The defenseman, who has been riding a stationary bike following a month-long shutdown in an attempt to relieve headaches and concussion symptoms, flew to Florida with the club, according to Jim Cerny, who writes for the team website and travels with the team.
Not a bad sign for Staal, who is on IR and hasn't played this season, because the club has steadfastly refused to provide updates until he is closer to being healthy enough to return. It appears to indicate that he hasn't had any problems after light exercise.
I can't imagine that he will be practicing; he could possibly skate on his own eventually, under the watchful eye of the docs and trainers, but...
Wojtek Wolski and Mike Rupp, who also are on IR following sports hernia and knee surgery, respectively, are also with the team, who face the Panthers tomorrow.
Wolski and Rupp aren't expected back for several weeks; I also suspect the team wants to have a Thanksgiving meal together before the visit the Caps on Friday