Penguins center Jordan Staal
skated on the CONSOL Energy Center ice Wednesday morning with strength coach Mike Kadar.
Staal has been out of the lineup and on the injured-non roster list after having a procedure to cure an infection in his foot.
"It was really nice," said Staal, who skated for the first time Monday in New Jersey. "It feels good mentally and for the body to get out there, get on the skates and get moving again.
"I didn’t run into any problems. Hopefully, I can get on the ice everyday and getting back into the swing of things."
Staal has been working out and hitting the ice was the next major step towards his recovery.
"If you’ve spent a little bit of time with him throughout this thing at all, there have been some ups and downs and setbacks," head coach Dan Bylsma said. "So it definitely gives him a lift in his mindset here to get back on the ice and feel like he’s on the road to recovery. There’s been a jump in his step now that he’s back on the ice."
While skating is a major step for Staal to get back into the lineup, he knows that it is still too early set any return dates.
"I never really had a timetable," he said. "We never decided on a date. It’s very hard to tell right now. I’m just trying to get comfortable out there and get the feel back of skating."
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. He hasn't skated all summer and has to get back into season conditioning.
"Getting in shape, I haven’t done a whole lot throughout the summer," Staal said. "My right leg is not as strong as my left. I’m trying to get my balance back and getting the right leg a lot stronger and quicker.
"A lot of guys skated in the summer and a month before training camp. I can’t tell how I’m going to be out there. I’m feeling really good and happy to be out there. It was a long summer and I’m feeling good about where things are heading right now."