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Rangers' Staal has post-concussion issues

Posted on: September 18, 2011 3:01 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2011 4:36 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

Training camps just opened and already the Rangers have a little concern within their defensive corps.

Marc Staal, one of the alternate captains behind Ryan Callahan, sat out the team's intrasquad scrimmage on Sunday and is going to miss the first three preseason games -- at least -- because of post-concussion symptoms.

The team stressed, however, that it is completely precautionary and Staal has already been cleared.

"[Staal] skated hard today and yesterday ... I saw him before he left and he is feeling good. Just want to be smart about this."

The hit that likely caused the concussion came from none other than Staal's brother Erik of the Hurricanes back in Februrary of last season, missing three games but then playing the remainder of the season, including the playoffs.

Staal reportedly began suffering the symptoms during the summer, explaining the early shutdown just days into camp opening.

Post-concussion symptoms are becoming a hotter topic day by day as they have been responsible for sidelining Penguins star Sidney Crosby the last nine months.

Staal has become a big part of the Rangers' back end. Last season the 24-year-old scored seven goals -- four on the power play, two more short-handed -- and had 22 assists. All told, he avearaged more than 25 minutes a game on the ice.

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Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2011 8:28 pm
 

Rangers' Staal has post-concussion issues

I know you play hard and all. But giving your bro a concussion. C'mon Man! Blood is supposed to be thicker than water! Just pin him to the boards and stick check!



Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2011 5:55 pm
 

Rangers' Staal has post-concussion issues

well here we go..we are already weak..without Lundquist standing on his head on a nightly basis, forget about it..How long do we have to "wait" for has-been superstars, i.e. Gaborik anyone..MSG is where talent comes to die, where Cablevision only cares about money, heaven forbid they give any REAL programming (NFL Network)..I think I'll route for the "new" Winnipeg Jets



Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: September 18, 2011 8:29 pm
 

Rangers' Staal has post-concussion issues

you are the typical Ranger fan, believing nyrangers.com and  ranger announcers. The blueline is a HUGE problem for this team. you look and see the stats without seeing the reason. They give up fewer goals than other teams because their forwards come down low and block shots, and they play a defensive style, hence their struggle for scoring goals. Their 3rd and 4th defensemen are 2nd year players, with eminger and del zotto as their 3rd pairing and this is a joke. You can't overrate sauer and McDonagh, as they like many others before them, del zotto included, can't be counted on for big minutes that a 3rd and 4th d-man requires, and Eminger and del zotto are a horrible pairing. Don't throw Erixon into the mix because he was average at Traverse City, as noted by the hockey news and nhl.com, as well as many other notables. He needs time in the AHL to groom his game, so as of now they dont even have a 7th defenseman. Any injury to 1 defenseman creates a mess, and watching Girardi's guts he will get injured by his style of play, as gutsy as he is. The blueline is a bigger problem than their scoring woes, as they go hand in hand. They are picked to be 4th in their division, yes, even behind the Devils, and are 16th on odds to win the cup. While oddsmakers arent always right, it does project how their viewed based on talent, and with the need for Staal and Girardi to play 30 minutes every game, their chance of lasting and being strong at seasons end are none. At least some Rangers fans are realizing this, but many dont get how it works with 2nd year players and what makes a team. If they try to score more, they will give up more, because thats how they are built, and Sather must go and someone must take control and get a big defenseman as well as a puck moving defenseman to make this team a contender, as of now they will be a hard playing team that fights as the season goes on to finish in 7th.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: September 18, 2011 7:56 pm
 

Rangers' Staal has post-concussion issues

The blueline?  That's the Rangers strength.  Questions will be about their scoring - they were brutal last year. They have grinders - not guys that can finish.



Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: September 18, 2011 4:37 pm
 

Report: Rangers' Staal has post-concussion issues

I was unaware that Staal ever had a concussion. Did he get one near the end of last season?



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: September 18, 2011 4:13 pm
 

Report: Rangers' Staal has post-concussion issues

Ouch, hope he comes back soon at 100%.  Most of the major questions about this team are going to be about their health and the blueline.


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