Jim Cerny at Blueshirts United recently interviewed Marc Staal, and while he did not specifically mention the eye injury that forced him to miss the second half of last season and all but one game in the playoffs, the Rangers defenseman said he's 100% healthy this summer.
Here's an excerpt from Cerny's report...
"Staal, who has called this “one of the more normal summers recently” since he is feeling completely healthy and not dealing with concussion symptoms or a broken foot like the past two off-seasons, is training diligently every day to prepare for his first camp under the team’s new head coach Alain Vigneault. He was back on the ice and skating two weeks ago, already."
Staal adds that in a few weeks he'll be heading to Team Canada’s Olympic camp and then on to New York for training camp.
...so when Staal says he's completely healthy, does that mean his eye as well? Sort of confusion since the eye isn't directly mentioned.
...the players invited to Team Canada camp will not be practing, so we won't know if Staal's eye injury is still effecting him until Rangers camp (H/T to reader thelink44).
Sure makes the McD signing look even sweeter:
I like how they completely avoided any mention of his current injury in that article. To me that says it's as healed as it's going to be, i.e. he will never be 100% but he plans to play with whatever it is at now. I just hope that's a good idea and he isn't trying to do something stupid like when he played with a concussion.
Don't they have to pick the Canadian team from the camp roster? I thought I read that somewhere. If so, then I doubt they would even invite Staal if he weren't 100%.
There is no practice at the Team Canada camp at all....they wont be on the Ice at all, there are insurance issues so they arent covered
@gravey94 no they can pick anyone even if they dont go to camp and more likely this year as there is no skating...the hockey canada camp this time around is just to discuss strategy and how they expect to travel and play...it would cost them over a million each time they took the ice to cover insurance so they aren't skating
@thelink44 It give team Canada a built in excuse in case they don't win the cup, which they probably don't. Team Russia is my pick since they're playing in their home country.
@thelink44 Thanks for the info. Didn't realize that.
jessica Kinman... and let me tell you... I would hit that