The news out of New York yesterday may have been as good as Eric and Jordan Staal could have hoped for -- a promising medical report about their brother, Marc.
Marc Staal was hit near the right eye by the puck, on a deflected shot, in Tuesday's game. The New York Rangers' defenseman is sidelined indefinitely but the Rangers said doctors are saying he should not have any vision loss and should completely recover.
"It was tough and definitely a scary moment for Marc," Jordan Staal said today. "When you see your brother go down like that it's tough to swallow. We were praying for him for a long time and then we got a little bit of good news and hopefully things will only get better for him. There are still a few hurdles I'm sure but he is feeling better."
Eric Staal said Marc still has a lot of swelling around the eye and that more will be known about his condition once the swelling subsides. He said he has not talked to Marc since yesterday morning but noted the Rangers' statement on Marc was "nice to see."
"He still doesn't really know because his eye is so swollen but when you have people who specialize in those fields releasing a statement like that, it's a better feeling than the other way," Eric said. "We just want him to continue to heal and be back 100 percent."
Jordan Staal, like Eric, does not wear a helmet visor. Like Eric, he said he might have to reconsider.
"There have been times I'd like to try it," he said. "I think my wife is on me enough, so we'll see."