New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Fully recovered from injuries, New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and his brother, Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal, are ready for the upcoming NHL season.
Marc suffered a massive eye injury last season when he took a shot square to the face while Eric sustained a knee injury when he was hit by Swedish defenseman Alex Edler during the World Championship.
The eye injury caused Marc to miss the remainder of the regular season and all but one game in the playoffs for the Rangers.
“It was more of just adapting to the depth perception and things like that when I was coming back,” Marc said at Canada’s Olympic camp in Calgary. “It just wasn’t clicking when I was trying to come back in the playoffs there.”
Marc said there will be no limitation with regards to his playing style as he has completely recovered from the injury.
“Limitations? I have no limitations at all. From the time I was cleared to start working out, there wasn’t anything I couldn’t do as far as physically getting ready,” he said.
For his part, Eric recovered quickly from the knee injury despite estimates that he could miss part of the upcoming season.
“I feel better than I thought I would, to be honest,” Eric said. “Now at this point, at the end of August, I’ve been skating a few times now and I feel there won’t be any issues when training camp starts.”
With their full recovery, the two will join their other brother Jordan in competing for spots in the Canadian Olympic roster in the early part of the season.