by Maureen L.
TSCSF Contributing Writer
It was reported by the Penguins that Jordan Staal skated on the CONSOL Energy Center ice this morning. He was joined by Penguins strength coach Mike Kadar. While he is far from game ready after being unable to skate or work out during the off-season, the fact that Staal is able to skate is a great sign for the Penguins.
With 3 games played of the 10-11 season, Staal’s absence is still noteworthy. Not only has it delayed off-season plans to move Staal to center the second line and Malkin to wing, but the Penguin’s depth just isn’t quite the same as we’ve come to expect. The third line, called the best third line in hockey last year, is generic. It’s not bad, it’s just generic. There isn’t anything that makes that third line stand out and give the opposition’s defense a hard time.
It will definitely add depth and strength to the Penguins lineup when Number 11 is ready to return to the ice. Hopefully Penguin fans don’t take him for granted as much now.