Staal (Marc) came back in March and played all the way until the Rangers were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. He said it was “his decision to play,” though maybe he “sugar coated things” with regards to how he actually felt.
The Rangers (13-5-3) have been rolling along just fine without Staal, but you have to wonder how long before fatigue becomes a factor for fellow blue-liners Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh. Both defensemen have been forced to play big minutes in Staal’s absence. Girardi’s 27:41 per game is the highest in the NHL.
Stars place Lehtonen on IR, call up Campbell and Nemeth
Tim Gleason has likely played his last NHL game. The 32-year-old defenseman has informed the Carolina Hurricanes that he no longer wishes to continue his professional tryout.
“Tim informed us today he wasn’t going to continue to pursue his tryout,” said GM Ron Francis, per the club’s website. “He looked and felt good physically, but didn’t feel up to the grind of the NHL mentally.”
“We got outcompeted in the second period, badly,” Mark Letestu told the team’s website. “Whether it was little puck battles or even just executing on systems. It played right into their game. When you get behind a team like this that’s so dominant in the circle it’s tough to generate chances to come back. We didn’t deserve to win this one at all.”
As if things weren’t bad enough, the Oilers also lost Nail Yakupovto injury after a linesman (yes, a linesman) fell on top of him.
After the game, head coach Todd McLellan didn’t hold back:
"That's a really disappointing effort from our hockey club… We weren't a very determined team." McLellan on the #Oilers defeat