Marc Staal Injury Update: Staal Improving, Still No Timetable For Return

Marc Staal, who has been skating lightly for the past couple of week, traveled with the New York Rangers for their game against Carolina, and spoke to media members today.

Andrew Gross has the whole thing covered via twitter:

Andrew Gross
Marc Staal says being shut down for a month was shocking and hard to deal with. Says his conditioning has really suffered.
Andrew Gross
Marc Staal says it's been a couple of weeks without headaches but he still has some bad days sprinkled in.
Andrew Gross
Marc Staal says based on his rate of improvement he hopes to play this season. Too soon for a timetable.

Let's make something clear here. Staal can visit as many doctors and specialists as he wants, but Marc Staal is going to be the one who ultimately decides when he can play again. Concussions are a very tricky situation, and every single one of them is experienced differently.

Staal is the only one who knows how bad the headaches are (they're improving) and, like Sidney Crosby's situation, he needs to be the one who gives the OK. If rushed back he could have his career ruined like Marc Savard, but if handled properly he can be back to his normal level of play when he returns.

For now, it's getting better. It might be slow progress, but it's better than no progress at all.

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