An update on Marc Staal and the eye injury he occurred. According to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News via Twitter, the New York Rangers have placed Staal on the IR and barring any setbacks, the club expects the young defenseman to miss at least the next 2-3 weeks.
— Pat Leonard (@NYDNRangers) March 11, 2013
Update*** According to a report on TSN.ca, the New York Rangers released a statement that indicated Marc Staal’s eye injury has “improved significantly”, but the defenseman will remain sidelined indefinitely.
The Rangers indicated that Staal was evaluated by Dr. Mark Fromer, an ophthalmologist, and Dr. Mendel Markowitz, a maxillofacial surgeon back in New York. Both the club and the Staal family are optimistic that Marc will make a full recovery.
According to Dan Rosen, senior hockey writer for NHL.com, the New York Rangers are waiting for the swelling to subside before determining the extent of the injury that defenseman, Marc Staal sustained in Tuesday’s victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Staal was the victim of an errant puck that was deflected and subsequently struck the second oldest Staal brother in the right eye, who was not wearing a visor. Since the injury, the Twitter world has blown up with discussions over whether or not visors should be made mandatory in the NHL.
Rosen spoke with the oldest brother and Carolina Hurricanes superstar, Eric Staal about the injury that Marc has sustained despite the Rangers not releasing a formal statement or injury update.
“It’s hard to say now. They’re just waiting for the swelling to go down.”
Eric further informed Rosen that he did speak with his younger brother over the phone on Wednesday morning and while the extent of the injury is not yet known, Marc is staying positive.
“He sounded like he was in OK spirits but we don’t know a lot right now. Obviously we’re saying prayers and hoping he dodged a bullet as far as being struck in that area. We’ll know more with some more time.”
Rosen reports that Eric was notified immediately after the Hurricanes victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday by Ron Francis, about his brother’s injury.
There has been talk that the Rangers don’t believe the injury to be career threatening, but as of now, nothing has been confirmed.
Oddly enough, all three Staal brother do not wear a visor when they play. At least not up until last night. It’ll be interesting to see if Eric and Jordan adapt to play the game with the half shield after watching their brother suffer through a terrible injury.
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