"He told us the night before [that he might play]," Jordan Staal said. "He was debating that day. He actually called me, just to talk, and said he was going to make the decision that night."
Although it had been widely believed that Marc would be out at least a little longer, Jordan was not entirely surprised that he came back when he did.
"He was feeling really good," Jordan said. "We knew, at some point, that he was going to be back soon. I think that, over Christmas, he wasn't really expecting to play [Monday], but we knew he was feeling good.
"It was up for grabs, and I'm glad he played and played well."
Do you hold him out of one of the back-to-backs just to ease him back in?
Staal needs to be playing right now. Not just to keep Woywitka out of the lineup, but also to get his legs back and get him used to NHL speed again. Torts can ease him back in by controlling his minutes, which is expect he will. I think we'll see an extremely gradual increase in Staal's minutes. There's no need to make him play monster minutes right out of the gate, especially with the team winning right now. Ramp him up over the course of the rest of the season, and we will be rewarded come playoff time.
Thank god Staal is back. Now let's continue to **** on the league!
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