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Rangers confirm Staal suffered concussion

Dec 10, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

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On Tuesday, New York announced that defenseman Marc Staal has been diagnosed with a concussion stemming from a hit on Saturday from Devils forward Reid Boucher.

“[Staal has been] diagnosed with a concussion,” head coach Alain Vigneault explained. “Doctors feel it isn’t as serious as in the past.”

Staal, 26, has a long history with concussion and head injuries. He missed 36 games during the 2011-12 campaign with a concussion following a hit from his brother, Eric, and missed 27 games during the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign after taking a puck to the eye against Philadelphia.

As a result, Staal has played sparingly over the last two years and had some difficulty reclaiming the form that saw him score 29 points in 77 games during the 2010-11 campaign, averaging over 25 minutes per.

He currently has just two goals and one assist through 30 games this year, and is averaging under 20 minutes TOI — one of the lowest totals of his career.

The Rangers originally said Staal was being treated for a stiff neck following the Devils game — he missed Sunday’s loss to Washington — so it’ll be interesting to see how his recovery will be handled. The Rangers are in the midst of a record-long nine-game homestand and Vigneault has been critical of his team’s defense this season, Staal included.

  1. xdj511 - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Merde. It’s amazing what a seemingly innocent play can do nowadays. This is going to continue unless the NHL makes any contact with the head illegal. I hope this one turns out to be mild and he isn’t out too long, but the odds aren’t good.

    I guess the merry-go-round of J. Moore, MDZ, and Falk is over. Beyond that are AHL options like Allen and McIlrath. Otherwise we’re going to have to pull somebody off of someone else’s scrap heap.

  2. penvik - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    If Staal was on the Bruins, there would have been an MMA style attack for this hit.

    • drewzducks - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      Pathetic broken record. Sounds like someone still hasn’t gotten over an embarrassing sweep.

  3. 950003cups - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Thats just outright sad.

  4. shamu1the1whale - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Dang, his own bro gave him a concussion! Brotherly love?

  5. villi5ed - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Just a sad situation. He was playing so well before the eye injury, seemingly totally back from the initial concussion, but especially in recent weeks his play had not come close to resembling its highs once upon a time. And it wasn’t just a lack of snap or confidence around the net or in the corners or even in moving the puck out of the zone. It was in very, very
    basic things like receiving a pass without a hitch — three times this season Staal got a feed in the slot and not only did not get a scoring chance but could not even handle the puck.

    Every best wish that he recovers quickly, in every possible sense.

  6. bleedrangerblue - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    All I can say is get better and please hang on to Del Zotto!!!!

  7. bronxtale247 - Dec 10, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    The scary part is the hit wasn’t that violent. Similar to Pavel Datsyuk quick jaw shot. As a Ranger fan I’m worried about his future production. He’s looked really soft since returning from the puck to the eye.

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