Per Larry Brooks, the reason Marc Staal has been held out of play (with an Alain Vigneault “upper body injury” special) was due to post-concussion syndrome.
Marc Staal’s status is unclear for the short-term as he recovers from apparent post-concussion symptoms that sidelined him for the Rangers’ final two games prior to this bye week, The Post has learned.
Staal, who has been working out at the club’s practice facility this week, did not go through the NHL’s concussion protocol after he was held out of last week’s games in Philadelphia and Columbus with what was announced as an unidentified “upper body” injury.
There’s no timetable for his return, although this does color the picture a little bit more with him being out. Concussions, as you’re well aware, are a case-by-case situation, and there’s no real way to accurately forecast a return.
Adam Clendneing has filled in for Staal with him missing time, and that will continue to remain the case moving forward. For now that’s not a big deal, and the consistent playing time might allow Clendening to slide into a more comfortable groove now that he’s not on the bench.