Pittsburgh Penguins: What Jordan Staal’s Return Will Mean For The Team

December 4th, 2010 by Laura Falcon Leave a reply »
With Pittsburgh Penguins center and penalty killer extraordinaire Jordan Staal's return from injury looming, the team will face some major changes, some good and some unfortunate.

After undergoing surgery to repair a severed tendon in his foot, Staal fought through a grueling rehab and experienced setbacks in the process. A day before his season debut, Staal was on the receiving end of a slap shot during practice.

He was immediately sent back to the injured list with a fractured hand, to his frustration.

Staal is now only games away from his return to the squad, but his return poses some problems to the Pens' lineup.

Who will be the odd player out?

By no means is this considered a real problem, but it doesn't make the decision any easier for the Pens' coaching staff. With their recent record of 9-0-1, few coaches would want to make any changes.

However, leaving a healthy Staal out of the lineup is out of the question given all that he has done for the team.

Staal was a pleasant surprise during his first training camp in the summer of 2006, and he was awarded a roster spot despite many urging he be s ...

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