Well now it is official: Marc Staal has another concussion. This is his second in the past two years. The first one was a very serious concussion that he suffered at the hands of his older brother Eric Staal. Staal played the rest of the season with the concussion, which made it worse. He eventually missed the first 36 games of the 2011-2012 season.
Staal is one of the New York Rangers‘ top four defenseman. This season hasn’t been one of his best as he has looked a little uncomfortable at times in Alain Vigneault‘s new system. He looked really good in the preseason, but his play has been inconsistent as has the rest of the Rangers. But, Staal is still a very important piece to this team. The Rangers have invested a lot in him, so they must make sure he comes back 100 percent healthy.
Vigneault said that the trainers do not believe that Staal’s concussion this time is as serious as his last one. With that being said, that is no reason to expect him back in the lineup any time soon. I would expect him to miss at least a month.
The Rangers have to be very careful with this. They are not very deep at defenseman and don’t have the luxury of being able to plug someone in. If Staal comes back to early and gets re-injured, it would kill the defense. Right now, it also hurts them because they have to hold onto Michael Del Zotto since they are so thin.
This injury hurts the Rangers big-time in a lot of different areas, but New York can’t afford to rush Staal back.