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Rangers fear (another) Staal head injury

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07:37 AM ET 12.09 | Generally, a comparison to Sidney Crosby would be considered an honor, but not in this case. [Rangers alternate captain] Marc Staal could be in unfortunate company with the Pittsburgh Penguins star. Staal, 26, is being treated for "neck issues" and is experiencing "some symptoms," coach Alain Vigneault said Sunday, after Staal took a shoulder to the chin from Devils forward Reid Boucher 6:41 into Saturday night's third period at the Garden. Vigneault said the Rangers are not sure yet whether the defenseman's symptoms are concussion-related, but even if they are not, that is not automatically good news. Pittsburgh's Crosby played only eight games between Jan. 5, 2011, and March 15, 2012, due not only to two likely concussions but also because of concussion-like symptoms caused by a soft-tissue neck injury.

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December 9, 2013  08:59 AM ET

Feel bad for him. Rangers need him too.

December 9, 2013  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Man, this kid's taking a beating.

he sure does...and as noted, he is missed/needed back ther.
but first off, let's hope he's okay

December 9, 2013  09:46 AM ET

Reid Boucher's got three other brothers to watch out for now.

(Jared will make it someday)

December 9, 2013  10:04 AM ET

Sounds like they learned from what Sid went through, or maybe the Rags have some better team doctors. Hopefully they can start treating him properly now so he doesn't have to miss the time Sid did.

December 9, 2013  10:31 AM ET

Saw the hit, man my neck was sore for a few minutes.

December 9, 2013  10:36 AM ET
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Saw the hit, man my neck was sore for a few minutes.

I missed it. Was it at least clean?

December 9, 2013  10:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Man, this kid's taking a beating.

Soon he'll have to wear a deep sea diving suit. His pregame routine might look something like this ....

December 9, 2013  10:47 AM ET

Dude cant get 100% healthy. I thought it was a clean hit, unintentional. He stepped up on a chipped puck along the boards in the Dzone and when they came together Boucher's shoulder hit Staal in the chin as he was reaching for the puck.

December 9, 2013  10:48 AM ET

Marc knows something is up. He immediately skated for the gate at MSG after the whistle and proceeded to take his helmet off and spike it into the floor.

December 9, 2013  10:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I missed it. Was it at least clean?

I thought so, shoulder to the neck, no stick or elbow.

December 9, 2013  03:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Dude cant get 100% healthy. I thought it was a clean hit, unintentional. He stepped up on a chipped puck along the boards in the Dzone and when they came together Boucher's shoulder hit Staal in the chin as he was reaching for the puck.

What? Are you kidding me? And Boucher, errr, Orpik wouldnt fight Dorsett errr Thornton aftwerwards?

Oops, wrong thread.

 
December 10, 2013  11:38 AM ET

Yup, even the lil' chilluns is a doin' it, doin' it, doin it... Sue the Bettdung... charge the Bettdung... fire the Bettdung... jail the Bettdung.

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