Of the three Staal brothers who’ve played significant time in the NHL, Marc is the least acclaimed, and the only one who doesn’t have his name on the Stanley Cup. Another distinguishing article of Marc Staal’s career is his ongoing bout with concussions and head injuries – a bout that has caused him to miss more than 100 games over the last three seasons.
Staal was unable to complete his team’s Saturday night inter-division game against the New Jersey Devils, leaving late with an apparent upper-body injury. New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault said the following of his defenceman’s early departure:
“He took a shoulder to the chin and didn’t feel quite right so they are evaluating him now and we’ll have an update tomorrow”
Today the injury was diagnosed as a concussion:
Staal has comcussion. Not as bad as previous
— Steve Zipay (@stevezipay) December 10, 2013
For Marc Staal, concussion problem is becoming concussion problems. The Blueshirts’ blueliner missed the second half and majority of the playoffs last season with an eye injury suffered after taking a puck to the face, and was sidelined for significant time in 2010-11 with a concussion.
Patience and rest is often the best course of action for a head injury, therefore, Marc Staal may be forced to miss awhile’s worth of time over the next bit. Although, initial word from N.Y. suggests this concussion is not as bad as the previous one:
Catching up …. Marc Staal does indeed have another concussion. Rangers don't believe it's as severe as the previous one.
— Rangers Report (@rangersreport) December 10, 2013