Pittsburgh Penguins Shouldn’t Rush Jordan Staal Back

December 27th, 2010 by mad chad Leave a reply »
Up until this year Pittsburgh Penguins center Jordan Staal had never missed a game. He was well on his way to being considered an "Iron Man" in one of the world's toughest sports. So far, the 2010 NHL regular season has been a season to forget for Staal, who has yet to play a game.

Staal has been very unlucky this year with injuries. In the playoffs last season, Staal had a tendon in his foot sliced and afterwards needed surgery to repair it in the offseason. Staal then caught an infection from the surgery, which caused him to get more procedures done on the foot, and delayed his return to the lineup.

Staal was finally set to rejoin the team in early December but broke his left hand during a practice. Again, that's very unlucky. Staal has to be in a very weird place mentally. Despite his absence, the Pens have been playing great and even won 12 games in a row. Also the Pens have managed to have the No. 1-ranked penalty kill in the NHL without Staal, which is where he made his name as a player in his career.

Staal is one of the best defensive forwards in the NHL and was even nominated for the Selke Trophy, which is given to the top defensive forwa ...

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