The Pittsburgh Penguins won't know for sure until Monday, but it looks as though Jordan Staal has suffered a setback in his return from a broken hand.
A report on www.insidepittsburghsports.com on Friday said X-rays had revealed another broken bone in Staal's hand but Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma denied that on Friday saying there was some "calcification" issues.
"Jordan continues to progress in the timeline we had before," Bylsma told Pittsburgh's Tribune Review on Friday. "He'll keep rehabbing on his current course."
Now, however, it's apparently possible Staal has re-broken the bone in the hand, or suffered some type of setback, although definitive word on that and the prognosis/timeline won't come down until Monday.
It's been a tough stretch for Staal in 2010. In last season's playoffs, Staal suffered a sliced tendon in the Penguins' quarterfinal series against the Montreal Canadiens. That required two surgeries to remedy before an infection caused him to miss training camp and the start of the season.
In early November, Staal broke his hand in practice and has yet to play a game this season.