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09-16-2010, 11:58 AM
Penguins Staal Expected to Miss Start of Regular Season
Thursday, 09.16.2010 / 9:00 AM / News
Pittsburgh Penguins
Penguins center Jordan Staal is expected to miss the start of the regular season following a procedure this week to cure an infection in his foot, the team announced today.

Staal’s recovery period is expected to be 5-6 weeks. The Penguins open the regular season Oct. 7 against Philadelphia.

Staal originally suffered a lacerated tendon in his foot in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Montreal. The tendon was repaired by off-season surgery.

“Jordan developed a post-op infection in his foot, and it can require several procedures to ensure that all infected tissues are removed,” said Dr. Charles Burke, the Penguins’ team physician.

“Jordan was bothered by a localized recurrent infection in the tissue area near the tendon repair. This has required treatment with both antibiotics and several repeat debridements (clean-outs) to remove infected tissue. We are confident the situation has been resolved.”

The Penguins report to training camp Friday and hit the ice for their first practice session Saturday at CONSOL Energy Center.

“The most important thing for us now is that the infection has been addressed and Jordan is on the road to recovery,” said Penguins general manager Ray Shero. “While we know he is disappointed that he will miss the start of the season, he will now be able to make a full recovery and get back on the ice early in the season.”


:frown: I feel for him. Getting an infection like that cleaned out over several sessions is painful as hell. Hope he has a speedy recovery and is back ASAP.

09-16-2010, 01:53 PM
Penguins Adjust with Staal Expected to Miss Start of Regular Season
Thursday, 09.16.2010 / 9:27 AM / Features
By Sam Kasan
The Penguins suffered an early loss before even lacing up their skates for their 2010 training camp. Center Jordan Staal, who has missed only one regular-season game in his four-year career, will not be available when Pittsburgh opens the season Oct. 7 against Philadelphia.

Staal had a procedure this week to cure an infection in his foot and the recovery period is expected to be 5-6 weeks.

Staal originally suffered a lacerated tendon in his foot in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Montreal. The tendon was repaired with offseason surgery, but developed a post-op infection.

"The original injury is intact, everything is fine there and healed," general manager Ray Shero said. "This infection that keeps reoccuring is the problem. Hopefully this is the end of it and he's on his way to recovery."

Losing Staal is a huge loss to the Penguins, and the team will have to make some early adjustments to fill the void.

“We were hoping (he’d be ready) for the start of the season; it looks like now that won’t be the case,” Bylsma said. “It’s a major adjustment. But with the depth that we’ve added this summer, players like Mike Comrie, a guy that can play both wing and center, we have good options to fill some of what Jordan would bring.”

“We anticipated Jordan missing part of camp,” Shero said. “With this news, it just provides some players more of a chance to prove themselves during training camp.”

The Chinese proverb states: “with crisis comes opportunity.” Entering training camp many Penguins will have an opportunity to step up in Staal’s absence.

“The interesting part is that for the amount of time that Jordan will be away, there is going to be a month-long competition for the role that he filled,” Bylsma said. “There will be a lot of players that will have a chance to fight for that role, be it Mark Letestu, Nick Johnson, Ryan Craig, Brett Sterling, Tim Wallace. It’s not about one player getting called up. We’re going to see five, six, seven guys competing here in the next month for the opportunity that’s been created. There will be a good dose of competition for that spot and that time on the ice that Jordan will be filling for a few games.”

"Every player that comes to camp, whether you're young or a veteran player trying to make the team, you want to make an impact in training camp," Shero said. "The onus goes to them. There is opportunity."

Losing one of the team’s pillar centers will cause a ripple effect throughout the lineup, particularly for Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin. Bylsma and his coaching staff have entertained the idea of moving Malkin, a natural center, to wing on a line with Staal.

