Marc Staal makes his season debut today


John Tortorella announced that he’s gotten the OK from doctors, trainers and the player for Marc Staal to return from his concussion issues today at 3 p.m.

Tortorella said Staal with play on the third pair, but wouldn’t say who comes out (obviously either Stu Bickel or Jeff Woywitka).

We’ll have It’s Go Time! later.


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  1. good news.. Staal is a stud. Give him about 5 to 7 games and we will have another horse on the blueline.

    I sit woywitka and keep Bickell in there..

  2. Wicky©"suspend the hittee..LW compliant version" on

    Carped and a BANJ for good measure

    Wicky©”suspend the hittee..LW compliant version” January 2nd, 2012 at 1:00 pm
    no offence to carp and his $1.25 per, but stop posting and get ready for the game!!

  3. This is a stupid and terrible decision. Why bring him back in a outdoor game against the Flyers. If he has a reoccurrence this will be Torts fault.

  4. Wicky©"suspend the hittee..LW compliant version" on

    I thought it was phantoms vs phylers today?

  5. Mike – Do you think they are rushing him? I don’t. He seems ready to go. He wouldn’t be playing if he had symptoms…

  6. Wicky©"suspend the hittee..LW compliant version" on

    staal is only playing like a 5/6 D man, TRADE HIM!!!

  7. why would it matter if staal was playing indoors or out? he had to be cleared by the medical staff. I expect the doctors and management to do the right thing and assume Staal is 100% healthy.

  8. Torts would not play Staal without approval of management and the medical staff.

    Staal is a 25 year old stud under contract for 4 years, the Rangers are not that stupid. BTW they are in first place this is not exactly a panic move…….

  9. You can’t blame the coach if the doctor, trainer and player say he’s ready. …

    but … it’s always scary when a player comes back from a concussion, and you know the Flyers will go after him.

  10. That’s why he is probably playing with Bickel. I hope his eye has fully healed. He may need it again…:-)

  11. Hahaha, Wick. I could see Clarke doing that. I thought he was gonna go after Mess the other day.

  12. Wicky©"suspend the hittee..LW compliant version" on

    Actually it will probably be one of the sneaky dirty flyers like briere or meszaros

  13. What great news!
    Working his way back as the third pair with Stu Bickel!!

    I doubt he’s being rushed back, he’s been practicing with contact for a while.
    I feel bad for Woywitka, though, getting scratched in the last hours.

  14. good nes the Flyers 4th line is actualy skilled today no Shelley or Rinaldo..

    COncussions are the unknown. He can play the next 8 years with no issues or get hurt in 2 weeks. Giroux missed 4 games.. Staal 40 and cindy 70 games.

  15. Wicky©"suspend the hittee..LW compliant version" on

    great point, you do have to feel for Woywitka—> (or who does come out…healthy)

  16. Does anyone else think they do a piss-poor job of dressing up the area around the rink? It’s such a big stage and every year it looks like a construction site covered with a tarp.

  17. Staal’s playing because his orange hair is a perfect tribute to the great city of Philadelphia. No other reason.

  18. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    Hey, ILB, I served my country on active duty overseas, too, except I don’t brag about it, nor try to use it to “intimidate” or “impress” people with my “combat skills.” lol.

    And by the way, if our national defense is down to clowns like your Little Buddy “Wicky” defending this nation, it’s time to scramble for a permanent cot in Somalia, or some place where it is, you know – SAFE! Because if that’s the case this country is truly down to “Third World” status, sooner than we have been thinking.

    Now go crawl into you hole and enjoy the game. lol

  19. Boom Boom- you continue with unsubstantiated attacks on person who you have no idea about. I think we should drop the issue…

    LW- I might need one too…Is purple still available?

  20. With all kind of medical permissions, still first game for Staal hence elevated higher risk – inevitable bad ice, unpredictable gusting wind and predictable philthy hyenas bunch on a head’s hunt. Bad, unnecessary decision in my book.( even if McD still have a flu).

  21. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    Hot Tip Dept.:

    For those of you who like the overs (and the total is five goals), take it because the “Little Whistles” are going to be blowing like Moby Whale all day for TV mug time, so we will have power play/PK time, galore.

    For those of you who like the unders, take it because with all the whistle-tooting and network commerical time-outs, which will rival the game for equal time, there will be no flow to the game.

    So that whatever you like, overs or unders, take it because it’s a good bet you will win!

  22. Staal Wart and the Overachievers on

    FWIW Staal won’t be playing against Hartnell or Talbot if he’s playing 3rd pair D minutes

  23. For me personally, all brouhaha around this totally overhyped and cheaply commercialized event they call WC is so oversaturated, that leaves a dry carsillo in residue. Hope at least it will be worth a Win.

  24. Wicky©"suspend the hittee..LW compliant version" on

    orange of course!

