Lots of news from practice today as not only were the Ranger Olympians at the practice facility, but Marc Staal (back spasms) returned to practice for the first time in four days. However, he did leave practice early, but said he's ok.
Staal said he twisted his spine during Thursday's practice which led to the back spasms. He added that he'll see how he feels tomorrow before deciding his status for Thursday's game against the Blackhawks. Staal added that this same injury occurred during the lockout.
Marc Staal says he "twisted the wrong way" and hurt his back last Thursday "it locked up", but it's "loosened up" and feels better now #NYR— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) February 25, 2014
...sigh of relief Rangers fans as it doesn't sound like anything serious.
Of the Olympic participants who were at the practice facility today, only Derek Stepan practiced.
...makes sense considering he played less than five minutes during the entire Olympic tournament, so I'm sure he's rested and ready to go.
When asked about the recent trade rumors, Ryan Callahan stated that he's in a good spot mentally and can only control what's on the ice.no comments