Katie Strang at ESPN.com reports that after skating for a third straight day, Marc Staal says that while his peripheral vision is fine, his eyesight is still blurry and he needs to work on depth perception for reads on plays in tight.
Strang also notes that Staal also found it helpful reaching out to Dany Heatley, Colin White and Manny Malhotra, who each suffered similar eye injuries.
...i know Berard played with blurred vision, but I'm not so sure the Rangers should take a chance by just throwing him in there unless he's 100% comfortable and confident playing while visually impaired.
...maybe Staal can bring Del Zotto along when he works on his depth perception.
...got to love the sense of community in the NHL that allows Staal to reach out to other players, including a former Devil, to get an idea of what he's up against.
Staal helmet pic courtesy of Laura Behnke of WABC Eyewitness News.
One big difference between Staal and Berard. Berard's eye was totally destroyed, so he actually only had one eye.
We sure need him but players health comes first obviously. I hope he does not return until he's fully ready
Lundqvist has gone 50 games without a shutout. Does that fall on hank, or the "team defense" I would go with the latter
@TheNYRBlog don't forget that del zotto is like 21 and the goals aren't always his fault, team defensive breakdowns, lack of communication
Let's be honest, do we trust Staal to tell the Rangers when he's 100% comfortable and confident? This is the guy who played two months with post concussion symptoms.
Honestly, I don't like him saying his vision is blurry but he'll be able to play through it. I obviously don't know how bad it is but that worries me.
@TheNYRBlog Maybe Staal can show him to play, yknow, defense.
@TheNYRBlog Yes Please!!
@cb1 one armed, one legged...
@cb1I wouldn't take your statement as a knock on DZ (even if you meant it as such) Staal IS that good
@Josh6 how many wins has he had in the last 50 games? i get your point on shut outs and the defensemen in front of him but are you missig a bigger picture perhaps?
how many wins has he had in the last 50 games?
@nickpaterno24 Oh, I'm with you. Del Zotto's upside is tremendous. He's just prone to some awful mistakes sometimes.
@Melissa (blknblueshirts) actuallly thats one thing that a doctor could definitively test for. Its not like a sore shoulder- can't fake an eye chart.
@Melissa (blknblueshirts) Good point
@Melissa (blknblueshirts) he is one tough guy. I really think our top 3 are all the toughest guys in the NHL
@TheNYRBlog he fucks up i agree, but a very valuable player for us, so young and so much potential beyond what he already is