Despite two surgeries in a short period of time, Jordan Staal is still bothered by foot injury

1 Comment

staalbummedout.jpgWhile his brother Marc’s contract situation is more of a metaphorical pain in a metaphorical body part to the New York Rangers, Jordan Staal’s aches are a little more tangible for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He had a second surgery on his foot in June after going under the knife during the playoffs, but the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the lanky forward is facing a “few setbacks” in his recovery.

Penguins general manager Ray Shero said today that key forward Jordan Staal has had “a few setbacks” with his right foot and should find out next week following a medical re-evaluation whether he will be ready for the start of training camp next month.

Shero stressed that the tendon on the top of Staal’s foot that was cut April 30 is strong but that there are other issues keeping Staal from being at full force. Staal had surgery that night and again in June.

The Selke Trophy candidate is an important cog in the Penguins’ machine, even if he hasn’t hit the kind of offensive numbers some hoped for when he was the second overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft (ahead of Jonathan Toews and Nicklas Backstrom … oops). If Staal misses some regular season games or is hampered by the injury, it will put even more pressure on Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to carry the offense.

As any self respecting pee wee football coach may ponder, it’s reasonable to play hurt, but Staal played injured. It’s a common act by many hockey players, but it seems like he’s paying the price that comes with not allowing his surgically repaired foot to heal.

We’ll keep you up to date when we hear more about the injury rehab situations for Staal and many other players as the summer days rapidly give way to the return of hockey in the fall.

Avs unveil new third jerseys

Avs Jerseys

The Avalanche will be throwing a bunch of different looks at us this season.

Having already released specialized “Mile High” jerseys for February’s Stadium Series game, the Avs unveiled new third sweaters on Friday — less than 24 hours after a bitter 5-4 home loss to Minnesota in their season opener.

(Guess Colorado wanted to send out some good vibes after blowing a 4-1 third-period lead.)

While undoubtedly exciting for the organization, the release of these new thirds isn’t taking anybody by surprise. Last month, several websites published leaked images of Colorado’s and Anaheim’s third jerseys, so the design has been in the public eye for several weeks.

The Avs will debut these new thirds on Oct. 24, in a Saturday night tilt against Columbus.

Related: Roy explains why he didn’t call time out

Report: Escrow set at 16 percent

Gary Bettman, Donald Fehr
1 Comment

Hey, remember in June when the NHLPA voted to keep the five-percent growth factor in spite of increasing worries about escrow?

Well, here’s why that decision was a significant one, via TSN’s Frank Seravalli:

With early revenue projections in place, the NHL and NHLPA set the escrow withholding rate for players at 16 per cent for the first quarter of the season on Thursday.

That means every player will have 16 per cent of earnings deducted from their paycheque and put aside until after all of this season’s hockey-related revenue is counted to ensure a perfect 50-50 revenue split with owners.

Now, this doesn’t mean that the players will definitely lose 16 percent of their salaries. Typically, they receive refunds when all the accounting is done.

Still, 16 percent is a good-sized chunk to withhold. They won’t be thrilled about it.

Related: To understand escrow, consider Duncan Keith