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Now Rangers' Staal could be out for a month

Posted on: October 5, 2011 12:49 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2011 11:18 pm

By Brian Stubits

The news just keeps getting worse for the Rangers and Marc Staal. The alternate captain is already scheduled to miss the first two games overseas because of post-concussion symptoms, and there's no telling how much longer it could be.

What was once being described as nothing more than precautionary measures is now being described like this (from New York Post):

“Doctors have said that it could be a week, but it could also be a month,” Rangers GM Glen Sather said of Staal, who has been receiving treatment back home. “I wish we had something absolute, but we don’t."

So the Rangers had little option but to put Staal on the injured reserve list to start the season, meaning he will be out at least the first week. At the sounds of things, though, it's probably going to be longer.

As a result, the Rangers have begun preparing for life without Staal for a few weeks. Larry Brooks at the Post says the team has reopened talks with free-agent defenseman Paul Mara to fill the void. In the meantime, top prospect Tim Erixon is being recalled to make his debut in Sweden, his home nation.

Coach John Tortorella was not thrilled with the way his defense performed in the preseason, electing to waive Stu Bickell and Brendan Bell for purposes of relocating them to the AHL.

So imagine how concerned he is with the prospect of being down one of his team's top defensemen for a few weeks, possibly more. Sather certainly can see the worry.

“If Marc’s out for a substantial length of time, it’s going to have an impact on our club, no doubt about that. He’s our top defenseman, one of our top players, gets the most ice time and is always on against the other team’s top players.

“But it’s something we’ll just have to deal with.”

It's almost impossible to set a timetable on post-concussion returns. The Rangers, for their part, deny any setback has occurred. But it seems to be a matter of semantics. As Bob McKenzie of TSN points out, the Rangers said he'd only be out a short time and now it could be much longer.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 5:14 pm
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Since: Oct 2, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 4:03 pm

Now Rangers' Staal could be out for a month

Wow, this news is not good to hear.  Hopefully some of the kids will fill in for Staalsie and they don't make a trade or waiver claim.  They've got some good young guys pretty much ready to go.

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:24 am

Now Rangers' Staal could be out for a month

One last coment on the Rangers and i promise im done,  This guy Larry who is so caught up on Vegas odds, must not watch this team.  To say Micheal Del Zotto/ Emminger is the worst third pair is not only stupid its not accurate. MDZ who is 21 by the way and obviously after a huge season as a 19 year old took a step back, had a good camp and will play with Sauer to start the year.  You need to actually watch a team to know anything about them, and every Ny Hockey beat writer has them anywwhere from 4th to 7th in the east.  As for the slow footed Gaborik, check out Espn's Hockey gurus thoughts on him. 

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:14 am

Now Rangers' Staal could be out for a month

How many times can you put Vegas odds in a posting? 

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:12 am

Now Rangers' Staal could be out for a month

Pre season rankings in Hockey are useless.  My point about Larry Brooks picking them as a team that could go deep into the playoffs, was to just show that a very well thought of hockey writer, likes the talent.  As for keeping Christenson over Avery, in my opinion it is the right move. Avery adds grit but the coach plays him 5 minutes a night.  A ton of games like them or not end in shootouts, and look it up, few in the leage are better then christenson.  Those few extra points generally end up meaning playoff positions.  This team has a lot of good young talent, Richards should help Gabby, wether he lost a step or not, hes still in his prime, and the team has an elite goaltender.  So in a league where the only thing that matters is making the playoffs, I think the Rangers are being overlooked.  its my opinion. Doesnt make it a fact.  Stahl coming back is obviously a huge part of it. 

Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2011 9:57 am

Now Rangers' Staal could be out for a month

Christensen may be great on the shootouts, but he doesn't add much during regulation to help the team win then.  I would much rather have had Weise over him and Avery, provides more grit and a physical presence than EC and will save over 1 MIL in cap space over Avery. 

How come people don't realize that while Richards might have been signed for 9 years, its really a 6 year deal.  He makes 1 MIL the last 3 years of the deal.  Meaning he can be bought out after year 6, with a cap hit of 0.667 MIL. 

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2011 12:13 am

Now Rangers' Staal could be out for a month

Christensen over Avery was the right choice, because if you can't win shootouts, you won't make the playoffs (as evidenced two years ago... how quickly you've forgotten). Furthermore, Christensen makes things happen for other guys, and keeping him with Zuccarello will pay dividends. Another crime that my fellow Ranger fans commit frequently is that they give Avery far too much credit. There are plenty of guys who can be a nuisance to other teams, but not many shootout specialists.

And yes, Sather should have been fired ages ago. I'm shocked that he's still around. Even the Richards signing was iffy because he made that contract about three years too long.

Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2011 10:53 pm

Now Rangers' Staal could be out for a month

Larry Brooks writes for the Post not Herb Brooks?? Hope Staal can come back healthy and not be in and out of the lineup for the rest of the season and his career. It seems that since the league is making an issue of head shots and hitting from behind into the boards, more and more players are doing it. After the fact the player that commits the head shot and ruins a guys career, you hear how sorry they are and it was done in the heat of battle etc...Be aware of what is going on and dont hit anybody in the head or from behind into the boards before hand, not after you do it. If you cant control yourself on the ice then you should hang em up and not end someone elses career because of your stupidity.

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 8:51 pm

Now Rangers' Staal could be out for a month

and Sather should have been fired years ago,  and Torts saying he kept Christensen mainly because he won shootout games over the past few seasons on idiotic, how about a player who will help games in regulation as a way to describe someone you want.His changing of lines, separating what works, and mixing and matching all season is a Torts thing, other teams dont do that unless injuries occur. He does it every game, and other than that Tampa team, has nothing to hang his hat on here, except mediocrity, and i'm tired of mediocrity, when i can see with a real coach and gm we could be close to contending in a year or 2.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 8:51 pm

Now Rangers' Staal could be out for a month

Yeah, and who predicted Boston would win the Stanley Cup?  Forget preseason rankings and Vegas odds.  Play the game.

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