Staal notched an assist over 18:40 of ice time in Sunday's road loss to Anaheim. The point snapped a six-game drought during which Staal put just four shots on goal, which is pretty illustrative of his fantasy value. A heavy hitter with offensive upside in his youth, Staal has never quite been the same player since his brother Eric gave him a concussion on a big hit in 2011; this year, he has just 10 points and 81 hits in 67 games, leaving him off the fantasy radar in the vast majority of formats.
Staal (illness) will be in the lineup Tuesday to take on the Ducks, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports. Despite missing Monday's practice, the stay-at-home defenseman will be back in his familiar position on the left side of the Rangers' second pairing for Tuesday's tilt. With just 6 points in 43 games this season, Staal is not a reliable fantasy option.
Staal was absent from Monday's practice due to an illness. Staal should probably be considered questionable against the Ducks on Tuesday given his flu symptoms. The 29-year-old has never been a prolific scorer -- three goals and three assists this season -- with his value coming more as a shutdown defender than anything else. While this makes him hard to replace on the ice, an extended absence is much easier to overcome in fantasy formats. If the Thunder Bay native can't give it a go versus Anaheim, look for Adam Clendening to slot into the Rangers' third pairing.
Staal (concussion) is expected to rejoin the lineup Tuesday against the Blue Jackets, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports. Staal's concussion issues have kept the veteran blueliner sidelined since early January, but his return to the lineup appears imminent. Even if it arrives Tuesday, his six points over 40 contests keep the blueliner largely off the radar in most fantasy formats. He does add a bit of value in leagues that tally blocked shots (55), however.
Staal (concussion) has been cleared to take contact in practice but won't practice Tuesday or play Wednesday. Staal remains without a definitive timetable for return, but the news suggests he could return as soon as next Tuesday against the Blue Jackets. The team should continue to update his status as the week progresses, but his clearance for contact is definitely a step in the right direction.
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