Originally written on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 12/15/11

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 04: Marc Staal #18 of the New York Rangers celebrates against the Washington Capitals on February 4, 2010 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Andrew Gross has this quote from Marc Staal after the defenseman skated this morning with a non-contact jersey..."Today is the hardest I've skated in a really long time."Staal also says that the next step for him is to get his strength back in the weight room.Still no time table on his return....Staal's recovery has really picked up some steam lately. Still very concerned after seeing what's gone on with Crosby. Although, everyone is different, so just because Crosby is having difficulties doesn't mean Staal will.For an update on Mike Rupp click the "Read More" tab below.Gross adds that Mike Rupp believes he'll be back in the lineup either Saturday at Phoenix or Tuesday against the Devils.Remember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or e-mail me at nyrfan94@yahoo.com.
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