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.
Staal, who turns 25 in January, has been out all season because
of the effects of a concussion sustained in February when he was
hit by his brother, Eric, a forward for the Carolina Hurricanes. He
has been skating this month and was cleared for light contact.
Staal was set to make his debut Monday against the Philadelphia
Flyers in the Winter Classic.
Rangers Coach John Tortorella said on Saturday that nothing had
changed and he did not expect Staal to play. Staal practiced
Saturday and was on the ice for warmups before the Flyers game.