• SHARE:
  • email
  • Bookmark and Share

Doctors optimistic Rangers defenceman Marc Staal will recover fully from eye injury

FILE - In this March 19, 2012 file photo, Washington Capitals defenseman Roman Hamrlik, of the Czech Republic, waits for a pass during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings in Detroit. The Rangers are adding veteran defenseman Hamrlik to the roster while they wait to find out the severity of Marc Staal's eye injury. New York claimed the 38-year-old Hamrlik off waivers from the Capitals on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, one day after Staal was struck in the eye by a deflected puck in the third period of the Rangers' 4-2 win over Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Zoom Image

FILE - In this March 19, 2012 file photo, Washington Capitals defenseman Roman Hamrlik, of the Czech Republic, waits for a pass during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings in Detroit. The Rangers are adding veteran defenseman Hamrlik to the roster while they wait to find out the severity of Marc Staal's eye injury. New York claimed the 38-year-old Hamrlik off waivers from the Capitals on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, one day after Staal was struck in the eye by a deflected puck in the third period of the Rangers' 4-2 win over Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Doctors are optimistic that New York Rangers defenceman Marc Staal will recover fully after being struck in the eye by a deflected puck.

Staal was injured Tuesday night in the third period of New York's 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. The 26-year-old defenceman will be sidelined indefinitely, but was already showing improvement on Wednesday, the Rangers said in a statement.

Staal's specific injury hasn't been disclosed.

"Marc Staal was examined today in New York by Dr. Mark Fromer, ophthalmologist, and Dr. Mendel Markowitz, maxillofacial surgeon," the statement said. "The injury has improved significantly and both doctors are optimistic that Marc will make a full recovery."

Staal went down 5:45 into the third period when a shot by Philadelphia defenceman Kimmo Timonen from the blue line clipped the stick of Flyers forward Jake Voracek and caromed up into Staal's eye, causing a cut. Staal, who wasn't wearing a visor, writhed on the ice and kicked his legs. He held his face while he was down and when he skated off the ice, assisted by a Rangers trainer, toward the dressing room.

Staal has two goals and nine assists this season while playing in all 21 games. He had one goal and seven assists in the 13 games before Tuesday, and logged a game-high 27 minutes, 14 seconds of ice time in New York's shootout win over Buffalo on Sunday.

He was on the ice for more than 18 minutes on Tuesday before he was injured.

The Rangers added veteran depth to their defence corps on Wednesday when Roman Hamrlik was claimed off waivers from the Washington Capitals.

The 38-year-old Hamrlik, the active leader with 1,383 NHL games played, was waived by the Capitals on Tuesday after playing in only four games this season. He is in the final season of a two-year, $7 million contract.

Hamrlik played in Washington's first three games this season before being scratched for seven straight games. He returned to the lineup Feb. 7 at Pittsburgh, then sat out nine more games before being waived.

After being chosen No. 1 overall in the 1992 NHL draft, Hamrlik has 155 goals and 483 assists with Tampa Bay, Edmonton, the New York Islanders, Calgary, Montreal and Washington. He has one assist this season.

The Rangers return to action Thursday night at the New York Islanders and then will host the Ottawa Senators on Friday before heading out on a four-game road trip.

More Stories

Maple Leafs sign Swedish defenceman Viktor Loov to three-year entry-level deal

TORONTO - The Toronto Maple Leafs signed defenceman Viktor Loov to a three-year entry-level...

Oilers GM gives coach a vote of confidence and says he's optimistic about future

EDMONTON - Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish feels optimistic about his team's future...

Panthers defenceman Ed Jovanovski fined $5,000 by NHL for elbowing Blue Jackets' Corey Tropp

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Florida Panthers defenceman Ed Jovanovski was fined $5,000 by the NHL on Sunday...

Defenceman Adam Pardy finds new hockey life at 30 with the Winnipeg Jets

WINNIPEG - Life in the NHL can begin anew at 30, at least for Winnipeg Jets defenceman Adam...
blog comments powered by Disqus

THN on Twitter

Which team will win Game 3 of the Montreal-Tampa Bay series?




Contests

Our Partners