Perhaps Torts had an issue with Staal pulling himself out since he clearly thought Staal was well enough to handle playing since he gave him 17+ minutes. McD's comment could have been his way of showing Staal his support where he wasn't getting any from his coach.
"I'll wake up [Saturday] and go at it again," Staal said. "With this thing, the way I've been dealing with it is I wake up in the morning and take it from there. I couldn't speculate one way or the other."
dude got hit from behind... it was a boardin call, anyone in that situation wouldve and couldve been hurt badly.. hes not fragile just plays a physical game, that puts him in situations to possibly be hurt