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In the NY Post, Marc Staal told Larry Brooks that he has not experienced any issues during the preseason that are related to the eye injury he suffered last spring.

Staal said that the preseason actually went better for him than he expected and that he feels comfortable and confident heading into the opener in Phoenix.

He also made sure to note that if he has a bad game it's because he had a bad game and not because of any eye issue.

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Marc Staal chatted with some members of the Edmonton media this morning before the Rangers and Oilers game.

Staal will play in his second straight game tonight:

On how he feels, "I feel good. It was a good summer of training and getting geared up. I feel healthy and strong and putting one foot in front of the other and getting better every day and getting ready for the season."

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In the Rangers loss to the Devils last night, Marc Staal played a total of 21:56.

He played 8:27 in the first period, 6:12 in the second period and 7:17 in the third period.

Staal recorded six shots on goal and had one shot block to go along with an interference penalty.

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5:42PM: Alain Vigneault said today "Marc feels real good. As far as what he has told me, this is as good as he has felt in a long time. He is looking forward to prove to himself, his teammates and his coaches that he is a good player."

11:11AM: Ryan McDonagh told Ranger Rants that Marc Staal has looked "awesome" during the Rangers informal skates the last few weeks and that the team couldn't be more excited to have him back fully healthy.

McDonagh says that Staal is skating like his normal self and makes the Rangers defense a lot deeper.

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Following the Rangers informal skate yesterday, Marc Staal spoke with reporters about how he is feeling heading into the season.

Staal says that he has adapted to his eye issues and that "his brain rewired itself" to better understand the depth perception and tracking the puck.

When asked if there was anything he can't do or anything he was worried about, Staal said "all clear....I feel good." He added,? It's behind me, I've turned the page and I am looking towards starting the season healthy and starting fresh.

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At Yahoo, Nick Cotsonika spoke with Marc Staal about some of the events that followed his eye injury last March.

Staal said that in the immediate aftermath of taking the puck to the eye he couldn't see anything but one dot of light. He said that it took around a month or so before he felt like he wasn't "like, blind."

Cotsonika says that Staal did nothing for five weeks and in that time lost ten pounds.

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According to the team's twitter feed, Marc Staal has joined his teammates at the pre-training camp informal skates.

Staal is said to be skating and wearing a tinted visor.

The forwards taking part in the skate include Rick Nash, Ryan Callahan, Derick Brassard, Carl Hagelin, Mats Zuccarello, Brad Richards, Taylor Pyatt, Chris Kreider, Dominic Moore, Derek Dorsett, Arron Asham and Marek Hrivik.

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10:46AM: Staal told the CP that he doesn't have any limitations with his eye when he is on the ice.

9:58PM: Staal spoke with Pierre LeBrun at ESPN.com and said:

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4:25PM: McDonagh also told Roarke that Staal is excited to get back to "bumping" guys around and "it seems like he is ready to go."

3:32PM: Shawn Roarke of NHL.com spoke with Ryan McDonagh at the Team USA Olympic Camp and McDonagh said that he spent some time this summer with Marc Staal and that Staal is "doing great" and ready for training camp."

Glen Sather said recently that Staal is 100%.

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During an interview with an Edmonton radio station, Glen Sather was asked about Marc Staal and Sather responded by saying that right now, Marc Staal is 100%.

Sather added that he is fully recovered and that he expects Staal to return to top form this season.

He also said that Staal is the kind of player who will make Team Canada better at the Olympics.

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4:04PM: Earlier today, at Yankee Stadium, Dan Girardi was asked about Marc Staal's invitation to the Canadian Olympic Camp and said, I'm so happy for Marc. He has been through a lot the last couple of years and all the boys are behind him every step of the way. I talked to him last week about life and the summer and he says he is feeling great and his eye is doing well. He is excited to get going and get a fresh start. We are excited for him and can't wait to get him back."

7:33AM: In the Chronicle Journal, Matt Vis spoke with Marc Staal about where he is at in terms of the eye injury that limited him to one game after March 5th.

Staal explained that he wasn't very comfortable when he took the ice during the playoffs and thought it would be best to shut down and focus on this coming season.

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Marc Staal and Taylor Pyatt were two of many NHL players who took part in a charity golf tournament in their hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario.

While Marc's brother Jordan spoke with a paper in Thunder Bay, it doesn't appear that Marc spoke or gave any update on the condition of his eye.

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Marc Staal met with the media today and said that he has had a few good days in a row but things sometimes change when he stops on the ice.

He added that doctors have told him that his vision issues will get under control, but since each instance is unique to that person, they don't have a specific timeline.

Staal has only played in one game since March 5th when he took a puck to the eye.

