Found October 10, 2011 on The Rangers Tribune:
When meeting with the media following today's two-part practice in Greenburgh, NY, head coach John Tortorella reported the latest on the status of defenseman Marc Staal (post-concussion symptoms). According to Torts, Staal will not join the team for practice this week, which likely means he will not be in the lineup for Saturday's match with the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. Staal will technically be off of injured reserve and eligible to play in that game, but the Rangers wish for him to remain with his doctors at this time.  Pat Leonard of the Daily News asked Tortorella if he was preparing for a long-term absence in regards to Staal, to which the coach responded... “I don’t know if you prepare that way. We just - whoever’s out there practicing, we’re preparing. And if someday Marc comes in and he’s there, we’re gonna prepare him the best we can to play a game.” Fair enough. But you have to assume that Tortorella is as anxious as anyone to get Staal back in the def...

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Rangers not expecting D Staal back this week

New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal is not expected to rejoin the team this week. Staal has been dealing with concussion-related symptoms that kept him out of the lineup for the team's first two games in Europe. Rangers coach John Tortorella said he does not anticipate seeing Staal prior to Saturday's game against the New York Islanders. Staal suffered the concussion...

Read: Adam Graves Inspires Ailing New York Rangers Fan

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Bell assigned to Connecticut; Stajcer to OHL

From the NYR: NEW YORK RANGERS TRANSACTION UPDATE Brendan Bell Assigned to Connecticut; Scott Stajcer Returned to Owen Sound (OHL) New York, October 9, 2011 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that defenseman Brendan Bell has been assigned to the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL), and goaltender Scott Stajcer has...

Sean Avery Reported To Connecticut On Tuesday

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The boys are back in town

The Rangers are home from their European vacation, two losses, two points in hand, and undefeated. They now get an obviously much-needed five days of practice before going to (ugh) Nassau Coliseum Saturday, then to Western Canada. They have to find a left winger for that No. 1 line (if that line stays together), have to figure out how to stop taking so many mindless penalties...

Tortorella post-practice

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Shoulder big worry for Avery

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Whale Fall To Adirondack Yesterday

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Rangers stay in line with Dubinsky on top unit

With their European adventure behind them, the Rangers now must decide who will skate next to Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik on the left wing of their top line. After an up-and-down beginning to the Richards-Gaborik partnership in the Rangers' two one-point losses in Sweden, coach John Tortorella did not...

NHL: Pluses and minuses around the league

It's good to have Winnipeg back in the league, but Sean Avery's act has grown old.It's good to have Winnipeg back in the league, but Sean Avery's act has grown old.
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