Marc Staal Will Play in Winter Classic

After announcing yesterday that Marc Staal would not play against the Philadelphia Flyers in the Winter Classic, head coach John Tortorella announced today Staal would be playing against the Flyers.

Staal, who suffered a concussion last February and complained of headaches in training camp, will be on the third pair with Stu Bickel this afternoon. He was cleared for contact last week and has been practicing hard with the team for several weeks.

Like Tortorella said, if he’s healthy he’s going to play. No point in delaying the inevitable out of fear. 

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