    Boom Baby
    “clowns” duly noted! (let me take off my big red nose before I continue), while it is truly great that you served and a sincere thank you for it. You are so off base here it isn’t even comical. I made a comment about a song with religious overtones that SHOULD NOT IMHO be played instead of the National Anthem at the beginning of the game (but it is philly, so of course they are screwy). You then go straight to personal insults in your initial response and insinuate lack of “patriotism” in said response.

    Therefore, I replied with a statement that I thought would hopefully put an end to that line of thought for you. I have clearly underestimated your level of ignorance with your last post and your apparent over zealous mythological beliefs as well.

    To each their own and freedom of speech. Those are some of the reason we serve!

    Now on another note and I am going to keep this clean for carp and everyone else here, but I have never once glorified ANYTHING about combat nor do I even discuss it for that matter.

    And also a nice big FU you disrespectful, ignorant, POS from every single person serving in the military right now..(i’m paraphrasing a bit)

  25. Dear Tortorella

    Please don’t play Staal any more than 12 minutes a game for now. Give him the exact same minutes as Woywitka and GRADUALLY play him more…

  26. Staal will be fine. Unless the Flyers managed to trade for one of his brothers this morning.

  27. anyone else think we should have brought back our “secret weapon” Steve Valiquette for this game?

  28. Boom Boom Bathgate / "Sloppy Firsts" on

    And what’s wrong with a Philadelphia accent? I have one and my best “Little Buddy” at the French Line in NYC, where we both worked, used to tell me how much he envied it. (Given his Brooklyn-Jewish accent, that was well understood.)

    My “Little Buddy” Jack from Brooklyn used to tease me about the way I pronounced “Boom Boom” (as in Geoffrion, in those days), and the word “because,” which I pronounce “Be – Cuz” not “Be – Cawwwwse” or something, like a caw caw bird. Hey, I really didn’t fit in there, either. lol.

    Can you imagine me, with my personality and Philadelphia accent working for 10 years in offices in New York City? It was tough on everybody, not just me. lol.

    Great memories.

  29. Hold on. Staal is playing for the Rangers, right? Or is he staging a miraculous comeback in honor of, and for, the great city of Philadelphia and its might Flyers?

  30. Guys, please, stop pickering…in a face of dangerous archenemy.
    “Virtus unita fortis agit” or “United we act stronger”. It is right time for it.

  31. hey guys. cant wait for this game to start. i think staal in the lineup is bad move. he hasnt played a game since last april. he will probably not do any better than woywitka would have since hes been playing and conditioned. shouldve started him in fla if he was this close.get a full game in first.

  32. IMO, playing Staal today is not a panic move or a bad move by any stretch

    Marc Staal is a leader on this team, the cornerstone of our defense. And giving him his season debut, albeit with limited minutes, gives our team a HUGE boost today.

    Dubinsky is starting to get going. And we all know how much he hates the Flyers.

    I have a good feeling about today. The Rangers are ready to send a record number of Flyers fans home disappointed today.


  33. i pick wicky to beat boom boom’s boom boom. of course, i dont know if bom boom is a heavyweight like wick or a trained assassin. but it should make for a great fight. an then we can all hug and drink beer together and sing the kazakstan national anthem

  34. Good question, Staal Wart. I didn’t know there is another team involved. If there is, there shouldn’t be. This is all about Philadelphia, the city so nice they named it once. Just trying to come up with new ways to honor Philly in NYC today.

    Maybe Marc Staal will wear a Bobby Clarke jersey.

  35. N.CountryNYRFAN on

    I’m not sure inserting Staal into the lineup today is the greatest move either, but I am excited to see him back. I am just worried that an overhyped Flyer will do something stupid. Let’ GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. carpy!!! hah ive been here alot, just couldnt post much. im back for goodthough. got a new computer. i missed chattin with u guys everyday. feel like part of my family.

  37. I’m totally devastated; just learn that I can’t switch infinitively byfuglien TW to any other carrier in our coop building. Freakin’ monopoly? What happen with anti-trust law? Why came I in this country from soviets…expecting freedom of choice? What should I do to see my Rangers, whom I watched even being clinically dead! Where is Olga, when I need him/her, to folk all of them!

  38. nyr- how dos it go? “kazaksan has the best potassium in the world” all other countries potassium is inferior”??

  39. Wicky©"suspend the hittee..LW compliant version" on

    LMFAO at this…
    Buccigross John Buccigross
    As I first reported a year ago, Barry Melrose has lost his Canada card. It’s 40degrees in Philly and he’s cold. #soft

  40. Boom Boom Bathgate / "Sloppy Firsts" on

    Hey Grabby – Have another “pink lady,” it’s on the house.

  41. Glad to read that Torts went to Staal and asked him if he was ready to play, letting Staal know Torts wasn’t concerned with everyone else’s opinion. Because if there is one lesson the last few seasons has taught the NHL community it’s that players know what is best for them in these circumstances.

