traditional festivities, so this is going to be something that feels very new to everybody.

= Speaking of launches, I had a chance to attend the one for C MAX TALBOT’Sfoundation on Thursday night. It was just a wonderful event, and one I’ll detail more Sunday in my “Rossi’s Road” column for the Trib’s “Hockey Day in Pittsburgh” page. I’m pretty sure Talbot was smiling as much Thursday night as he was while holding the Stanley Cup on June 12, 2009. All proceeds for the event went to help the Haitian orphan project with which Talbot and C MIKE RUPP are involved. Check it out:



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


  1. Nathan says:

    His right hand is hurt, so did he have a stick at all?

  2. Nathan says:

    The best, and after some practice, the easiest thing to do is stay away from the negativity-it doesn’t come from a constructive place. We’re bombarded with so much negativity at all times from all directions, we need to bring positive influences back into our psyche. Let’s watch the Penguins play tonight and really enjoy it.

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