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Marc Staal Sees A Different Game

from Howie Kussoy of the New York Post,

Staal played 17:17, alongside Anton Stralman, and said he felt good physically and with his conditioning, while acknowledging his timing needs improvement, particularly in making his return to the faster pace of the playoffs.

Staal said his return was delayed by issues that arose with his eye last week, which have since cleared, but the game he returned to was not the game he had been seeing since he was a child.

“I could tell on the ice, it’s different,” said Staal. “You play your whole life with 20/20 vision and then you step out there and things definitely have changed. There are certain plays I saw a little different, but nothing I can’t get used to.

“You’re not used to playing, so that’s what’s constantly in your head, as to where if you don’t have it you’re just reacting, playing and your instincts just take over. I just want to get to that point as soon as possible.”

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Primis's avatar

So does he have permanent vision impairment then?

Posted by Primis on 05/07/13 at 10:04 AM ET

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So does he have permanent vision impairment then?

I had the same question after reading this—glad it’s not just me.  Seems like the article should have addressed this more specifically, since it’s kind a key point.

Posted by Lex Talionis on 05/07/13 at 12:18 PM ET

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from the Daily News on May 2nd,

When Staal first returned to the ice, he said the blurry eyesight in his right eye was improving gradually. On Thursday, when asked if that were still the case, Staal said: “Not that I can noticeably tell. I’m getting used to it. It could be three, four months and still gradually improving, the doctors said. So honestly I can’t really gauge (whether it will continue to improve).”

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/07/13 at 01:43 PM ET

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