let me preface this by saying i hate eric staal...and marc staal is far and away my favorite current ranger
i have no beef with that hit whatsoever
marc was asking to get popped creeping up the boards with his head down watching the puck, i'd want a player on my team to make that hit 10 out of 10 times
eric stayed on his feet, led with his shoulder, and made contat with marc's upper chest/shoulder. If marc had his head and up body in the right place, carolina's board would have a thread about eric breaking his collarbone trying to layout his brother
It's a joke that any family member would do that to another. I know people want to hype up the whole idea of it shouldn't matter on the ice, ala the Primeau brothers, but that is bs...
Bottom line is that you figure Marc is gonna have kids, so you are messing with your nieces and nephews well being and not only just your brother.
You don't avoid the hit, but you just don't give the next level effort of driving him through the ice.
Right, I'm sure he was thinking "I'm gonna give my brother a concussion and hopefully jeopardize his career!"
He was thinking "I'm gonna catch this ******* with his head down".
It is a part of hockey. It is unfortunate Marc hit the ice the way he did. Hopefully he makes a speedy recovery, because we do need him to do any serious damage this season (contrary to what some jokers are saying).
so why is everyone freaking out? Staal is being eased back in like he should ,whatever, start freaking out if he doesnt play overseas. They said he is going to not play in NA and there is nothign wrong with that
he starts the yr and we dont trade for another Dman. These rumors happened last yr saying we need a vet 6th dman and then McD an Sauer did great
same rumors this yr and DZ and Erixon will do great
Lets keep the fingers crossed that Staal will be ready by the beginning of the season...Still,as a team the Rangers left themselves open to this by not obtaining a worthy D-man in the off season and entering the preseason with two 2nd year players as their 2nd pair and a bunch of unproven kids and an Emmiger as the rest....Any long term injury to Staal or GIrardi and the Rangers already suspect D is in shambles..I thought the shot blocking Giraridi was the higher injury risk..
You said it. While the conspiracy theories/examining a hit from 7 months ago like its the damn Zapruder film if funny, what I find particularly appauling are the few people who are trying to say this wouldn't be a huge loss if he cant start the season.
Besides losing Lundqvist, its probably THE biggest loss for this team. People that have been watching hockey for 35 years cant realize how important Staal is? Seemingly because he doesnt provide much offense?? Thats absurd.
This defense is a house of cards ready to collapse if you remove the main cog in Marc Staal.