Over at Blueshirts United, Jim Cerny reports that Marc Staal's conditioning and on-ice play look stronger by the day, and he got a great workout Monday defending against the Rangers top power play unit in the second part of practice.
Here's Staal on his status…
"I haven't written myself off," Staal said of possibly playing at some point against in the Capitals series. "As of right now I have not made a decision one way or the other. Just every day I get more work in and try and improve and get ready."
…yesterday, I was convinced that Staal would not be available for the series, but this report has at least given me a glimmer of hope. Different perceptions of Staal's injury from the beat writers is making it tough to gauge his status. To me the main concern is obviously whether he's comfortable with his vision. Even if he has a minor doubt, I hope he's kept out of the line-up.
Here's Staal on those concerns (via New York Post)…
“It’s not a 100-percent kind of thing,” Staal said, “but I have to get to the point where I’m confident and comfortable that I can play my game and not put myself in a position where I’m physically vulnerable because I’m not reacting quickly enough to the speed of the game around me.
“Some days have been better than others.”