Following today's practice, Marc Staal declared himself ready to play tomorrow night in Florida against the Panthers.
Staal practiced on a defensive pairing with Conor Allen.
...Staal has definitely had his struggles this season as he continues to adjust to his compromised eye, but his return adds some much needed depth to the defensive corps.
The prognosis on Anton Stralman (wrist) is a little uncertain as the defenseman still isn't sure about availability tomorrow (via Rangers Twitter)...
"Today was a step forward, it felt better..we'll see about tomorrow and hopefully it will be even better"
With Stralman's status still up in the air, Alain Vigneault wouldn't commit to a lineup against the Panthers but both Michael Del Zotto and Justin Falk were taken aside by assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson during practice today making it likely one or both will be a healthy scratch meaning Allen will likely get a second straight game.
...i absolutely love that AV is giving Allen a second straight game despite Staal and maybe even Stralman returning from injury. He absolutely deserves it.
...not sure I agree with AV's decision to possibly scratch Falk over Moore. While both Moore and Del Zotto are more talented, Falk has by far been the more consistent of the three and offers some toughness to the blueline.
Henrik Lundqvist will start his second game in a row tomorrow and Ryan Callahan (knee) practiced in a non-contact jersey today.
Calgary gets him for a "Jugh Heisman" maybe even worse.We got a couple of guys in Hartford better than Greg Nemisz.Size and grit should have been adressed at last years trade deadline.Sather will get around to it after Nash,Stall and Richards all get career ending cheapshots.We will be paying a price for years thanks to Sathers' delaying the obvious.
Sorry ...off topic.....
The Calgary Flames acquired Kevin Westgarth from the 'Canes. The Flames are done. Sounds to me like McGrattan could be shipped out of Calgary...he's a 32yr old enforcer on a team going nowhere.
Sather....please...do the right thing....and get McGrattan on a plane to N.Y....ASAP!!
Isn't it just wonderful to have some defensive depth. Imagine if everyone was healthy...
Remember when an injury was a death sentence because Torts had Eminger, Gilroy and Bickel to choose from?
Just the toughness part alone should earn Falk a spot over at least DZ. Moore has good upside. I was so high on this kid and was excited he got traded here as I said at the time but he's been pretty flat this season. Would love to see him get going, he's got a lot going for him
I'm saying this as a hockey fan first and not a Ranger fan, It's time to trade Staal to the Hurricanes so that he can be with his brothers while he can still play the game!
Heck I would not even mind if we came up short on the deal! I'm afraid he is one hit away from even being able to play the game!
Good writeup about Brady Skjei under player notes from the World Junior Championships
@JoeyKocur Our team has skill, but no toughness at all. Players like Nash are playing like squirrels, always looking over their shoulder; tentative... I applaud Zuc's feistiness, but let's face it, one punch and he becomes the next tentative Rick Nash. Before it is too late, let's add the Chris Neil type of player or that sandpaper defenseman. Otherwise, at best we make the first round of the playoffs and then get dumped.
I've been on Falk's side all season. I still am. But last night's game was the least amount of time he's played since the first game of the season. He was the only player not to play with G or McD as well. I'm not all that surprised, especially since Moore played over 20 minutes.
Acquiring McGrattan is a no-brainer. We are devoid of toughness. Our "enforcer" is freaking Derek Dorsett....a lightweight. Now you got a true heavyweight enforcer who is most likely on the block. We play in a tough conference...the match is perfect.
Sather....get it done.....PLEASE!!!!!!!!!
@dylonerganEminger wasn't that bad - Bickel could at least play tough and NC on Gilroy - and there was still DZ in the lineup to make every routine play an adventure. Thank goodness Slats solved the injury problem by acquiring Hamrlik.
I'd choose Bickel......He would defend teammates...against anyone..and was fearless. Direct opposite of Girardi....Staal.. .....gutless..
Agree. I love Staal, but love can make you do funny things. Time to move him, unless the rest of the league already realizes that sadly his time is up and he will never be the dominant D Man he was before he was concussed, and before he nearly lost his eye. Let him finish his careers next to his brothers.
@JoeyKocurI agree except the Zucc part. Unless he's hurt he'll be a savage little warrior till the end lo -l more heart than all our big players combined - but yeah as the games get tougher he'll need someone riding shotgun
@mando24179haha - don't sugar coat it mando, tell it like it is
@McPhee37Will they take DelScratcho?
Yeah but can he play? Something needed maybe at the deadline closer to postseason. Ull get him cheap.
@mando24179I don't know if I'd call these guys gutless. Neither are fighters of course but G was willing to put his body in front of anything and Staal plays a tough game, at least before the concussions. I'll always remember the epic battles against Ovi and Sid the Infant. concussions change them, I've gotten my share kickboxing and from childhood sports. After a good bout with PCS you're tentative because it's such a miserable condition you'll do just about anything to never have to go through it again. I stopped competing at 31 because of it. It gets into your head. Nash, Boyle, Staal... never been the same, and remember Eric Lindros, the freight train - one of the hardest hitters ever before the concussion, not so much after.
@mando24179my grandma could take 6'7" boyle... and she's dead!