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Rangers: Doctors optmistic Staal will fully recover from eye injury

Mar 6, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT

The New York Rangers have released a statement regarding the health of injured defenseman Marc Staal.

Here’s the update, courtesy the team website:

Following an injury suffered in last night’s game vs. Philadelphia, Rangers alternate captain Marc Staal was examined today in New York by Dr. Mark Fromer, ophthalmologist, and Dr. Mendel Markowitz, maxillofacial surgeon.

The injury has improved significantly and both doctors are optimistic that Marc will make a full recovery.

Staal will be sidelined indefinitely.

The 26-year-old rearguard was hurt after taking a puck to the face with 14 minutes remaining in the third period:

Rangers head coach John Tortorella called the incident “scary” in his postgame media scrum while Blueshirts defenseman Ryan McDonagh said “you could tell how much pain [Staal] was in immediately.”

Earlier today, Staal’s brother Eric didn’t have much to report, but did say Marc was in good spirits.

  1. thehighcountrybear - Mar 6, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Fantastic news! Looks like he took the brunt of the force on the orbital bone rather than flush on the eyeball. Had to hurt like hell. Get well Marc.

  2. dawglb - Mar 6, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    It is a miracle this doesn’t happen once a game! Eye-shields should be considered as mandatory equipment (Grandfathered). Anyone who enters the League as of 2013-2014 needs to wear one. Just as they did with helmets.

    • stakex - Mar 6, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      Its not a miracle at all. It takes either a very wild shot, or a freak deflection for something like this to happen…. and the head is a tiny target. Thus the odds of someone taking a full on shot to the eye, are very small. Players a far more likely to suffer a serious injury on a clean check.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 6, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      I am surprised it doesn’t happen more often. There’s crowds of bodies and sticks in front of the net on just about every play so it’s lucky there aren’t a lot more of these freak plays. Still, the need for visors is a real one and hopefully that rule gets put into place before the next season.

  3. Stiller43 - Mar 6, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    A very wild shot? Youve clearly never been on the ice. Ive seen people get hit in the face from a deflection off trying to catch a pass (it was actually a skilled player). When you deal with something not spherical, its almost impossible to tell how it will react.

    Add in the fact that players are constantly trying to whack at the puck, each other, trying to block/deflect the puck on net, etc., yes, its a miracle it doesnt happen every game.

    • hockeyflow33 - Mar 6, 2013 at 7:51 PM

      I’m sure the guys you play with are comparable to guys in the NHL

      • jimeejohnson - Mar 6, 2013 at 9:07 PM

        Again, you show you don’t actually play hockey. An errant shot can deflect in a pond hockey game. Your sarcasm is misplaced, and reflects your lack of experience playing hockey on ice.

      • hockeyflow33 - Mar 7, 2013 at 5:40 PM

        Easy guy, I’ve officiated higher level games than you’ve played

      • Stiller43 - Mar 7, 2013 at 2:41 AM

        Im not saying the guys a world class player, but hes not a 1st time scrub player. Catching a pass is a nothing play for him, it happened. The point is, even with players that know what theyre doing, weird bounces can happen all the time…even on seemingly innocuous plays.

  4. 950003cups - Mar 6, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    I don’t understand why most players wouldn’t want to wear some sort of eye/face shield. It must be very distracting. Every college player here in the USA wears a full face guard. First thing they do when they get out of college is they ditch the mask immediately. I know they look silly. But c’mon!

    I guess its like what Dion Sanders said:

    “If you look good, you feel good, If you feel good, you play good, If you play good, you get paid good.”

    Silly if you ask me.

    • hockeyflow33 - Mar 6, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      You don’t understand because you’ve never played the game apparently

      • jimeejohnson - Mar 6, 2013 at 9:08 PM

        Same as you.

    • badintent - Mar 7, 2013 at 1:40 AM

      I remember the first time Dion acutally tried to tackle someone. He got knocked out.

    • 950003cups - Mar 7, 2013 at 2:04 PM


      Obviously it is YOU who has never played the game on ice. Maybe you have an old pair of quads you rocked on an empty basketball court back in the day.

      Anyone here on this blog who HAS played the game on ice was required by law to wear full face protection. So of course I don’t understand what is so good about not having one. Obviously it makes a difference because everyone at the NHL level doesn’t use one.

      Unless of course, you sir, had played at a professional level.

      • hockeyflow33 - Mar 7, 2013 at 5:50 PM

        I have no idea what quads are but ok? I’ve actually played at a very high level of hockey but I don’t need to flaunt my resume on a message board.

        There’s also no law that requires you to wear a full face mask at any level and I’m not sure why a knowledge of the legal world is a prerequisite for playing hockey but wherever you play must be filled with very intelligent people. I’d be curious to see your citation to the full facemask law; is it a statutory requirement or is it judicially based?

  5. bronxsanman - Mar 6, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    All I have to say is thank god and get well soon brother,we don’t want to hoist lord Stanley without you.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:07 AM

      As of now the Rangers will be luck to be hoisting the lightswitch of their lockerroom come playoff time since they still are a bubble team to even be playing come May.

  6. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 6, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Good news. You never want to see this happen anyone, let alone a 26-year old kid with All-Star ability. Hopefully Staal makes a quick and full recovery.

  7. ludacrish05 - Mar 6, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Most players don’t want to wear the visors because it messes up their vision but clearly it messes up your face too, better to wear the visor and good luck on your recovery!

    -caps fan

  8. lonespeed - Mar 6, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Awesome news. Now trade him to Carolina before the trade deadline.

  9. wingslax35 - Mar 6, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    I hate the Rangers. That being said, I hope he recovers and plays again. I root for the Flyers, but it pained me seeing him drop and flail. Get well soon!

  10. isithockeyseasonyet - Mar 6, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Agreed, that was awful seeing, hate to say it but first thing I thought of was prongers injury, hope he checks out ok

  11. johnstone17 - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Just great news. Get well at your pace Marc !!!!!

  12. multiplemiggs - Mar 7, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Visors should be mandatory, as well as tampons to stop their bleeding vaginas.

    • johnstone17 - Mar 7, 2013 at 10:45 AM


  13. dawglb - Mar 10, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Just about every power play, a defensive player goes low to block a shot/pass. It is amazing that there are not more pucks that injure players.

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