Staal psyched to be back on the ice

Rangers defenseman pleased to make long-awaited return at Monday's Winter Classic

Updated: January 2, 2012, 9:38 PM ET
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com

PHILADELPHIA -- When Marc Staal met with specialist Dr. Robert Cantu in November, after being shut down for a month to recover from post-concussion symptoms, he was told the earliest he'd be back was the new year.

Staal didn't circle the date on the calendar. Instead, he wrote it off to protect himself from the disappointment he'd experience had he not been able to play in this year's Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park.

Turns out Staal didn't need to take that measure.

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