by Patrick Hoffman on 09/18/11 at 07:36 PM ET
From Jesse Spector at the Daily News:
Marc Staal will not play in the Rangers’ three preseason games in North America as the Blueshirts take a cautious approach with the All-Star defenseman, who experienced headaches during offseason workouts after sustaining a previously undisclosed concussion on a hit from his brother Eric in a February game against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Staal missed three games after that hit with a sore knee, and two more in March. Rangers coach John Tortorella said today that Staal passed baseline neurological tests before returning last season, and again when he took his pre-camp physical last week.
“Hopefully it’s progressing in the right direction,” John Tortorella said. “That’s what we’re looking to try to get him to, is to start Opening Night (on Oct. 7 in Stockholm against the Kings).”
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