Found January 03, 2012 on
The Hockey Guys:
New York Rangers
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’s face it; the ice is really never up to par when playing an outdoor game – that’s just the way the cookie crumbles.
When game time arrived, you couldn’t have asked for operations personnel to have done a better job with every aspect of the rink.
But even before the game started, excitement began to build. A press conference announced the return of Ranger all-star defenseman Marc Staal, who had been sidelined all year with post-concussion symptoms. The team and the fan base received a jolt of excitement and joy at hearing this news. What a stage for Staal to step on the ice for the first time this year.
BEST OF MAXIM
GRAND STAGE RETURN
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.
… 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.
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...
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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...
Marc Staal will return from his season-long concussion injury to play in the Winter Classic on Monday afternoon.
Rangers defenseman Marc Staal made his season debut in the Winter Classic against the Flyers.
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 ...
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.
New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal made his return to the lineup after a nearly yearlong absence from a concussion.
From Katie Strang at ESPNNewYork.com:
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...
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