Summer of Healing Needed for Blueshirts
By Matt Calamia (Twitter)
With the postseason behind them, the Rangers will literally and figuratively limp into the offseason after several Blueshirts discussed their injuries on Monday at the team’s breakup day.
The most in-depth injury update came from defenseman Marc Staal, who has been battling an eye injury since March 5, when a puck caught him just below the helmet. The injury essentially ended the 26-year-old’s season, aside from one start in Game 3 against the Washington Capitals.
Staal said the puck caused a tear inside of his right eye, which has caused the pressure inside of it to fluctuate. That, in turn, led to him suffering cramps and disorientation.
The hope, according to Staal, is that he’ll be good to go by training camp in September.
“My belief is once everything settles down and I get comfortable with it, I’ll never have to be asked about it again,” Staal said on Monday. “I don’t think it will be an issue.”
Darroll Powe, who missed the final nine games of the playoffs, admitted that he suffered a concussion in Game 3 against the Capitals after a hit from Washington’s Joel Ward.
“It’s definitely not fun,” Powe said of dealing with the concussion. “It’s not something you can set out a rehab schedule. It’s a lot of day-to-day, a lot of unknown. It’s tough to deal with, especially when you’re anxious to get back at playoff time.”
The concussion was Powe’s second of the season, with the first coming Feb. 17, also against the Capitals. Powe, though, said the two injuries had different feelings.
“It was different this time around,” Powe said. “It’s hard to explain. You don’t feel very good and it doesn’t help when you’re not playing and not doing anything.”
He added that he has been feeling better and that he is not worried about his healthy moving forward after sustaining two head injuries in three months.
One of the more recent names added to the injured list was defenseman Anton Stralman, who suffered both a facial fracture and a dislocated shoulder in Game 4 on a hit from Boston’s Milan Lucic.
Stralman said the shoulder kept him out of Game 5, but that he was hopeful he would have been able to play if the Rangers forced a Game 6, albeit with a facial cage. He said he does not need to undergo treatment this summer for either issue.
“It comes with the territory,” Stralman said Monday of the injuries. “Once in a while, there’s not much you can do about it.”
Forward Ryane Clowe, who battled injuries towards the end of the regular season and in the playoffs, was tight-lipped on Monday and did not discuss what plagued him in the final weeks of the season. Clowe, who was injured twice at the end of the season and appeared in just two postseason games.
Defenseman John Moore, as well as Carl Hagelin and Derek Stepan, both played through facial injuries during the five-game series against the Bruins. Moore lost six teeth — including the front four on the bottom of his mouth — after he got hit in the face with a puck in Game 1. He said he will be visiting a dentist this summer to help repair the damage. Hagelin, meanwhile, had a cut above his top lip from a high-stick, and Stepan was hit around the mouth area by a puck, and received about six stitches.
Finally, both Rick Nash and Brad Richards said they were not playing through injuries throughout he playoffs.
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