's return to action for the Pittsburgh Penguins
is on hold for the moment.
Staal practiced Monday with the Penguins, taking line rushes as the No. 2 center, but his practice -- and comeback attempt -- came to a grinding halt when he suffered what coach Dan Bylsma
called an upper-body injury. Staal left practice 45 minutes early.
After practice, Bylsma said Staal's latest injury was being evaluated. The center has not played this season after his surgically repaired foot was not deemed ready for the start of the season.
"It's disappointing on a couple levels," Bylsma said after practice. "But mostly it's personal for Jordan, because he’s had a difficult offseason and training camp. And then to get to the point where you're looking to coming back to play and possibly having to deal with another injury is disappointing."
Forward Evgeni Malkin
and defenseman Kris Letang
missed Monday's practice completely and Bylsma said both were day-to-day.