Staal May Not Accompany Rangers To Europe

September 23, 2011, by

More in the Marc Staal drama, it appears there is a chance that he will not accompany the team to Europe for their final four preseason games and first two regular season games.  Staal missed practice for a second straight day, although yesterday’s missed practice was due to a doctor’s appointment.

This is not good news for the Rangers, as Staal is the one skater they can ill afford to lose for an extended period of time.  He is an integral part of the Rangers defense, and also one of the more experienced members of a defensive core that can barely drink legally.  Concussions are evil, and the necessary precautions must be taken to preserve Staal’s long term health. If Staal misses serious time, it would be devastating.

I know I’m one to say back away from the ledge, but Staal missing the Euro-trip would be a good time to panic.  If that happens, it becomes Dan Girardi’s blue line.

Categories : Injuries, Preseason


  1. Mikeyyyy says:

    Wow. The hit didnot look bad. I bet it got worse with subsequent hits. Not on the ledge but let’s hope it’s not career threatening.

  2. Walt says:

    This is terrible news, but with the bench we have, I believe we can over come this problem. First lets hope Marc has a speedy recovery, and as stated above, it’s not career threatening.

    Now to correct this, move McD up, use Erizon on the second pairing with Sauer, and Eminger as a third pairing with V-Tank. I have posted before that we have to really look at Tank long, and hard this season, because of his age, and time in the AHL, we could lose him in the re-entry to another team, and get nothing in return. This give management time to really evaluate tank, and if he isn’t good enough, them trade hime for something in return.