Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that Marc Staal (eye) has not yet begun skating and with only 14 games remaining in the season there might not be enough time for him to be cleared and properly conditioned before the end of the season.
Brooks adds that Staal is being monitored continually and has undergone regular exams.
...got to assume the reason he hasn't been cleared is because his vision isn't at 100% yet, which is sort of scary considering this happened almost four weeks ago.
...while the Rangers defense hasn't been awful without Staal, you can see their transition from defense to offense has suffered in his absence. Lots of sloppiness coming through the neutral zone. And I don't know about you guys, but I've had enough with Hamrlik. Would rather McIlrath be called up at this point.
OT: I get to see Greenville play the Reading Royals (my local team about 45 minutes away) starting next Friday. It's playoff time. My allegiances are torn for many reasons.
No need to rush his return to the lineup. I'd rather have a healthy Staal for next season than for him to play the like 16 games this season and make the injury worse.
Most definitely, I mentioned it in the last article. Cut Pyatt and Hamrlik. Bring back Haley and bring up McIlraith. That would give this team some edginess to go with the defense. They need to send a message that teams can't abuse their skill players the rest of the way and get away with it.
Could be his vision or could be the fractures in his face haven't healed. Got to remember, a facial fracture isn't exactly the same as a fracture in your arm. Can't put it in a splint so it doesn't move. I've never had one but I can't imagine it's easy for them to heal. Either way, yes we need him but I would rather he be 100% healthy for next season then rush him back this year.
@Beckfan5 his career is likely over.
Definitely not ready from a truly fundamentally sound hockey perspective. But, can he really hurt the team any more than Hamrlik has?? Plus, he's a beast physically.
@jslnyr1102 not really. He's still not strong on the puck and he needs to be a little more agile. Give him another year.
@PenaltySh0t Who's your source?
@PenaltySh0t @Beckfan5 He was playing this season when he took a puck to the eye. The concussion was from last year. You live under rock? These were two separate incidents. When Bryan McCabe had a similar eye injury, it was determined early on that his career was over. It took him a few years but he did eventually make a return. I'm sure Staal's season is done but definitely not his career.
@Beckfan5 no need to be rude...... and December of 2011, so a year and a half about.
@PenaltySh0t A full 2 years?? He was concussed in December of last season.
You wouldn't happen to be a doctor, would you?
@Beckfan5 I have none. But this concussion has had him sidlelined a full 2 years almost. Concussions aren't usually that bad. And nobody ever reports that he's making progress. I really don't have faith his career will be back :\