PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jordan Staal, expected to return this week after missing 12 games with an infection in his right foot, needs surgery to repair a broken right hand and will be out for up to six weeks.
Staal, who planned to make his season debut Wednesday at Dallas, was practicing on the No. 2 line with Tyler Kennedy and Mike Comrie on Monday when he grimaced in pain after being struck by a puck. He was favoring his right hand as he left the ice, as his teammates tapped their sticks on the ice - hockey's traditional show of respect.
Staal, obviously upset at being hurt again so close to his planned return, slammed a door in disgust as he walked toward the dressing room at the team's practice rink.
Staal, one of the NHL's best two-way forwards, could not work out during the offseason and missed training camp after developing multiple infections in a foot that was cut during the Stanley Cup playoffs last spring. He resumed skating Oct. 11, but coach Dan Bylsma said he needed considerable ice time to get back into game shape.
Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin, who sat out a 3-0 victory at Carolina on Saturday, also didn't practice Monday. His status for a three-game road trip to Dallas, Phoenix and Anaheim is uncertain. Defenseman Kris Letang also is listed as day to day after leaving the Carolina game with an undisclosed injury.
Under the NHL's injury policy, teams are not required to fully disclose the nature of injuries.