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Pens' Staal not ready yet, but hopeful for opener

Thursday, 09.02.2010 / 1:12 PM / 2010 Offseason News

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Pens' Staal not ready yet, but hopeful for opener
Pittsburgh Penguins center Jordan Staal will miss the beginning of the team's training camp with a foot injury, but should be ready to go to open the regular season on Oct. 7, Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero announced Thursday.

"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."

Staal, a first-time Selke Trophy finalist last season after finishing with 21 goals, 49 points, 121 hits and 41 takeaways, suffered a lacerated tendon in his foot in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Montreal Canadiens on April 30. His recovery was delayed when the area developed an infection, but the setback should not affect his readiness for the beginning of the 2010-11 regular season.

Even after initially suffering the injury, the 21-year-old Staal returned to the lineup six days later for Game 4 and played for the rest of the series, one the Penguins would lose in seven games.

Staal has missed just one regular-season game -- in his rookie season -- in four seasons with Pittsburgh.
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