There were scoffs and rolled eyes when Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said Selke Trophy finalist and third-line center Jordan Staal was “day-to-day” Saturday after surgery to repair a severed tendon in his right foot.
So, it was to the surprise of almost everyone watching the Penguins practice inside Montreal’s Bell Center when Staal took the ice and skated lightly for five minutes in a sweatsuit this morning – just four days after the surgery.
“I know there were a few chuckles when I said he was day-to-day, but he is day-to-day,” Bylsma said. “He’s doing well, progressing and you saw him on the ice for a short time without his gear on, testing out his foot on the skate – so he will remain day-to-day.”
Staal definitely appeared to be favoring his left leg, as you can see on <a href=”http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_679449.html” target=”_new”>this video</a>.
While Staal is not expected to play tonight in Game 3 against the Montreal Canadiens, Bylsma didn’t rule a return much earlier than expected. In fact, Bylsma indicated that it’s just a matter of giving Staal time to heal.
“We would not be risking anything, in terms of his health or the procedure that he had,” Bylsma said. “I talked to a doctor about the procedure. There would be no risk right now. He just has to heal from a surgical wound and get back in his boot and be comfortable doing that, so there’s not a risk in terms of weighing if he should play or shouldn’t play.”
In other news, Penguins winger Bill Guerin did not skate – Bylsma called it “maintenance” – and will be a game-time decision. Bylsma also said the Penguins are “planning to insert” center Mark Letestu into lineup.