NHL roundup: Rangers' Staal awaits diagnosis on swollen eye

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New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal has swelling around his right eye that makes it difficult to determine the severity of his injury after he was struck by a slap shot in Tuesday night's game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

"It's hard to say now," his brother, Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal, said Wednesday via NFL.com. "They're just waiting for the swelling to go down,"

Eric Staal said he felt better about his brother's condition after speaking with him Wednesday morning. It's unknown how long Marc Staal, 26, might be sidelined.

"He sounded like he was in OK spirits, but we don't know a lot right now," Staal said. "Obviously we're saying prayers and hoping he dodged a bullet as far as being struck in that area. We'll know more with some more time."

Marc Staal has two goals and nine assists in 21 games this season.

--In the wake of Marc Staal's injury, the Rangers added a defenseman to their roster, claiming veteran Roman Hamrlik off waivers from the Washington Capitals.

The Capitals placed Hamrlik, 38, on waivers Tuesday. He had seen limited action this season, posting one assist in four games.

The move could be a costly one for the Rangers. They will take a $3.5 million salary-cap hit by adding Hamrlik, who is in the final year of a two-year contract.

Hamrlik began his NHL career with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1992. His stops include the Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens and Washington. He has 155 goals, 483 assists and 1,402 penalty minutes.

--The Nashville Predators recalled defenseman Victor Bartley from Milwaukee of the American Hockey League.

Bartley, 24, ranks among the AHL's top 20 defensemen in points this season with 26 in 54 games. He attended the Predators' training camp but was assigned to the Admirals and has not played in a regular-season game for Nashville.

--The Chicago Blackhawks sent forward Brandon Bollig to Rockford of the American Hockey League.

Bollig has 40 penalty minutes in 11 games with the Blackhawks this season and 98 in 29 career games.
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