While he insisted that his big hit won’t end his brother’s career, Eric Staal spoke with NHL.com’s Dan Rosen about his remorse regarding the tough road back for Marc Staal.
“I wouldn’t say it has kept me awake at night, but it’s tough,” Eric Staal said. “If I could take it back I probably wouldn’t hit him knowing where we’ve gone and what has gone on since then. But it was one of those plays, bang-bang, happens so quickly, and I hit him hard.”
He sure did. Eric said that was the hardest he ever hit Marc – and that goes way back to their childhoods in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The most pertinent piece of information might be that Eric said that Marc isn’t close to a return, as the New York Rangers defenseman continues to deal with headaches when he pushes the pace of his workouts.
We’ll keep you updated on what might be a “slow process” for Marc Staal, which might just cause a few sleepless nights for the Rangers’ brass.
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It’s going to be interesting to see if Hammond can replicate the success he had last season, when he came out of nowhere to go 20-1-2 with a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage, and finish seventh in Vezina voting.