Another day, another Rangers player out for an extended period of time. Who cares at this point? We are embracing the tank. Marc Staal has been placed on IR. The injured reserve list if you guys aren’t the smartest tools in the shed. Marc Staal is suffering from a neck injury he sustained in the game against Nashville on February 3rd. In response to this the Rangers called up John Gilmour from Hartford today to take Staals place on the roster. I would have loved to see Ryan Graves finally get his shot but Gilmour isn’t a bad second option.
Gilmour currently has 26 points in his 44 AHL games played this season. He’s looked very good this year so he does deserve this shot. Lets see what the kids got. Not a bad move to assess the talent you have in the system before blowing up the team in upcoming weeks. As for Marc Staal, maybe it’s time to hang up the skates. It seems like this poor guy can’t go two seasons without suffering a horrible injury. His major injuries date back to 2011 where he suffered post concussion symptoms after a hit he suffered from his brother Eric. Fast forward to March 2013. A game I was actually at against Philadelphia, Marc Staal took a puck to the eye from a shot by Kimmo Timonen. Staal suffered a retinal tear and an orbital fracture and missed basically the whole rest of the season. His play has definitely decreased over the years and I do believe the injuries are to blame. So maybe it’s time to call it quits.
The Rangers face the Calgary Flames tonight. Neal Pionk and John Gilmour are more than likely to be in the lineup tonight along with DeAngelo, Skjei, McDonagh and everyone’s favorite Ranger Nick Holden. Kampfer is more than likely to be in the press box. I’m expecting another loss with the Rangers being pinned in their zone for two thirds of the game but we will see. Lets keep embracing the tank and losing out. Lets go get Dahlin people!