Originally posted on The Rangers Tribune  |  Last updated 1/2/12

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 04: Marc Staal #18 of the New York Rangers celebrates against the Washington Capitals on February 4, 2010 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
The New York Rangers have announced that defenseman Marc Staal will be making his season debut in this afternoon's Winter Classic game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Citizens Bank Park. Staal has not played a single game this season due to post-concussion symptoms that haunted him all throughout his summer workouts and again during training camp in back in September. After being cleared for contact over a week ago, Staal has slowly worked himself back into game-shape during practice and was given the nod for today's contest. New York has played extremely well without Staal in their lineup, soaring to the top of the Eastern Conference over the last month, but will obviously welcome their top defenseman back with much excitement. And there's no bigger or better stage to do that on than the Winter Classic. Staal will skate on the third pairing.
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