Marc Staal Marc Staal 2013-14 Concussion
Staal said that he told Alain Vigneault that he wanted to play tomorrow and that Vigneault told him that he is in the lineup. (Ranger Rants)
1:37PM: Marc Staal is ready to return to the Rangers lineup against the Panthers tomorrow. (Rangers)
Vigneault added that he hopes Staal continues to trend upward because "he is a real important part of the team for us."
He adds that Staal defends real well, has a good hockey sense, a good stick and hopes to have him back in the lineup soon."
11:37AM: Lundqvist confirms that he is not starting tonight and that his neck is still a little sore after a collision against the Penguins (Zipay)
10:47AM: Henrik Lundqvist, Marc Staal and Taylor Pyatt are on the ice at Madison Square Garden right now. (Steve Zipay)
- I skated yesterday for the first time. Jut like. I got through yesterday pretty good, just light and go back on the ice today, go a little harder and se where it goes
- How does it compare to the last time, It's different. Last time I played through a concussion for so long that the effects dragged on forever. It's different. This time around, from day to day after I felt better and quicker. No comparison.
- Did you know right away, "I had a really loud ringing my ears and had a headache right away after I got hit. Right then I knew something was wrong. I got off the ice and tried to deal with it."
- Frustration and anger at the beginning. You are nervous, you don't know how you will react after it. Even the next day I had a better outlook on it. It's been ups and downs since then but for the most part it's getting better."
- Did you know to get off the ice right away, "having come back too early from a previous one and going through the stuff that I did, maybe if? I hadn't done that I would have gone to the bench, wait for things to clear up and then maybe go back in. Being a little more educated I think you know to get off the ice and see where you are at."
- On his progress, "I skated yesterday and will again today and hopefully things keep going well. You never know until you start getting back to full tempo? but I look at the positives and keep getting better."
- Will you skate over the holiday, "if today goes well and tomorrow then probably look to be on the ice. Three days is a long time especially after you kind of gear up or start to do more each day. It's tough to shut it down so I will probably do something."
- On the team, "it's tough to watch. It's easier to watch when you are winning. Its' tough to watch them go through the struggle because you want to be out there and help them turn it around. For me, being around the guys has put me in a better mood and we want to turn this around."
- When I hit the ice I wasn't in disbelief...but you play the game and you know that things are bound to happen with injuries and stuff like that. It's been a tough stretch but for me, I was concerned after but the next day or so I felt better and I was recovering."
- How do you test yourself, "You just start off with an easy bike. Pick it up. If you have some days where it doesn't go so well, you back off. reset and do it again. The same workout I did last week I had a tough time with but this time I got through it fine. It's a guage and you keep ramping it up as you feel better and recover."
- Did you feel the need to go to Michigan to see the specialist, "I spoke with him. I have been through my share of doctors to know what is going on. If I felt that I was in serious trouble then I would have gone out there. Having talke on the phone and going the way that I have the past few weeks, I didn't feel the need to go out there."
- How do you prevent future issues, "No....you can't. It's the game. You play it hard and things happen like that. You get in a vulnerable position, which you try to avoid, but it's one of those things that you get hit the wrong way one time and it impacts you."
- On the first hit, "I was pissed off but I didn't feel anything that I had to take myself out of the game."
11AMMarc Staal skated yesterday and will skate again today after the Rangers finish their morning skate (Larry Brooks)
1:25PM: Marc Staal has been doing off-ice conditioning for the past three days and is "doing well." (Katie Strang and Pat Leonard)
Staal was hit on the chin on Saturday against New Jersey and it was revealed on
Monday Tuesday that he had been diagnosed with a concussion.
Boucher said that he feels bad that Staal is concussed (Tom Gulitti) and that Staal "just kind of stepped up at me on the blue line and I just kind of braced myself. It was just a hockey play. He had the forward lean coming in to hit me, so I don?t know if there was much I could have done there.?
Boucher said that he is aware of Staal's concussion history and that he wasn't trying to hurt him on the play.
Early indications are that this concussion is not as serious as his previous concussion.
Staal has conversed with the Rangers concussion specialist in Michigan but no visit is planned as of now.
Brooks says that the loss of Staal could be "crippling" for the Rangers defense.
10:38PM: Alain Vigneault didn't provide an update other than saying that Staal "didn't feel quite right" after he was hit in the chit? (Katie Strang)