Marc Staal Update ("Feeling really good, no limitations")
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08-27-2013, 10:10 PM
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Despite the fact Marc Staal's vision in his right eye is slightly blurry and may always be, the New York Rangers defenseman is proclaiming himself 100 percent healthy and ready to rediscover his All-Star form starting at training camp in September.
"The eye is still not normal, but I feel back to normal," Staal told NHL.com Tuesday at Canada Olympic orientation camp. "I don't see myself having any issues once camp starts. It'll be good to get into camp to get that timing and feeling back, but I'm excited for that to get that started, get that rolling."
"I went out with Jordan and Jared for a skate, and after the skate I realized I hadn't thought about it once," Staal said. "While I was doing all the drills, quick drills, things like that, my focus wasn't on thinking about what I was doing, it was more about just doing it. Right after that skate I was like, 'OK, this is going to be fine.'"
"When you're sitting in the doctor's office and he tells you your eye probably won't come back to normal, that was a hard day," Staal said. "That was about a week-and-a-half after [the injury]. They told me originally that I would be all right, but once the blood started flushing out of there they started to see a little more damage. The next thing he said is, 'You're still going to play.' But you still don't know if you're going to get back to that level, and obviously that's what I have to prove. I'm anxious to do that."
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