Don't expect him back before mid November. That's just my opinion at least. He hasn't even started TRAINING yet, let alone skating and participating in drills! Even after the injury full heals, he's gonna need at least a good 2-3 weeks of training in order to get remotely close to game shape. Keep in mind he's had to remain relatively sedentary since last June, so I doubt he's in the best of shape at the moment.
I'm expecting him back more for December.
I believe he will be playing a few games in WBS, adding at least a week after he gets cleared to play.
A little bit of good news concerning Jordan Staal. He's finally back on the ice.
Jordan Staal Skates
Wednesday, 10.13.2010 / 9:21 AM / Features
By Sam Kasan
Penguins center Jordan Staal skated on the CONSOL Energy Center ice Wednesday morning with strength coach Mike Kadar.
Jordan Staal skating at CONSOL Energy Center
Staal has been out of the lineup and on the injured-non roster list after having a procedure to cure an infection in his foot.
Staal has been working out and hitting the ice was the next major step towards his recovery.
Staal originally suffered a lacerated tendon injury on his foot during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals when he was accidently stepped on by Montrealís P.K. Subban during a battle for a loose puck. The next day, Staal underwent a procedure to repair the tendon, forcing him to miss Games 2 and 3, before he made a dramatic return in Game 4.
The infection did not develop until after a follow-up procedure in June.