After practice on Friday, Mike Rupp gave the thumbs up to the Rangers coaching staff, indicating that he felt ready to return to the lineup after missing 22 games due to knee surgery. Rupp had ramped up his on-ice workouts the past week, and his knee kept responding in a positive way, clearing the final hurdle on Friday. Two hours before the first drop of the puck Saturday in Phoenix, Rangers head coach John Tortorella confirmed that Rupp was indeed back in the lineup for the first time since October 24th. "He gives us a guy who can play center and wing, and once he gets back on his a game, a guy who can take and win faceoffs," Tortorella said of Rupp. "He adds some size, and takes some pressure off of (Brandon Prust) in certain situations. He can give us some banging. And he's a guy you can see right away that adds to our room even before he gets on the ice in the way he handles himself. We want to get him in there right away and start playing him." The head coach---who also announced that Martin Biron would make the start in goal Saturday vs. the Coyotes---said that he would decide after warmups which forward would be scratched to make room for Rupp. Share your thoughts on Rupp's return below.
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