The New York Rangers haven't started talks with Marc Staal about a contract extension yet.
Marc Staal has one year left on his current contract.
Coach Alain Vigneault has been impressed by Marc Staal.
All the pregame attention in the New York media went to defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi, who were assigned to bottle up Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in Game 1 of the Penguins-Rangers second-round playoff series, won 3-2 by New York in overtime.
Marc Staal opened the scoring on Sunday with his first goal in the playoffs.
Marc Staal is a series leading plus-four in the playoffs.
Marc Staal looked to be all right after the game on Saturday as he took a big hit from Chris Neil of the Senators.
Marc Staal does not want the contract distractions he saw happen with Dan Girardi and Ryan Callahan to happen to him next season.
Marc Staal (back) took part in Wednesday's practice.
Marc Staal (back) skated on Tuesday after missing three straight practices.
Marc Staal has missed three straight practices due to back spasms.
The New York Rangers could be without defenseman Marc Staal when they return to action league action against the Chicago Blackhawks next Thursday night.
Marc Staal played on Tuesday after his wife gave birth to their first child earlier that morning.
Marc Staal had a huge fantasy game as the defenseman had a goal, an assist and a plus-four rating.