Marc Staal is he not what we think ?
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03-28-2012, 07:59 PM
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Originally Posted by
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You cant use the 2011 playoffs as a barometer, since it was post concussion. Staal was very good defending a 56-goal Ovechkin in the 2009 playoffs, and his 2008 playoffs were very solid for a rookie.
His concussion was in March. Staal was cleared for contact in December, cleared for workouts in November.
If Staal is playing like crap because of his lack of conditioning, why was he rushed back? The Rangers didn't necessarily need him. MDZ, MacD and Girardi were playing their best hockey of the season. The Rangers went 8-3-1 from the Sauer injury to the last game before Staal. 23-9-4 without Staal.
Staal has played on or played like a bottom 5-6 his entire time back, give or take a few games. They brought Staal back thinking he would be 2009 Staal, and ignored the position upgrade at the deadline.
So what is it? Did the Rangers rush Staal back, or did Staal feel like he was ready and convince the Rangers he could perform at an elite level.
Either way, in retrospect, i dont think either was a good decision.
There's no way to get back into the game except to play. That's normally what happens in training camp and the beginning of the season. Unfortunately, there's no replacement for a full offseason of training. They brought Staal back because he was physically recovered from his concussion. They likely didn't expect him to step right back in as an All Star defenseman again. A lesser Marc Staal is better than many other defenseman, and it's giving him a chance to get his timing back.
Would you rather he was just not doing anything right now? Would you rather have Eminger, Stralman, and Bickel playing every night?
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