At Canadian Olympic orientation camp in Calgary, Marc Staal has been discussing his successful recovery from a devastating eye injury last season (via ESPN)...
"I have no limitations at all. It's been a great summer of training,” Staal said. "Physically from the time I was cleared to start working out, there wasn't anything I couldn't do as far as physically getting ready. So that part of it has been really good this summer, just getting into shape, getting stronger and getting ready for the season."
He then added this (via NHL.com)...
"The eye is still not normal, but I feel back to normal. I don't see myself having any issues once camp starts. It'll be good to get into camp to get that timing and feeling back, but I'm excited for that to get that started, get that rolling."
Staal says he practiced on the ice this summer with borthers Eric and Jordan without any complications.
...this is such a huge lift for the team. To be honest, I had no idea what to expect from Staal this season, so to hear that he has no limitations is a huge relief and has me through the roof excited for the up-coming year.
...now that Staal's healthy along with Del Zotto hopefully being revitalized under AV and the continued development of Moore, the Rangers could have one of the deepest (don't forget Girardi & McD) and skilled bluelines in the NHL this season.
Staal's our main man.If he can play at the same level as he was before the eye injury we're going to the Cup final.He's close to the best defenseman in the NHL when he plays at that level.Good luck Staalsy!
Remember-the cap is expected to go up this year, so that will help in keeping our core D and help in signing Hank.
Great to hear that Staal is doing well. I hope he has a great season! I think it's time for everyone to face facts though...this could very well be the last year that we see this group of players together. Sure, it's great seeing a defense of Staal, Girardi, McDonadh, MDZ, Stralman, and Moore on paper, with guys like McIlrath in the wings. But there's just no way they can pay guys and still remain under the cap. Some of those popular players will likely have to go for younger and/or cheaper alternatives. The Rangers are going to have to decide who their "core" players are and then try to build around them each year (a la Chicago, Anaheim, etc.). It's a shame the Rangers didn't build like this prior to the cap, because they could have kept this team together and probably won a few Cups along the way. There will be tough decisions made, and I'm sure we won't agree with all of them, but I still think this team has a tremendous core!
The eye is fine. It's the head. PCS sucks and you're never the same, especially considering how long he was out. Sorry to say but one more significant concussion and he's through. Sid the infant too - they've got to protect these guy's heads. Looking forward to Staal having a great season but damn, I hope they can customize some more protective head gear for him.
@TheNYRBlog trade Staal? Absolutely not. Trade MDZ while he's still young. Success of the team hinges more on Staal being healthy than MDZ
@TheNYRBlog good news! Trade him.
All the trade talk re: Staal is poppycock. He'll have a monster year now that he's healthy and entering his 7th year (aka prime, and don't forget he's only played in 67 games the last 2 seasons) If we're good, he'll be a big reason why. Trading him clears space, and maybe he'll head to carolina to complete the trifecta, but with a cap hit under 4M this year, no way it makes sense.
As for Del Zotto? Why on Earth would you assume he'll be good? AV doesn't make shitty defenders good merely by being there. He's a bum, we should move him for what we can before he puts anything else on tape.
@TheNYRBlog good trade him, and I wish I didn't think that's what has to happen
@nick_londeen Who said to trade Staal?
@Scott_from_Jersey don't forget-the cap is scheduled and expected to go up after this season.
MDZ is a talented player who has problems in the head. The mental game is very hard to teach (see Alex Kovolev). The only time he looked good was when he played nasty. They should trade him while he still has value but if they keep him train him to play with an edge. You'll fuck up less if you don't think,
@Scott_from_Jersey He may be a terrible defender, but he has offensive skills that were being held back under Torts. He should thrive offensively in AV's system.
@claudcaruso Still sick to my stomach.
@mobilope That might ultimately happen, but I don't think this season.
@TheNYRBlog sorry, looking at the other guy you were tweeting at who'd rather move Staal for a RH d man. Meant to include him, my bad
@KevinDeLury @Scott_from_Jersey How were DZ's offensive skills being held back when despite his awful play, he still remained on the Power Play for 2/3s of the season? I don't know what happened to MDZ, but I can't recall seeing a young player regress so badly for an entire season and not be benched from special teams until the playoffs and still play awful. I'm hoping that MDZ gets past this but I think it's time to move on.
@TheNYRBlog something may need be to done before the start of this season just for cap space
@nick_londeen LOL. No worries.
@KevinDeLury @calithirteen @Scott_from_Jersey I agree. He has talent but his head trash in the way and sometimes the best thing for a player in that situation is to be traded. Change of scenery can be a huge help. I think the rangers made a mistake holding on to him and Richards. If he continues to suck it will be hard to get much value in return.
@TheNYRBlog @mobilope Girardi is almost 3 years older than Staal
@TheNYRBlog I like him but move him for a young RH d-man w/off upside or a RH scoring forward
@mobilope I've always felt Staal has been over valued but still don't think he gets moved.
@TheNYRBlog NYR have a glut of LH d-men Staal highest cap hit & oldest w/smallest off. upside
@mobilope I don't think trading Staal is that something.