The good news is David Perron looked very normal the other night and didn't shy away from contact. There are examples of both post concussion return scenerios. Let's hope Marc is more like Perron than Cindy.
He's not going to jump right back in and he might be tentative at first with taking hits and stuff, and yeah, he'll probably get eased into the lineup and the decision on whether to take apart the McDonagh/Girardi pair will be made down the road
I really wish one of Del Zotto, Staal, and McDonagh played the right side...
Hopefully, but he can't play tentative... When you try to protect yourself in situations like this, that is when you end up actually getting hurt. Make the same plays and we have to hope for the best... If he's back on the ice for us, he has to fully commit to the idea that he can't be hurt again. If he does get hurt, then it just sucks. Part of being good in sports is not getting injured.
Marc Staal came off the ice sweating and smiling today, going through one of his hardest skates yet along with extras Sean Avery, Erik Christensen and fellow injured player Wojtek Wolski after the regular portion of the morning skate, which he also participated in.
Staal said he feels stronger on his skates and that he has more endurance as he continues to build to a return from post-concussion symptoms.
“I feel like a hockey player again,” said Staal, before I asked whether he’s at the point where he’s not worrying about a recurrence of headaches. “It’s definitely getting a lot better. I feel better through the whole workout. Afterwords, it doesn’t feel like a could following me around. Still, in the back of my mind, I’m wondering when or if it might hit me.”
“I haven’t had any bad days mixed in for a while,” said Staal, who did not participate in contact drills the handful of days he skated in training camp. “I’m still trying to get into better shape and get my conditioning back to where it was, but I’m getting closer, I’m making progress.
“It’s fun for me to come to the rink. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt that way.”
Yeah, great to hear his optimism, but I ballpark that at around a 1% chance of going down. We've waited this long, and even though it's a big nationally televised game, it means the same in the standings as the next one. Don't rush it, we can wait. We'll have another one in NY in a few years that you can be a part of.
Yea idk why people keep calling this a once in a lifetime oppurtunity. The pinstripe bowl deal runs out 2014, The NHL is waiting for the deal one of the most garbage bowl games to expire, the Yankees already said they want hockey there. Now thats ONCE IN A LIFETIME, an outdoor hockey game in Yankee Stadium, that would be worth the money. Not that crapshoot in philly. As for staaly, as much as I would love it, dont rush him at all. I want him cleared for contact at least 2 weeks before he plays.
I want Staal to play in the WC, but at the same time I don't. It's the ****ing Flyers and it's a ramped up, high emotional, full of adrenaline game. Last thing we need is Staal to suffer from those idiots on the Flyers and get set-back ala Crosby
I don't want Staal anywhere near the Winter Classic. He hasn't even been cleared for contact, and we're less than 2 weeks away. That game is going to be nasty and physical, and there are a couple Flyers who are definitely not above trying to cheapshot a returning concussed player.
I personally want to see Staal playing contact hockey in our practices, getting hit for at least a month before making his season debut. The last thing I want is a Crosby scenario. Where we are in the standings right now, we have the luxury of letting Staal get completely healthy before putting him in the lineup. Even with our patchwork defense, we still have one of the best GA numbers in the league.