UNIONDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Jordan Staal #11 of the Pittsburgh Penguins fights Nate Thompson #11 of the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on November 27, 2009 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Penguins 3-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal has been sidelined ever since he suffered a frightening injury when a deflected puck struck him in the eye back on March 5th. The incident, one that was horrifying to watch, made fans question whether or not he would be able to suit up again during the 2013 season.
Jordan Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes, Marc's brother, is optimistic that he will play again before the current season concludes, as seen in a report from ESPN.
Jordan (pictured right) mentioned to ESPN that his brother was in good spirits and is making progress in his recovery.
"He's doing well. He's slowly getting there. Obviously, there's still a little more healing to be done, but things are looking up for him."
This is pretty encouraging news considering Marc suffered non-displaced fractures on the play. He's also been suffering from some vision loss, a problem he is still battling through. His vision is improving, but it's not back to 100%. We all imagine Marc wants to get back on the ice as soon as possible, but it's safe to assume that the team will deal with an injury as serious as this one extremely cautiously.
Jordan couldn't pick a date when his brother would return to the ice (not even New York team doctors have been able to do that), but he is hopeful a return will happen this season. He added that Marc will be sporting a visor when he does return, a move that's expected of a guy recovering from a massive eye and face injury.
The New York Rangers end their 2013 regular season on Saturday, April 27th at home against the New Jersey Devils.