NHL: Jordan Staal, Chris Pronger, and Other Important Summer Surgeries

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NHL: Jordan Staal, Chris Pronger, and Other Important Summer Surgeries
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Pronger skating with teammates during the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup play-offs

We are starting to get close to that time when players start to report to their respective teams for the opening of NHL training camps.

While most have had the summer to relax, see friends and family, travel (while continuing to work out), and keep in shape there are more than a few that have spent this past offseason working hard rehabilitating from summer surgeries.

At the time of writing this article, there were many players who were either injured and required offseason surgery as well as another handful of players who are attempting to come back from long-term injuries.

The quality of players available on this list would be able to assist any team in the NHL and will likely impact their respective teams should they require more IR time. Overall, it seems that mostly everyone is getting healthy earlier than expected, that has to be good news for their respected teams.

Every season It becomes a fact of NHL life, that at some point you're going to require some surgery whether its elective or due to major injury.

Let's not forget some players like Minnesota Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard who is finally symptom free from the effects of a concussion suffered over a year ago. Also players like David Booth from Florida and his ongoing recovery.

Booth is expected to be healthy at the start season. However, a concussion that former Blackhawk Kim Johnsson suffered last season are still plaguing him.

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