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Marc Staal met with the media after taking part in the Rangers morning skate.
  • On Game 4: "I just wasn't able to go. I won't go into detail of what happened, I just wasn't able to play."
  • On if he feels better today, "not really. Not much. Ill wake up tomorrow and go out it again"
  • On returning later in the series or the playoffs: "I don't know. With this thing, the way I have been dealing with it is that I wake up in the morning and take it from there. I don't wanna speculate one-way or the other."
  • How frustrating is the past two years, "It's tough. You get excited to be in the one and then sit and watch the next. It's not easy."
  • When on Wednesday did he decide he couldn't play: "On the ice it didn't go particularly well. As the day went on I couldn't see myself getting into a game situation."
  • On if there is a rhyme or reason in knowing how it will be from minute to minute, "It's hard to explain, I don't really wanna. I will get misunderstood or something. The best way I will put it is that if I am ready to go, I will play. I couldn't in the last game."
  • On taking a step back and going to talk with doctors and develop a strategy, "we are always in contact with them. We haven't stopped. You wake up and go out that day the way it is from there."
  • On game three, "As I said after the game, it went as I thought it would. Like I said, nine weeks off, a playoff game isn't easy. With what happened in game three and how it went, it didn't stop me from going in game four."
  • In an emergency situation, could you play, "not yesterday."
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9:52AM: At Ranger Rants, Andrew Gross writes that Staal didn't want to play because he realized after game three that he wasn't totally comfortable playing with the blurred vision in his eye.

8:35AM: Rangers defenseman Marc Staal did not play last night after returning to the Rangers lineup in game three.

Staal skated during the Rangers morning skate but decided after arriving at Madison Square Garden before the game that he was not able to go.

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8PM: According to Deb Placey, Staal isn't just out of the lineup because of his eye.

She says that since Staal had such a long layoff, he needed time to recover before he could play again.

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In his return to the Rangers lineup last night, Marc Staal was a minus one and played a total of 17:17 with one shot that was blocked and one that missed the net.

Staal's ice time broke down as:

  • First: 5:24
  • Second: 4:49
  • Third: 7:04
  • Shorthanded: 1:57
After the game, on MSG, John Tortorella said that Staal is so well liked and well respected by his teammates that his return to the lineup raises spirits in the locker room. Tortorella added that the Rangers had no plans to ease Staal back into the lineup and that once he was ready to return, he was getting his old spot in the top four back.

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5:56PM: Katie Strang tweets that the Rangers have activated Staal off of IR.

2:14PM: On twitter, Bob McKenzie that he will not be surprised if the Rangers have Marc Staal in tonight's lineup.

Staal skated this morning but according to reports, he was out of the dressing room before the media could talk to him.

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Marc Staal took part in the Rangers morning skate this morning but will not play tonight as he continues to recover from his eye injury.

Staal said, when he met with the media, that he felt good on the ice and will be on the ice tomorrow as well.

When asked when he felt like he could return, Staal said that his only option to return will be when he stops second guessing himself and hesitating on the ice, "If you go into a playoff game and are thinking too much, you are going to get into trouble."

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According to Andrew Gross, Marc Staal does not expect to be in the Rangers lineup tomorrow for game one.

Pat Leonard tweets that Staal said "I'm not gonna....probably not going to play tomorrow."

Bob McKenzie tweets that he doesn't think Staal will play tomorrow, but he won't be surprised if he is able to play during the series.

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Marc Staal, as he has for a few weeks, practiced with the Rangers this morning but told Andrew Gross that there was no new progress or update to provide as he recovers from his eye injury.

Staal?said today that he hasn't written himself off in terms of returning to the Rangers lineup for the playoffs.

He said that he wants to get more work in and continue to get comfortable and confident with the puck and in the situations he will need to be in on the ice.

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Marc Staal did an interview with the Rangers website. Some of his comments are below:

  • On watching last night, "I was pretty nervous, it was a pretty stressful game. It was tight...but Cally made a great goal in overtime and I am excited that we are in the playoffs."
  • On being a spectator, "you get more nervous watching than if you are on the ice playing. It's disappointing when you aren't out there for a big win with your teammates but if I keep working hard I can get back on the ice soon."
  • On where he is at, "we get more time to practice and get on the ice with the guys. Every moment I can spend on the ice is better and when the moment comes that I am ready to go, I'll be out there."
  • On being nominated for the Masterton, "I don't find myself different than anyone else coming back from injury. I have had a bit of bad luck but it's nice to be acknowledged for the work that goes into coming back and getting into the games."
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Marc Staal will miss his 26th straight game tonight as he recovers from the eye injury that he suffered on March 5th.

