Rangers' Staal cleared after hit from brother

New York Rangers defenceman Marc Staal (L) grabs the head of Montreal Canadiens centre Lars Eller...

New York Rangers defenceman Marc Staal (L) grabs the head of Montreal Canadiens centre Lars Eller during the third period of their NHL hockey game in Montreal, February 5, 2011. (REUTERS/Shaun Best)

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NEW YORK - New York Rangers defenceman Marc Staal has finally been cleared for contact.

The 24-year-old blueliner is still on the road to recovering from a concussion he suffered in February after a hit by his brother -- Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal -- but was able to participate in battle drills during a practice ahead of a matchup with the New York Islanders on Monday night.

Staal has yet to play this year, but posted seven goals and 29 points in 77 games last season, his fourth in the NHL.

 


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