Found December 20, 2011 on NY Rangers Blog:
PLAYERS: Marc Staal
TEAMS: New York Rangers
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Staal Update: May Be Cleared for Contact

According to Jim Cerny, Marc Staal says that “if everything goes well,” he will be cleared for contact in the next few days. …There really is no amount of excitement that can be explained in to words here. All I can say is that this is absolutely phenomenal news.

Signs Point to Staal Return With Lots of Season Left

Andrew Gross at Rangers Rants gives us this optimistic view of Marc Staal's possible return from post concussion syndrome..."The upside for the Rangers is that Staal continues to skate hard without setbacks and is intensifying his off-ice workouts to regain strength and conditioning. He's still out indefinitely but the signs are definitely there that he'll be able...

Video: Staal Practices With Team

Here's video of Marc Staal skating with the team for the first time without a non-contact jersey on as well as teammate reaction to his recovery... ...great to see him out there practicing with the team and feeling good....he has made tremendous strides in the last week or so and now looks like a guy who could return next month instead of next year.Remember to follow me on...

Marc Staal Not Holding Out Return For Winter Classic

… talk about a huge stage to make your return on. It would definitely be most epic of Staal returns at the Winter Classic, but what I am more in favor of is him returning 100% HEALTHY. 

Staal Isn't Ruling Out Winter Classic

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Tale of the Tape, Erixon Expected, Staal Status

Brad Richards' game-winning goal with just 0.1 seconds left on the clock was a memorable one last night in Glendale, Arizona, where the Rangers defeated the Coyotes, 3-2. It is always the desire of a fan to re-live such moments over and over and over again, so I give to you the video, along with the gameclock, of last night's incredible buzzer-beater...   h/t to reader...

Video: Staal and Wolski Talk Winter Classic on NBC's Today Show

Defenseman Marc Staal and forward Wojtek Wolski appeared on NBC's Today Show this morning to talk about the Winter Classic on January 2...  

Staal Feels Like a Hockey Player Again

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Video: Marc Staal, Wojtek Wolski On NBC Today Show Talking Winter Classic

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Injuries hit Rangers’ defensive unit at just the wrong time

Even as Marc Staal’s progress accelerates in his recovery from the post-concussion symptoms that have sidelined him all season, the Rangers face the challenge of playing three games in the next four nights against rivalry opponents with an already thin blue line further depleted by injuries. Starting with tonight...

Practice Notes: Woywitka Game-Time Decision, Staal Skates Hard & Sauer Spotted

Andrew Gross at Rangers Rants reports that Jeff Woywitka (sore bone inside eft foot) was not optimistic about playing tomorrow night against the Islanders today and John Tortorella said he would be a game-time decision...“Maybe it was not as strong as I wanted it to be for today,” Woywitka said. “I was excited coming out today but I’ve got to talk to Rammer. Obviously...

Injury Updates: Eminger Out 8-10 Weeks, Sauer, Staal, Wolski, Bickel/Erixon Recalled

The New York Rangers released plenty of information regarding their long list of injured players today, so here goes nothing.... Steve Eminger: Eminger left Saturday's game against the Phoenix Coyotes in the second period after separating his shoulder on a hard hit that he took into the boards. Head coach John Tortorella said today that Eminger will miss eight to ten weeks...

Eminger Has Separated Shoulder, Defense In State Of Flux

What more can happen to the Rangers blue line? Marc Staal hasn’t played all year because of a concussion. Mike Sauer is out definitely because of a concussion. There was a makeshift bottom pairing that consisted of any combination of Steve Eminger, Jeff Woywitka, and Anton Stralman before the Sauer injury. Since the Sauer injury, Eminger was forced into top four duties, and played...

The Holiday Roster Freeze And Its Impact On The Rangers

Starting this morning, the NHL’s annual holiday roster freeze took effect, and will last until December 27, which is next Tuesday. What the roster freeze means is that no player can be traded or waived until the end of the freeze. It was been implemented every holiday season since the new CBA was signed, and guarantees players the safety and security of not being traded or waived...

With The Blueline Crippled, The Offense (And Dubinsky) Must Step Up

The month of December has not been kind to the New York Rangers. Already without Marc Staal, the Rangers lost two –and possibly three– more defensemen to injury during this literally painful month. Mike Sauer went down with a concussion after a thunderous Dion Phaneuf hit on December 5. Then just this past weekend, the Rangers lost Steve Eminger to a separated shoulder, and may...
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