Tonight will be the third game against the Hurricanes that Staal will miss but the first where Carolina will have all three of his brothers, Eric, Jordan and Jared, in the lineup.

Staal told the Rangers website, that he is very excited about Jared making his debut, but upset he couldn't be on the ice to play against him

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Marc Staal underwent his first full practice with the Rangers today since taking a puck to his eye on March 5.

He met with the media after and said:

  • On how he is feeling, "The body is starting to feel better. The legs are starting to feel stronger. Just trying to keep improving every day."
  • On being on the ice today with his teammates, "I got some pace and full speed drills. I'm starting to feel better physically."
  • "It's not significantly better than it was last week. I'm starting to feel better on the ice and adjusting to what I am seeing. Hopefully it keeps on improving."
  • On what it will take for him to feel comfortable, "It's going to be one of those things where I am confident to take a rim or take a dump where I am not focused too much on the puck and I'm not aware of what is around me. I don't know when that is going to be but I am going to work every day on the ice and I will try and get back on the ice as soon as I can."
  • On when he feels he can return, "I don't know. I couldn't put a time on it for? you, I just don't know. I need to be in great physical conditioning first and get my legs under me and start feeling fresh and quick before I can make any decision on it."
  • On what others who have sustained eye injuries have told him, "guys have warned me about setting a goal for being back in case you don't reach it and you get frustrated or disappointed. I go back tomorrow to work on the ice and improve and get stronger.
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Marc Staal took part in the Rangers optional morning skate this morning and wore a non-contact jersey.

After practice he spoke with Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants and told him that he hasn't seen much improvement since he started skated last week.

Staal told Gross that his vision is still blurry and he feels "awkward" doing certain things on the ice, like receiving passes, that he will need to do on the ice.

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2:45PM: Staal, according to Zipay, will not travel with the team to Toronto. He is on the trip to see his brothers and family in Carolina tomorrow.

9:54AM: According to a tweet from Steve Zipay, Marc Staal is traveling with the team on their road trip that sends them to Pittsburgh tonight, Carolina tomorrow and Toronto on Monday.

Staal has been working out and increasing the level at which he does so, but he has not yet been cleared to skate.

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In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes Marc Staal has not suffered a setback in on his road back to the Rangers lineup, but he has not yet been cleared to skate.

Brooks says that Staal is being monitored and has been undergoing regular exams but he may not return before the end of the regular season.

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Marc Staal was at Madison Square Garden last night in his first public appearance since taking a puck in the eye against the Flyers two weeks ago.

John Giannone tweeted last night, "Said hello to Marc Staal briefly as he met w/his family after game. Eye swelling/discoloration didn't look bad at all. NO word on timetable."

Andrew Gross tweeted that he saw Staal after the game, with his parents and brothers, and his face didn't have any swelling, just some discoloration.

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According to Katie Strang and Andrew Gross, Jordan Staal and Eric Staal spent time with their brother Marc yesterday as he recovers from taking a puck above his eye.

Jordan said that he believes that Marc will be able to play again this season.

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In the NY Times, Viv Bernstein spoke with Jordan and Eric Staal about how they were supposed to play against their Brother Marc on Monday at Madison Square Garden.

Marc has been out since 3/5 when he took a puck in the eye.

Eric said that Marc is doing "ok" and that it is taking time for the swelling and everything around the eye to settle down.

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In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that there is no official timetable for Marc Staal to return to the Rangers lineup, but the team is hoping that he may be able to return from his eye injury by "early next month."

Brooks writes that Staal was struck "just under the right eyelid" during the Rangers win over the Flyers a week ago tonight.

It was reported yesterday that the Rangers were hoping Staal could return in two-three weeks.

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The Rangers have released the following update on the condition of Marc Staal after he took a puck in the face last night.

Following an injury suffered in last night's game vs. Philadelphia, Marc Staal was examined today in New York by Dr. Mark Fromer, ophthalmologist, and Dr. Mendel Markowitz, maxillofacial surgeon. The injury has improved significantly and both doctors are optimistic that Marc will make a full recovery.

Staal will be sidelined indefinitely.

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1:38PM: At NHL.com, Eric tells Dan Rosen that he spoke with Marc on the phone this morning and that Marc "sounded pretty good" and like he was in "OK spirits."

Eric says that Ron Francis, a Hurricanes executive, pulled him aside after leaving the ice last night to tell him that Marc was hit with the puck.

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11:10PM: Ryan McDonagh said "We hope for a speedy recovery."

11:07PM: Henrik Lundqvist said "It was scary. You can just hear, he was in a lot of pain. It was tough to focus. It will probably take a while before we know."

10:43PM: John Tortorella did not have an update on Staal.

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