During the Pens' 6-3 win over Montreal last night, Jordan Staal injured his right leg after an undercut by P.K. Subban near the midpoint of the second period and did not return. And early word is that the news is not good on the team's third-leading regular season scorer, who already underwent surgery on Friday night to repair a severed tendon that runs across the top of his foot to his toe.
Reports vary on the length of time that Staal will be out; coach Dan Bylsma told reporters at the morning skate on Saturday that Staal was day-to-day, TSN's Bob McKenzie says Staal could be back in the third round, if not sooner, and other reports have him missing the rest of the postseason. Basically, it looks like the hockey media doesn't honestly have any clue as to the length of the injury and is changing their story on a regular basis.
Whatever the case, the guy is obviously hurt on some level, and that's going to make life a little tougher for the Pens, as you would expect when losing a Selke Trophy nominee for an undetermined length of time. It's now in the hands of Bylsma to re-assemble the celebrated third line, which is also dealing with a leg injury to Tyler Kennedy, and that's no small task.
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