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Rangers’ Staal: Wife spent ‘four nights wiping blood off my eye’

Apr 9, 2013, 3:51 PM EDT

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The New York Rangers announced that defenseman Marc Staal skated on his own prior to Tuesday’s practice, a significant step in his return from an eye injury.

But it sounds like he wouldn’t have gotten there without his wife.

Staal met with reporters following his skate, and recounted the first few days after being struck in the eye with a puck against the Flyers on Mar. 5.

From Blueshirts United:

“That first week was pretty scary, I don’t think my wife slept the first four nights wiping blood off my eye and off my face.

“She’s been amazing, and my parents and my brothers. And it’s amazing how small the hockey world is and how many people reached out. That’s been great.”

Tuesday marked he second day in a row that Staal has skated, according to Jim Cerny of BlueshirtsUnited.

While there’s still no timetable for a return to game action (Sportsnet did report earlier that Staal could return by season’s end), one thing is for certain — Staal regrets not wearing a visor, and will don one when he comes back.

“It was the first thing that went through my mind when I hit the ice,” he said. “I should have been wearing a visor. But hindsight is 20/20.”

Staal also added he’ll vote yes on an NHLPA initiative about mandatory visor use for new players entering the league, and is “all for” grandfathering in a rule allowing current players to make their own choice about wearing them.

  1. JoeAvg - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Good luck Marc. Just don’t rush the comeback – be sure you’re ready.

  2. 950003cups - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    What a ton of bad luck he has. First he gets drafted by the rangers, then his own brother gives him a concussion, and then a puck directly to the eye… What’s next?

    • stakex - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:11 PM

      Yes, because he would be sooo much better off with the Devils right now.

      Oh, wait…

      • barkar942 - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:33 PM

        You beat me to it! I was gonna say he could be a Devil. Then his luck would be total crap! LOL!
        Just kidding, 950003.
        Unlike certain beer can people on this site, I can take a joke, and appreciate true fans of other teams besides my favorites, the Rangers.
        You obviously are a true Devils fan and that is good.
        Anyone who truly loves the game of hockey is ok in my book.

  3. murtdurt - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    He’s also the only brother of the staal’s who doesn’t have a cup. But that might not be bad luck

    • 19to77 - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:23 PM

      Meanwhile, in Jared Staal’s house, the sound of crickets chirping echoes down the halls.

  4. crashtheboards55 - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Hope to see you back on the ice soon. Glad to see you are doing better and progressing. That was a scary injury.

  5. nyrnashty - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    I hope he gets better, but he’s a bust! He was supposed to be an offensive D when we drafter him that didn’t work out, so ok fine then it was all about being a defensive D, but he’s not physical or mean enough. Lastly, he got owned by Semin that’s right SEMIN! I’ve turned the page on him awhile ago after he got slapped by a frail Russian!

    • nicknyhc - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:16 AM

      I bet you think Michael Del Ziaster is a gift from the heavens, huh?

      D men are suppose to play defense. First and foremost. If they can’t do that then they’re useless like MDZ, who by himself threw away the game against the Leafs the other night.

  6. cameltoews - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Normally I don’t dump on fellow rangers fans but you are COMPLETELY wrong on Staal being a bust. This year he was the best ranger Dman before his injury. He does everything right. And he was not by any means slated as purely an offensive Dman. He was a great Dman that can pitch in offensively not carry the load. He was an Allstar for crying out loud and he was having an even better season this year. I would not be surprised at all if he pushes for a spot on the Canadian Olympic team if the NHL allows it. You probably think Hamrlik is a good Dman.

  7. jkay1818 - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Nyrnashty, stop! You’re embarrassing us knowledgable ranger fans

    • gunnyhighway88 - Apr 10, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      I’m no Rangers fan, but to say that Marc Staal is a bust is ridiculous. I wouldn’t mind having him on my team.

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