Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.
Marc Staal, unable to join All-Staal team, happy for brothers
Marc Staal’s younger brother, Jared, 22, who was called up from the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers on Wednesday for his Hurricanes debut, on Thursdaynight will be part of the fourth brother trio to appear in an NHL game.
“It’s awesome,” said Marc, the Rangers defenseman who would have been part of the quartet if not for a right eye injury from a deflected shot on March 5. “I was excited yesterday when Eric told me, it’s pretty cool.” At dinner with the siblings on Wednesday night, Marc said that “sitting around the table, I was kind of frustrated that I wasn’t able to be in the lineup, but there’s a lot of time for that.”
Marc said that he hadn’t seen Jared, a right wing who had four goals and three assists in 52 games, play for about five years. “He’s a big guy, who going to be finishing his checks. I played with him in junior, he has good hands down low, in tight, good vision. Hopefully, he doesn’t play too well.”
Jared “has taken a different route than me, Jordan and Eric,” said Marc. “He’s been working really hard in the American League, he’s done everything they’ve asked him to do. I think that’s why he gets rewarded with a couple games here. He’s a hard worker, he’s just going to keep on working to get this level and stay.”
Jared, who is 6-foot-4, is expected to start on a line with Jordan -- a center like Eric -- and Tuomo Ruutu. But coach Kirk Muller did not completely rule out a shift with all three on the ice.
The other trios? Max, Doug and Reggie Bentley in 1942-43 for the Blackhawks; Bob, Barclay and Bill Plager for the St. Louis Blues in the late 1960s and 70s, and Peter, Anton and Marian Stastny for the Quebec Nordiques in the 1980s.