Brooks: Staal Cleared For Light Physical Activity

November 17, 2011, by

Per Larry Brooks, there is good news on the Marc Staal injury front. Staal has been cleared for “light physical activity”, which is a step in the right direction for his overall healing process. Out for the entire season thus far with post concussion symptoms, Staal had experienced major headaches after tough workouts in the preseason, and was forced to completely shut it down for the month of October.

Despite the fact that Staal has been absent for the entire season, the Rangers have done extremely well. Currently riding a seven game win streak, Staal’s minutes have been given to Ryan McDonagh, who has more than answered the call for his team. Dan Girardi is having an All Star caliber year, and Michael Del Zotto has assumed the role of a top-four defenseman.

As good as the top four has been, is as unreliable as the bottom pairing has been. Steve Eminger has been awful, Jeff Woywitka has been inconsistent, and Brendal Bell is no longer with the club. Anton Stralman has yet to see a game, but he is hopefully going to provide some stability to the bottom pairing. If Stralman succeeds, and the Rangers get Staal back sometime soon, then the Rangers could have one of the best blue lines in hockey.

Categories : Injuries


  1. Leatherneckinlv says:

    Why would you say that Eminger and Woywitks have been unreliable? They have played well as a tandem and when you look at the defense we are number 1 in goals allowed. I think they have filled in admirably, yet I do concur that with Staal and Stralman we just may have the best “D” in the league. I just think that Woywitka and Eminger should be praised, not given derogatory grades. These lads have not been a liability and actually have been contributing to the overall success of the team

    • Dave says:

      It is painfully obvious that Torts does not trust them. They also make way too many mistakes considering they play against the worst competition among the defensemen.

      A legit bottom pairing can play 12-15 minutes a game, which would leave the top four to play 20-23 minutes a game.

  2. Scully says:

    I don’t think it’s a safe bet that Staal will be back soon at all. Light physical activity means skating. Crosby’s been out since January 2nd.