Marc Staal has been dealing with concussion symptoms since December 7, when New Jersey Devils forward Reid Boucher hit him in the chin. NHL.com is reporting that the New York Rangers defenseman has began skating again, but there is no timetable available for his return.
He spoke to Dan Rosen of the league’s official site about the hit and how he felt afterwards:
Everything kind of went silent except for a really loud ringing in my ears and I got a headache immediately after I got hit. Right then obviously I knew something was wrong so I just got off the ice and tried to deal with it.
Staal went on to describe his progress over the last week:
The same workout I did last week that I had a tough time with, I did this week and got through it fine. It’s a gauge and you just keep ramping it up as you feel better. That’s what I’ve been doing… You never know until you start getting back into full tempo and things like that, but look at the positives and keep getting better.
The Rangers have struggled with Staal out and dealing with the second concussion of his career. They’ve only won once over their last six contests since the defender went down against the Devils, and have given up at least three goals in each of those games.