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Marc Staal says he's ready to play

Updated: December 30, 2013, 2:27 PM ET
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com

New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal said he expects to return to the lineup Tuesday against the Florida Panthers after missing 10 games due to a concussion suffered earlier this month.

Staal, who made his plans known after practicing Monday, was injured in the Rangers' 4-3 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils on Dec. 7 after taking a hard hit from Reid Boucher along the boards during the third period.

Staal's absence concerned the Rangers, and not just because of his value to ...

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