Well the bad news that most were expecting rained down today, as the New York Rangers announced All Star defenseman Marc Staal will not be traveling with the team as the head to Europe following tomorrow night’s preseason tilt with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Staal has been battling post-concussion syndrome all summer and throughout training camp, which has prevented him from participating in scrimmages and the first two preseason games against the New Jersey Devils.
“He practiced well,” said head coach John Tortorella following today’s practice. “[The specialists], that’s ongoing, we’re not looking for results. This is just an ongoing procedure to try and help him. He will not be on the trip. We’re hoping as he continues his procedures with the specialists…I’ll have an update in four or five days. We’re going to try and get him on the trip.”
The team hasn’t ruled out Staal for the season opener Oct. 7 against the Los Angeles Kings in Sweden.
As frustrating as the news is for Rangers fans- and the team- the organization is doing the right thing. Concussions are so difficult to treat and gauge that the best medicine is time. He’ll be back eventually, and better he miss preseason games in September and October than big games in April and (hopefully) May.