The New York Rangers snapped their three-game losing streak, thumping the Flyers tonight by a 5-1 final, but the victory may have been a Pyrrhic one, as they appear to have lost another key roster player. This time, veteran defenseman Marc Staal:
OFFICIAL: #NYR Marc Staal –
Lower body will not return
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) January 17, 2018
Though not an analytics darling by any stretch, Staal has been a calming, steady presence this season. In fact, Mike Valvano recently wrote about how his return to reliability has helped to stabilize the Blueshirts’ defense group that despite the Kevin Shattenkirk signing, could best be categorized as “in transition”.
“Marc Staal does not post solid offensive numbers and does not sparkle on spreadsheets. Where he shines is in the subtleties of playing defense and his incessantly underrated athleticism.”
The Rangers have not yet provided any details on the nature or extent of his injury, so it’s probably safe to presume him as day-to-day until they say otherwise.