Penguins center Jordan Staal
will undergo surgery tomorrow to repair a fractured right hand and could miss up to six weeks, it was announced by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Staal suffered the injury when he was hit with a puck in practice.
The 22-year-old native of Thunder Bay, Ontario was a finalist for the Selke Trophy last season as the NHL's top defensive forward. He has yet to play this season because of a foot infection stemming from off-season surgery. Staal suffered a severed tendon in his foot during the 2010 playoffs against Montreal. He was close to returning to the lineup after skating with the team at practice for the past two weeks.
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