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Earlier reports claimed Jordan Staal was out for the year after having surgery on a tendon.

Now this from a tweet from Elliotte Friedman,

I’m laughing as I write this, but Bylsma says Staal is day-to-day.

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No RDS is Just Laughable !! EKTARD Like

Posted by Evilpens on 05/01/10 at 02:27 PM ET



That is the OFFICIAL Pens release

Posted by Evilpens on 05/01/10 at 02:27 PM ET


The thought of him returning any time soon from a lacerated tendon in his foot is absurd.  A month, month and a half for the finals?  That seems the only (and still optimistic) hope.  At least the Pens can still likely get by Montreal, and probably even Boston or Philly, without him. 

It kind of amazes me that there aren’t more injuries of this nature with the way the game is played, all the speed and hitting and wild collisions.

Posted by nosferatu from oh on 05/01/10 at 02:39 PM ET

Flashtastick56's avatar

I’m not a doctor or anything…but would the fact that he had the surgery IMMEDIATELY and not waited until at least this morning say something about the severity of the injury?

I mean, it could either be a good sign or a bad sign, right?  Either he went in so quickly in hopes of getting it repaired as soon as he could so he’d have a chance to make it back in a month - if the Pens are still playing - or it was such a bad tendon injury that he needed the go under the knife right away to get it fixed.

Am I onto something or just swinging wildly in the dark?  Haha.

Posted by Flashtastick56 from Meriden, CT on 05/01/10 at 03:16 PM ET

Lindas1st's avatar

Still *#$%@&!!

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 05/01/10 at 03:22 PM ET

Tony's avatar

Sorry I didn’t update my post… Family in town, yadda, yadda….

Posted by Tony from Virginia Beach, VA on 05/01/10 at 03:51 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Heck Tony, the way this is going, your report may be right.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/01/10 at 04:15 PM ET


Bylsma has denied all reports of Staal being out for the playoffs, and re-iterated that he’s day to day.

Penguins center Jordan Staal has undergone what coach Dan Bylsma described as a “procedure” to repair a severed tendon in his right foot.

Bylsma said he is listed as “day-to-day” and pointedly denied reports that Staal is out for the season.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10121/1054885-100.stm#ixzz0mhgobQ6U

It’s possible that if the tendon heals (and they heal relatively quickly) he won’t gain full mobility of his toes, but that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t be able to play.  In a non-skating game it wouldn’t look good for his return, but as long as the incision and the tendon heal he can likely deal with a lack of mobility in his toes and be able to skate just fine.

Posted by HNBCTB on 05/01/10 at 04:29 PM ET


immediate surgery implies that there’s a chance for him to come back.  if it was season ending, they let the injury stabilize and then do the surgery with time to rest & rehab for a next-season return.  the only reasons to go into a surgery that quickly was if it was career threatening(which you don’t describe as “day to day”) or if there was a chance for him to make it back in time for the finals.

Posted by rico from LA on 05/01/10 at 05:49 PM ET

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Posted by rico from LA on 05/01/10 at 03:49 PM ET

“Back off, man.  I’m a scientist.”

Seriously, though…that’s what I was thinking, too.  Why would he have the “procedure” done so quickly if there wasn’t a chance he could play again this year?

Posted by Flashtastick56 from Meriden, CT on 05/01/10 at 06:07 PM ET


I guess this statement is like the one made by the Biblical Creationists…“a day is the same as a thousand hours”...or something like that.


Posted by DG from Alliston, ON on 05/01/10 at 07:35 PM ET


If Freddy Fu repaired his tendon it’s probably the end of his career.  (I used to live in Pittsburgh)  The truth is, after the swelling goes down he could be back on the ice with an apparatus in less than 2 weeks.  It’s in a critical place, granted, but it’s doable.  The question is would you want an injured Staal in there who can’t skate at full capacity or a fresh Tangradi or Jeffrey?  Give them a shot and see what happens…better than dressing Godard.

Posted by stoneman from vegas on 05/01/10 at 10:31 PM ET

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That sucks for the Penguins, especially for their PK.  I hope for your guys’ sake that the shortbus zebras that have been inflating offensive stats by calling 10+ penalties per game stay away (preferably in the Haks-Nucks series).

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 05/01/10 at 11:55 PM ET


If Freddy Fu repaired his tendon it’s probably the end of his career.

(emphasis mine)

Whose career did he end?


Posted by DG from Alliston, ON on 05/02/10 at 05:35 PM ET

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