  42. im doin ok wick. me, you and cccp are tied for first place in your league. not bad! and sallys not far behind., it was nice of cccp to let sally beat him so he got his first loss. go sallys nosens!!!

  43. Wicky, buddy
    it’s much more then that – it’s MY LIFE!!!! …for Mr. Big byfliegen sake…

  44. 4ever – get the NHL package on You get every non-nationally televised game streaming live to your computer. Then if you want to, you can link your computer to your HD-TV. This is what I’ve done since moving to D.C. two years ago and it has worked great.

  45. Wicky©"suspend the hittee..LW compliant version" on

    LOL, You have been killing it…sally scares me, that beard, showing her balls…I think she coat checked CCCP

  46. Oh, and BTW, Wicky,
    I don’t know about your other skills, but one I can definitely learn from you – that’s art of *calmly* and clear express yourself under militant pressure. …”white”(good) envy.

  47. They keep asking Richards a question that was relevant two months ago, Carp.

    Both HBO & Roenick again yesterday. Not sure Richards can be blamed for answering.

    Just a hunch; look out for Artie today.

    He’s due to unleash a laser.

  48. Wicky©"suspend the hittee..LW compliant version" on

    I don’t think we would make it without centre ice, is that something that is available to you?

  49. Judging by the amount of hot dogs they are planning to sell ( 10,000) they are not playing against the Devils, that is clear….Because Marty alone eats that many during the first intermission….

  50. Wicky©"suspend the hittee..LW compliant version" on

    thanks, and I am awesome with orange crayons

  51. Mister Delaware on

    “Maybe Marc Staal will wear a Bobby Clarke jersey.”

    Ha. Like Clarkie is gonna let some head-injury-whiner like Staal wear his number.

  52. I pay around $20 a month or you can pay for the entire season up front, not sure what that cost though.

  53. I’m already on my phone, trying to figure out deal with TW NHL Center ice.
    Thank you guys.

  54. 4ever- be careful, they black out NY Rangers games unless you’re 50 miles outside of NY.

  55. NY Ranger fan…. I don’t think they are rushing him but it scares me having him play his first game of the season outdoors and against the Flyers. I just don’t want a Crosby situation where he is out again with concussion like symptoms. This just scares me ALOT.

  56. Noah-olski-auer-inger, 29 on

    So happy to see Staal (Stahl? Stoll?) back today. I am as nervous as everyone but whether it was today or a tamer home game against the Blue Jackets, the feeling would be the same.

    Has to be a huge boost to the team as well (as if they needed one).

  57. Wicky©"suspend the hittee..LW compliant version" on

    I think we are all a bit “cautious/concerned” about staal

  58. N.CountryNYRFAN on

    Hahaha…did youse guys here that Suban and Plekanec fought in practice today…hahaha Canadians in last…what a disgrace hahaha

  59. Boom Boom Bathgate / "Sloppy Firsts" on

    My sources tell me Suban is a “clubhouse mentor” who brings good chemistry to the team.

  60. duckBill PLA-t-pus on

    ILB, BOOM BOOM “dont call me mancini” Bathgate, and Wickets: giving all three of you a timeout…let it go..and lets enjoy our Rangers’…didnt the beatles tell us that all we needed was the love? why do you guys seem to find happiness in warm guns? …I know it is harder to be gentle and kind, but let’s try that… what does it say you guys? Duckbill doesn’t like fightings.

  61. If Staal slept on Sobakawa pillow, I’m 99% sure he wouldn’t suffer from that pinched nerve…

  62. Boom Boom Bathgate / "Sloppy Firsts" on

    ILB, no joke, I am 300 miles upstate from NYC and we are blacked-out here, too, even on the NHL network online streaming service. Wish it were just 50 miles black-out range. We have to settle for Buffalo games, most of the time. That is painful soup.

  63. Boom Boom- it is 50 mile rule, unless you live in MSG area that covers Buffalo games…If Buffalo plays same time, NY Rangers are blacked out….

  64. I’ve heard the fishing is tremendously tremendous these days in Manitoba….Otherwise I’m sure they’d be able to interview Sather too….

  65. Boom Boom Bathgate / "Sloppy Firsts" on

    You feel like part of my family, too, Grabby. Of course it is disfunctional, but you can’t have everything. lol

  66. Boom Boom Bathgate / "Sloppy Firsts" on

    Are you the Grabby Hayes who used to be in the movies with Roy Rogers?

  67. “N.CountryNYRFAN January 2nd, 2012 at 2:24 pm
    oh my god, the NHLN coverage is like a total Philly Love fest…i feel sick.”

    You are so right! This should have been named the “Philly Classic” brought to you by the Ed Snider Hockey League. However, perhaps “slighting” the Rangers with the spotlight on the Filthy Flyers could be a good thing.

    This game should have been in New York. What disrespect to an original six team. But hey, look who’s in charge, Big Man Buttman!!!!

    Let’s Do it Rangers!!!!

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