Jordan Staal has yet to play a game this regular season due to a broken leg suffered in September, but there was a promising sign for him and the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.
According to the Raleigh News & Observer, the 26-year-old Staal skated on Saturday for the first time since suffering the injury on Sept. 23, however the report, citing head coach Bill Peters, stated there is no timetable for when the towering center will rejoin his teammates for practice.
“It was tough,” Staal told the Raleigh News & Observer. “If you think about it not many players don’t go through injuries throughout their career. It happens but it has been frustrating.
“It was nice to get out there again and put on the skates and go for a little stroll. Hopefully it gets a little more intense from now on. There’s still some pain every once in a while and a few different things. From now it’s just trying to get comfortable skating and getting stronger. Start full practices and go from there. Today it felt great.”
Staal underwent surgery toward the end of September, with the expected recovery time to be three to four months.
Last season, his second full season with Carolina, Staal scored 15 goals and 40 points in 82 games.