Found January 02, 2012 on Puck Daddy:
PHILADELPHIA — When asked after the New York Rangers' practice on Sunday whether injured defenseman Marc Staal would play in the 2012 NHL Winter Classic, Coach John Tortorella said "no, nothing's changed with Mark. Same lineup tomorrow for this team." Then Sunday dinner happened. That's when Tortorella said he was given the green light from his trainer and a physician for Staal's return to the lineup for the first time since Game 5 against the Washington Capitals last April. But most importantly, he got the green light from Staal. "I sat down and talked with him and asked him, 'Do you want to play?' I heard so many different things, and Marc was talking quite a bit," said Tortorella on Monday. "I said, 'Stalsy, I don't care about anyone else's opinion. Are you ready to play?' And he said he was." Staal will rejoin the Rangers' lineup on the third defense pairing, which will limit his minutes. "We're n...

Marc Staal Is Feeling Great; Head Is Clear

… this is great news.  It’s definitely going to take him a few games to show the Marc Staal everyone is used to, but having him back on the ice is a HUGE boost for the Rangers defense. 

Mark Staal to play in Winter Classic

New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella just announced that the defenseman, who has been recovering from a concussion, will play in today's Winter Classic game against the Flyers.

No Staal Return – The Right Decision

Marc Staal is not rushing back today (speculation sparked by ESPN’s John Buccigross) and is the right decision from everyone concerned. Given his strong comments relating to any impending Staal comeback, it’s hard to imagine John Tortorella would have sanctioned the pivotal defenseman’s return unless doctors had absolutely cleared him for the game. Staal’s return shouldn’t...

Photoshop The Rangers: Marc Staal Celebrates Return With Teammates

… HAHAHA! EPIC!!!! I would love to get a poster of this picture made. Amazing.  Remember to go check out the AMAZING work of Photoshop the Rangers. They are pro’s! 

Rangers' Tortorella on D Staal: 'Nothing has changed'

New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal will not be making his season debut in the Winter Classic. Rangers coach John Tortorella ruled the 24-year-old blue-liner out of Monday's game against the Atlantic Division rival Philadelphia Flyers at Citizens Bank Park. "Nothing has changed," Tortorella said of Staal, who did practice on Sunday. "Just because we skated...

Rangers Now Say Staal Will Return in Winter Classic

Marc Staal will return from his season-long concussion injury to play in the Winter Classic on Monday afternoon.

Rangers' Marc Staal returns for Winter Classic

PHILADELPHIA — On Sunday, John Tortorella insisted his New York Rangers' lineup was going to be the same. No Marc Staal, who hadn't played since April 23 because of post-concussion syndrome. Monday afternoon, that all changed. Staal will make his season debut on the grand stage of the Winter Classic ...

Staal returns as Torts has change of heart

One week after Marc Staal was cleared for contact in practice, the Blueshirts announced that their All-Star defenseman would return to the lineup in the NHL's marquee regular season event.

Rangers D Staal returns from injury for Classic

New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal made his return to the lineup after a nearly yearlong absence from a concussion.

Why Now?

From Katie Strang at New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal will make his season debut in the Winter Classic against the Philadelphia Flyers. Coach John Tortorella delivered the surprising news just hours before the league’s annual outdoor game, after telling reporters Sunday that Staal would not be available to play. While it was great to hear that Staal is...

Injury Updates: Eminger Out of Sling; No Timetable for Sauer; Staal Could Play Thurs

Andrew Gross at Rangers Rant reports that Steve Eminger (separated shoulder) was able to take his right arm out of the sling for the first time in two weeks.Eminger is expected to miss at least two months.Eminger on the injury...“It was bad timing for a number of reasons,” Eminger said of the injury as he was having a very solid season with two goals and two assists in 30 games...

Winter Classic = Success!

By Christopher Decker (@HockeyGuy_Chris)   Photo Courtesy of Getty Images It was cold; it was intense; and it lived up to its hype. The 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic was one that many will most likely never forget. After the initial 1 p.m. start time was pushed back to 3 p.m. due to weather conditions, there were concerns that the ice wouldn’t be up to par. But let...
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