More in the Marc Staal drama, it appears there is a chance that he will not accompany the team to Europe for their final four preseason games and first two regular season games. Staal missed practice for a second straight day, although yesterday’s missed practice was due to a doctor’s appointment.
This is not good news for the Rangers, as Staal is the one skater they can ill afford to lose for an extended period of time. He is an integral part of the Rangers defense, and also one of the more experienced members of a defensive core that can barely drink legally. Concussions are evil, and the necessary precautions must be taken to preserve Staal’s long term health. If Staal misses serious time, it would be devastating.
I know I’m one to say back away from the ledge, but Staal missing the Euro-trip would be a good time to panic. If that happens, it becomes Dan Girardi’s blue line.