Injured Pittsburgh Penguins centre Jordan Staal took part in his team’s optional workout this morning at the Bell Centre, one day after having skated briefly in sweats. He was injured in Game 1 of this series, the top of his foot having been slashed by the skate of Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban, something that required surgery immediately after the game.
Staal, one of the big presences on the Penguins penalty kill and an important part of their overall plans, looked good with gusts to very good during the optional, which involved about a dozen skaters and two goalies (but not Marc-André Fleury).
Head coach Dan Bylsma wouldn’t commit to a time frame for Staal’s return, but the centreman did look good and Bylsma made special mention of a couple of quick-burst plays through the defence that Staal made in four-on-four drills.
Re: the audio linked above: listen particularly to the last bit of Crosby – good stuff to a question from CTV’s Paul Graif