Thursday, September 2, 2010

Staal Injury Update: Will Miss Start of Training Camp

It appears that the injury Jordan Staal suffered during Game 1 of last season's Eastern Conference semi-finals is still keeping him from a game-ready return for this season.  The Penguins announced today that Staal will miss the beginning of training camp set for September 18th. 

“Jordan’s setback with his foot held him back from a training standpoint and it prevented him from getting his foot into a skate and doing some of the activities in the summer time that you would like,” head coach Dan Bylsma said. “The good thing is that there is time to do the appropriate thing – which is to take time and get the foot healed up properly before we move towards getting him into a skate.”
Despite this minor setback, the Penguins remain optimistic that Staal will be ready for the regular season beginning October 7th at the new CONSOL Energy Center against the Philadelphia Flyers.

“The fact that Jordan came back and played with this injury during the playoffs is a testament to his toughness and competitiveness,” Shero said. “He has experienced some setbacks due to infection, but is now on the road to recovery. We believe he’ll be ready for the start of the regular season in October.”

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