Found December 01, 2011 on Lord Stanley's Blog:
Marc Staal returned to the scene of "The Hit" for the first time today, taking the ice at the RBC Center. The New York Rangers defenseman has not played this season because of post-concussion symptoms. Staal was injured after a big collision with brother Eric Staal of the Hurricanes in the Feb. 22 game at the RBC Center, but did return to play later in the season and in the playoffs. Marc Staal, who did some light skating after the Rangers' morning skate, said he has improved and is confident he will be back in the lineup at some point this season. "It's gotten a lot better," he said. "It's been good. The shutdown for a month helped and now it's slowly get into workouts and go from there. Keep ramping it up if things go well. "I think with my improvement the last month or so, I feel I'll be back. That's the plan. Just make sure I'm healthy, get back and start playing." Staal, in his most extensive comments since Sept. 20...

Marc Staal Expects To Be Back This Season, Admits Mishandled Situation Last Season

Injured New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal skated again today, but this time he wasn't alone as he skated with Mike Rupp this morning in Carolina.  Following the workout Staal met with reporters for the first time since September 30.  Here are the highlights via Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants: On how long has he been symptom-free: “It’s been a couple of weeks. I...

Pregame: Rangers Set to Face Crosby and Pens, Marc Staal Skates

The New York Rangers made a strong statement this past weekend when defeating conference rivals Washington and Philadelphia. At 12-5-3 through twenty games played this season, the Blueshirts currently find themselves sixth overall in the East, and their past two wins proved that they deserve to be there. However, a win tonight against the first place Pittsburgh Penguins would prove...

Marc Staal: “I feel like I’ll be back”

According to Jim Cerny of Blueshirts United, Marc Staal said the following to reporters:  ”I think the rate of improvement the last month or so, I feel like I’ll be back (this season).” Other quotes from Staal: “That’s the plan. I just want to make sure I’m healthy to get to back and start playing.” [...]

Crosby to concussed Rangers D Staal: 'Be patient'

Sidney Crosby certainly knows a thing or two about concussion. With that in mind, the Pittsburgh Penguins captain offered his advice to concussed New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal. "I think (Staal should) be patient. That’s the most important thing," Crosby said. "There are days you feel really good and there are days it feels you really haven’t progressed...

Kirk Muller, the great communicator, faces his Eric Staal problem

When Kirk Muller met the media for the first time as Carolina Hurricanes coach on Monday, the unavoidable subject of captain Eric Staal's struggles eventually came up. "Everyone's human," said Muller. "[Staal] is a workhorse.  He has proven that he can be one of the elite players in the game." Staal enters Tuesday night's game against the Florida...

Update: Marc Staal Begins Skating on his own

According to Jim Cerny of, John Tortorella had the following to say about Marc Staal: …Of course, this is great news to hear. Clearly, Staal has a long road back, but at least he has gotten back on that road. While some fans may want to see Staal back as soon as possible, it [...]

Biron in Goal Tonight; Staal, Rupp Skate with Team (Update: Deveaux Sent to Whale)

Update, 12:45 p.m.:Andrew Gross adds that while its been a couple weeks without headaches for Staal, he still has bad days sprinkled other words, still no where near ready to play.Update, 12:31 p.m.:Rangers anounce that Andre Deveaux has cleared waivers and is being assigned to the Whale....was actually really surprised with the talent level of Deveaux, but with the way...

Staal Begins to Skate

Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that Marc Staal, who has been symptom-free for at least the last five weeks, has entered the next phase of his recovery from the concussion he sustained in February by beginning to skate on his own.Staal, sidelined all season, skated at the Rangers' practice rink yesterday and again this morning after having been cleared by the club&...

Rangers' Staal long way from return

RALEIGH, N.C. — Marc Staal said yesterday “the plan” is for him to join the Rangers’ lineup at some point this season, though the 24-year-old defenseman’s return is far from imminent or even assured. “It’s a long ways away,” Staal said after skating for approximately a half-hour yesterday...

Rangers Get an A at the Quarter Point of the Season

Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun at hand out their quarter point grades for the season and give the Rangers an A...New York RangersGrade: ASummary: Even without Marc Staal, the Rangers have been arguably the best team in the conference over the past three weeks or so. Dan Girardi has emerged as a terrific all-around defenseman and leader in Staal's absence as the Rangers...

Fast tempo at Muller's first full practice

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Staal back on the ice 

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Tortorella pre-game, short and not very sweet

I’ll put up the brief audio in a moment. But suffice it to say, you knew it was going to be quick if anybody A) asked about Sidney Crosby or B) asked about Marc Staal … especially since there was really nothing much more to ask. So it was short. Unfortunately, I turned off the recorder when it was over, before Tortorella stopped and turned to the media and said, “Do we...

Game 26 Preview: Panthers at Hurricanes

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NHL coaches again on the hot seat

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