“There is still a real possibility that (Malkin will) play wing and we’ll do some experimenting with that at training camp right from the first exhibition game,” Bylsma said. “We’ll see how that plays out. We’ll see what ‘Geno’ thinks about the possibility of playing both positions. That will be worked out at training camp. The combinations will be worked out at training camp. Still, this probably doesn’t change that decision too much for me.”

Though no one can replace Staal and his defensive prowess, the team will have to make adjustments to fill his role. The Penguins are losing their best defensive forward, a Selke Trophy nominee, and best penalty killer.

“In terms of his defensive aspects, that’s probably the biggest thing we’ll miss,” Bylsma said. “In terms of the penalty kill, Jordan’s the first guy over the boards. He’s out there two or three times on the penalty kill and that has to be replaced. That’s probably the biggest area left vacant by Jordan in the short time period that he’ll be away from us.

“There are guys that will have an opportunity to take some of that ice time. We’ve had strong penalty killing forwards in the past with (Craig) Adams, (Maxime) Talbot, (Pascal) Dupuis and Matt Cooke, and Sidney Crosby played a bigger role in that last year. We have players that are capable. They’ll have that opportunity in camp.”

The Penguins have dealt with many injuries to star players in the past few seasons. And, thanks Shero, the team has strong enough depth to handle such injuries.

“As the summer unfolded and you saw more players sign, you think that possibly guys are being pushed down the depth chart,” Bylsma said. “But really we understand that over the course of the season you’ll have some injuries. You understand that there’s going to be a need for depth in the organization. We’re seeing that with this particular injury.”


09-16-2010, 03:35 PM
this sucks.

09-16-2010, 04:16 PM
I'm sad. I love what Jordan brings to the team.

Just hope they get his foot healed up and back on the ice as soon as possible.

10-01-2010, 04:35 PM
Jordan Staal Addresses The Media

Thursday, 09.30.2010 / 11:40 AM / Features (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/newsindex.htm?location=%2Ffeatures)
By Jason Seidling
The Takeaway:

Penguins center Jordan Staal (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473533) spoke to the media for the first time since undergoing a surgical procedure to cure an infection in his foot
There is no timetable for his return
Staal said there is no pain and he is getting healthier
Staal hopes to resume work outs next week, but is still some time away from skating
Staal's teammates have been supportive throughout the process

Penguins center Jordan Staal (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473533) spoke to reporters on Thursday at the Iceoplex at Southpointe for the first time since the team announced he would miss the beginning of the regular season following a procedure to cure an infection in his foot.

http://cdn.nhl.com/penguins/images/upload/2010/09/9-30staalinterview-a.jpg Jordan Staal (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473533) addressing reporters at Southpointe
http://cdn.nhl.com/penguins/images/upload/2010/08/thumb_1282273156681_694372.jpg Watch Jordan Staal's Media Scrum (http://video.penguins.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=19&id=76839)
Staal originally suffered a lacerated tendon injury on his foot during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals when he was accidently stepped on by Montreal’s P.K. Subban during a battle for a loose puck. The next day, Staal underwent a procedure to repair the tendon, forcing him to miss Games 2 and 3, before he made a dramatic return in Game 4.

The infection did not develop until after a follow-up procedure in June.

While Staal is still not sure when he will be able return to the lineup, he did give an encouraging report when he talked about no longer experiencing any swelling or feeling any pain in the foot.

“There’s nothing really, no pain at all, so it’s just a matter of getting the incision closed and getting into a skate,” Staal.

As far as the infection itself, Staal said it came as a surprise to him because he initially felt really good after he had the second procedure done.

“Basically, I just had that second procedure and it felt good,” Staal said. “But towards the end it had an infection, and it’s just been ongoing ever since. I’m just trying to clear it up and it’s been frustrating ever since. I think right now it feels really good and it’s heading in the right direction.”

Although Staal is heading in the right direction, when he will be able to get his foot into a skate is a question even he still can’t answer definitively. He hopes that it will occur sometime in the next few weeks, but right now he is more concerned about being able to resume his workouts, which he expects will happen by next week.

