1/23/17 | 5:20PM: Alain Vigneault said that Staal has been cleared for contact but will not play on Wednesday against the Flyers since the Rangers will not practice before then. (NYR)
2:17PM: Marc Staal spoke with reporters on Monday and said (NYR):
- "I feel good. Over the last bunch of days I have been feeling a lot better and skating a lot harder and definitely going in the right direction, feeling pretty good."
- Are you still in the protocol, "it's day by day but we have been pushing harder as the week has gone on and it's gone well. Waiting to see how we react and then keep on going. Had a good skate today again and hopefully will respond well again and keep on pushing."
- On skating, "A bunch of times on my own, actually got to shoot on a goalie today which was nice. Going in the right direction."
- On the steps he is taking, "with this type of thing it can be frustrating and any step forward in the way that you are feeling and the closer you can to get back on the ice with the team the better you are going to feel and it's going in that direction."
- On not rushing back, "it's hard. Having been through it before you learn your lessons in treating it the right way and it's the type of injury where you can't put a timetable on it but it's starting to feel pretty good and we are going in the right direction."
- On his past experience with concussions, "as far as talking with the training staff and doctors and how I feel and then you make a game plan going forward. It's not something you can project and you go at it day by day and when you are ready to go, you go."
Pierre McGuire said on the Rangers Blue Line Podcast on Monday that he visited with Staal on Sunday and Staal said that he feels he is "starting to make some significant inroads in terms of getting better. That would be huge for them defensively."
1/21/17 | 6:59PM: Vigneault said of Staal today:
- On Marc Staal, "Marc is a defensive type defenseman that is tough to play against for the opposition. They can come down with speed or try and cycle and when he is on the ice, his big body, he has a real good stick as far as positioning and he helps us out there and on the PK."
- Does Staal take away those net front plays, "those are the passes that I think Marc sees and takes away. He can do that but the other guys who aren't taking those passes away should be able to take them away. They have enough skills and smarts to make those reads and take those away."
1:52PM: Alain Vigneault said on Saturday that Staal continues to skate on his own and that there is nothing new to report wit him. (NYR)
He said that Staal is just following the concussion protocol. (NYR)
1/19/17 | 6:09PM: Alain Vigneault said that he had not talked with medical trainer Jim Ramsay today about Staal, but said that as soon as Staal is healthy he will play.(NYR)
He said, "a player like Marc, with what he means to our team, I will put him in the lineup as soon as he is healthy." (NYR)
1/18/17 | 1:49PM: Marc Staal skated today and is expected to skate again tomorrow, according to Alain Vigneault. (NYR)
1/17/17 | 3:21PM: Vigneault said that Staal had a scheduled day off but will skate on his own tomorrow. (NYR)
Vigneault said that Staal is continuing with the concussion protocol. (NYR)
1/16/17 | 4:22PM: Staal skated for the fourth straight day and Alain Vigneault said that he is continuing with the concussion protocol.
1/12/17 | 5:35PM: Staal is feeling better and going through the concussion protocol.