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Marc Staal Talks Visors

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

If he had to do it all over again, Marc Staal would have been wearing a visor when a shot by Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Kimmo Timonen crashed into his right eye on Mar. 5. While he was fortunate to escape a career-threatening eye injury, the New York Rangers defenceman suffered facial fractures and still does not know when he can play again because his vision is not yet fully restored.

“It was the first thing that went through my mind when I hit the ice,” Staal said Tuesday in his first public statements since the injury. “I should have been wearing a visor. But hindsight is 20/20.

Like his brothers Eric and Jordan, who play for the Carolina Hurricanes and who both were frightened into wearing visors after the youngest Staal was injured, Marc will wear a visor when he returns to the Rangers lineup. Just when that will be is not certain, although there is speculation he could be ready for the NHL playoffs at the end of the month.

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added 3:52pm, Watch below as Marc Staal answers some questions from the media today...

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I believe we will see a time when every player will be wearing a visor.  As with all change there’s some pushback, but it was the same when helmets were grandfathered in. I remember when a player was called a wuss for playing with a helmet. Today if we see a dislodged helmet skidding on the ice, everyone gets a little nervous til the player gets it back on his brain.

Posted by Frosty on 04/09/13 at 03:42 PM ET

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I should have been wearing a visor. But hindsight is 20/20.

For Marc, even hindsight is far worse than 20/20 now.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 04/10/13 at 07:37 AM ET

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