“I’m hopefully starting to work out next week getting my legs back into shape,” Staal said. “It’s kind of withered away a little bit, so I’m hoping to get back into shape as soon as possible.

“It’s not going to be easy. I didn’t have much working out going on this summer, and the way my body is right now, I have to get into shape pretty quickly. It’s not going to be too easy, but hopefully I can do it quick.”

After practice, head coach Dan Bylsma reiterated his stance from two weeks ago, and echoed Staal’s words, by saying the team has no plans to rush Staal back.

“There is not a timetable right now … He’s getting healthy, he’s getting better,” Bylsma said. “He’s on the road (to recovery), and when he gets to the next step we’ll see him get on the ice. We haven’t put a timetable on it. We’re just making sure he’s going to heal and get better before he gets to the next step.”

Staal promised that he expects to be as close to his old self as he can when he returns, but he did admit that having a setback like he did is tough on a guy whose streak of 302-consecutive regular-season appearances will end when he misses the season opener against the Philadelphia Flyers on Oct. 7 – especially knowing that game will be the first-ever regular-season contest at CONSOL Energy Center.

“It’s frustrating for any player going through this kind of thing,” Staal lamented. “Again, it’s the first bump in my career and I’m sure everyone goes through it. I’ll get through.

“(Missing the first game) definitely hit me hard. The arena’s pretty special and obviously to play the first game would have been a pretty special feeling, but it comes with the territory playing hockey. You find injuries every now and then.”

It’s helped Staal’s recovery that his teammates have been there for last season’s Selke Trophy finalist throughout his ordeal, although Staal has tried to stay in the background as often as he can to prevent being a distraction with reporters consistently asking his teammates about his absence.

“I’ve just been sitting at home relaxing, but I’ve had a few conversations here and there coming in and talking to the guys and coaches,” Staal said. “But it’s mostly just been relaxing and keeping my foot up.”

Bylsma said that keeping Staal away was also good for the 22-year-old’s psyche, because in the grand scheme of things, the number of games Staal misses is irrelevant to his coming back at full strength when that return does occur.

“When you’re reminded of the fact that you’re not at training camp, you see it at practice, you see it on the news and you see it at exhibition games – it’s tough to deal with it,” Bylsma said. “The big picture is that he will get better and he’s going to get back on the ice. It’s going to happen for him, and he may get 75, 70 games. He may get 68 and this will be a blip in his season and not as big of a deal for him.”

Read all of Staal's comments at today's Penguins Report (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=539084). Keep checking PittsburghPenguins.com later today for more Staal reaction.


A Mans Part
10-01-2010, 11:51 PM
hopefully he's back for the playoffs.. when it really matters.

Fire Haley
10-02-2010, 11:18 AM
OUT for 2 months?

that sucks

Penguins star center Staal 'not close' to playing shape

Staal confirmed what everyone already knew during his first meeting with the media since May, explaining that an infection in his right foot will leave him out of action indefinitely.

Some reports have Staal not returning until December, and even he admits that pinpointing a date for his return is impossible.

"I'm not really sure," Staal said. "There's been a lot of ups and downs with this foot. I can't really put a finger on when I'll be back."


10-02-2010, 02:00 PM
Yeah, I knew he would eventually run into an injury problem, but this one sucks. I just hope he takes care of that foot and gets back ASAP!

Fire Haley
10-05-2010, 09:30 AM
I guess we'll see how much game Comrie has left in him.

And on defense if Martin and Michalek can make us forget Gonchar.

You wanna see suck?



10-05-2010, 09:41 AM
I guess we'll see how much game Comrie has left in him.

And on defense if Martin and Michalek can make us forget Gonchar.

You wanna see suck?



Yeah, I know...that's a horrid image that burns through my retinas. Thankfully we won't have to see him in prison orange during the season, they released him. Hope he finds work with a non-douchey team though.

Fire Haley
10-05-2010, 12:11 PM
Yeah - I saw they released him - just skate off slowly into the sunset and retire Billy.