Pens' Staal to miss start of season

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, Last Updated: 12:12 PM ET

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins centre Jordan Staal is expected to miss the start of the regular season because of an infection in his left foot.

The team said Staal will likely be sidelined for the next 5-6 weeks.

Staal suffered a lacerated tendon in his foot during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Montreal. He underwent surgery and returned for Game 4 of the series, but the area developed an infection during the offseason.

"Jordan developed a post-op infection in his foot, and it can require several procedures to ensure that all infected tissues are removed," said Penguins team physician Dr. Charles Burke.

"Jordan was bothered by a localized recurrent infection in the tissue area near the tendon repair. This has required treatment with both antibiotics and several repeat debridements (clean-outs) to remove infected tissue. We are confident the situation has been resolved."

The Penguins are set to open the regular season on October 7 against Philadelphia.

"The most important thing for us now is that the infection has been addressed and Jordan is on the road to recovery," said Penguins general manager Ray Shero. "While we know he is disappointed that he will miss the start of the season, he will now be able to make a full recovery and get back on the ice early in the season."

Staal has played in all but one game in his four-year career with Pittsburgh and last season notched 21 goals with 28 assists for 49 points and was the team's leader with a plus-19 rating.


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