Carolina Hurricanes veteran forward Jordan Staal returned to practice Thursday after a long absence, the team announced.Staal practiced with the team for the first time since December and could return to Carolina’s lineup soon. He wore a yellow non-contact jersey during the practice session.
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Seeing him out there for the first time in a long time was great,” Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind’Amour told the team’s official website. “We’ve missed him, but we’ve managed to hang around. Hopefully we get him back soon because we need him.”
Staal suffered a concussion against the San Jose Sharks on Dec. 5 and sat out the Hurricanes’ next three contests. The 30-year-old center returned for games against the Detroit Red Wings on Dec. 20 and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Dec. 22 before being sidelined indefinitely. In the end, it’s obviously about feeling good and feeling back to yourself. I feel like I’ve hit that point,” Staal said. “In the last two weeks, I’ve been feeling a lot better, having energy throughout the day and building off that.