It’s been a tough two days for the Rangers in terms of catching the injury bug. Both Artem Anisimov and Michael Sauer were held out of the first day of camp due to leg issues, and it was discovered today that Marc Staal has been held out of scrimmages with post-concussion syndrome.
According to Andrew Gross at Rangers Rants, Staal has been experiencing symptoms all summer long and will be held out of the initial three pre-season games at a minimum. It is believe the symptoms are the result of the hit Staal received from his brother Eric in late February, when the Rangers defeated the Hurricanes 4-3 in a shootout.
Staal took part in the team’s practice following the scrimmages Sunday.
In addition to Staal, Sauer continued to miss time and Brandon Prust was held out due to shoulder problems. Gross said Prust will most likely be held out of all scrimmages because he is still rehabbing from shoulder surgery over four months ago.
Not good to see all these injuries this early in training camp. I’ve already discussed Anisimov and Sauer, but not good to see Staal out with an injury like that. Concussion are so hard to gauge and treat, and is unlike any other injury a player will deal with. Prust seems like just a pre-caution, and if it was the regular season he’d be playing. Either way, the injury bug appears to have found a target with this Rangers team.
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