Monday Morning (PP) Quarterback: Recapping December 23-25

More of the same tonight please... (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

So, how are those heads feeling this morning? I hope you’re ready for some Rangers-Islanders post-Christmas hockey…

From a British perspective, and to any Canadian readers, I’d like to wish you guys a very happy Boxing Day. Hopefully yesterday was good to everyone.

As for recapping any Rangers action since Friday’s 4-2 win over the Flyers at the Garden, well, there understandably hasn’t been a whole lot going on. JT Miller (USA) and Peter Ceresnak (Slovakia) are the Blueshirts’ sole representatives at this years World U-20 Championships which kick-off today in Calgary and Edmonton. Check back with Blue Line Station throughout the tournament for updates on how the guys are doing.

And on that note, join me after the jump as we recap the weekend’s best Rangers reads…

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Sticking with Miller, Ceresnak and the World U-20 Championships for now, Jess Rubenstein has a brief preview piece on the tournament over at the Prospect Park. [The Prospect Park]

NHL.com continues it’s lead-up to next Monday’s Winter Classic in Philadelphia with an article on Marc Staal who, though progressing in his recovery from concussion symptoms, looks an outside bet for the game at Citizens Bank Park on January 2.

It’s something I’m not going to step into if I’m not ready,” Staal said. “It’s just not worth it to put yourself into a position like that if you’re not ready, physically or mentally. It sucks that I probably might not get a crack at it. It is what it is. [NHL.com]

Blueshirt Banter’s latest Discussion post asks the question, “Would You Have Booed Jaromir Jagr?” following his reception at the Garden on Friday night. For the record, and I’m pretty disappointed by anyone that would answer differently, that’s a NO from me. [Blueshirt Banter]

Blue Seat Blogs’ Chris takes a look at the ‘Forgotten Man’ Mats Zuccarello. With Carl Hagelin and John Mitchell fitting seamlessly into the Rangers line-up, Sean Avery and Erik Christensen waiting on the sidelines and Wojtek Wolski close to returning, there doesn’t seem to be a spot for a guy that’s rattling along at above a PPG pace in the AHL this season. [Blue Seat Blogs]

CBS New York’s Sean Hartnett waxes lyrical on the Rangers organizational depth, particularly focusing on minor-league call-ups Carl Hagelin, John Mitchell, Stu Bickel and newest signing Anton Stralman as key examples of depth production this season. [CBS NY]

Finally, and on a more festive note, Kevin DeLury of the New York Rangers Blog has posted a few photos of Rangers fans showing off their new Blueshirts-themed Christmas gifts. Anyone want to send me a Winter Classic jersey? No? Oh. [The NYR Blog]

Topics: 2012 Winter Classic, Flyers, JT Miller, Marc Staal, Mats Zuccarello, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, NYI, NYR, Peter Ceresnak, Philadelphia Flyers, Winter Classic, World Junior Championships

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