Marc Staal D NYR 1 month ago

Staal (undisclosed) will be "good to go" for Game 1 of the Rangers' first-round playoff series Thursday against the Penguins, NHL.com's Dan Rosen reports.

Staal returned to practice Tuesday and suggested he "felt really good," eliminating any concern about his availability for the playoffs. While his offensive numbers didn't jump off the page (five goals, 20 points in 80 games), Staal led all Rangers blueliners in PIM (42) and ranked second and third in hits (99) and blocks (123), respectively. He's a critical anchor on the team's back end.

Marc Staal D NYR 1 month ago

Staal (undisclosed) practiced Tuesday, Andrew Gross of The Record reports.

Staal, who missed the Rangers' last two regular season games with an undisclosed issue, worked on a defensive pairing with Dan Boyle on Tuesday, thus putting him on track to be available for Thursday's playoff opener against the Penguins.

Marc Staal D NYR 1 month ago

Staal (undisclosed) will not play in Saturday's regular-season finale against the Capitals, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports.

The unspecified injury prevented Staal from practicing Friday, which ended any chance he had at playing Saturday afternoon. The Rangers continue to classify Staal as day-to-day, with coach Alain Vigneault optimistic the blueliner will be available for Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs.

Marc Staal D NYR 2 months ago

According to coach Alain Vigneault, Staal is day-to-day with an unspecified injury, Andrew Gross of The Record reports.

The report notes that Staal took a shoulder-first tumble into the boards Tuesday against the Devils, so the blueliner will sit out Thursday's game against the Sens, as a result.

Marc Staal D NYR 2 months ago

Staal is slated to sit out Thursday's game against the Senators, Andrew Gross of The Record reports.

Staal, Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello did not skate with the team Thursday morning, with the trio slated to earn a breather, with the Rangers having already clinched the top playoff seed in the NHL.

Marc Staal D NYR 2 months ago

Staal was a plus-1 in Thursday's win over Ottawa.

Although Staal (one assist in his last 11 games) hasn't had much of an impact to fantasy owners in quite some time, surely this comes as a relief to his teammates and coaching staff. After missing practice on Wednesday with what was labeled as a maintenance day and not participating in Thursday's optional practice it's good for everyone to see the 28-year-old stay at home defenseman return to his 21-plus minutes of ice time a game.

Marc Staal D NYR 3 months ago

Staal registered an assist during Sunday's shootout win over Columbus.

Who is this re-invigorated mad man playing on the team's blue line? While his 16 points in 58 games played is no where near his career-high of 29 points in the 2010-11 campaign, Staal has consistently pitched in as of late, posting a goal and five assists in his last seven contests. You may want to consider his services if need be.

Marc Staal D NYR 3 months ago

Staal dished out a pair of helpers and went plus-2 during Tuesday's win over the Leafs.A sharp game for the blueliner, who also racked up three hits and four blocked shots. Unfortunately, Staal still owns just 12 points on the season and doesn't often join the rush in his defensively oriented role.

Marc Staal D NYR 4 months ago

Staal potted his third goal of the season in Monday's 6-3 win over the Panthers.

Staal has collected three points in his last seven games, an unusually high pace for the 28-year-old. The blueliner recently re-upped with the Rangers on a six-year deal, but his value is much higher for the Blueshirts than for fantasy owners.

Marc Staal D NYR 4 months ago

Staal has agreed to a six-year contract extension with the Rangers worth $5.7 million per season, ESPN.com reports.

Staal, who has recorded two goals and six assists in 42 games this season, had been on track to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He's only a factor in deeper fantasy formats, but his steady presence on the team's blue line is clearly valued by the Rangers.