Pens' Staal to have hand surgery

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PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jordan Staal suffered a broken right hand in practice that will keep him out for up to six weeks, the team announced on Monday.

Staal, who has not played this season due to a foot infection, was hit by a puck in Monday's practice and will have surgery on Tuesday. He was expected to return to the lineup this week after missing the club's first 12 games of the season. The Penguins are 6-5-1 for 13 points in the early going.

The 22-year-old suffered a lacerated tendon in his foot during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Montreal last year. He underwent surgery and returned for Game 4 of the series, but the area developed an infection during the offseason.

A native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Staal tallied 21 goals and 28 assists in 82 games during the 2009-10 campaign.


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