2 cuts coming, 10 defensemen making Euro trip

With Marc Staal not making the trip to Europe with the Rangers, the team will bring the following ten defensemen overseas:

Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Mike Sauer, Steve Eminger, Michael Del Zotto, Tim Erixon, Brendan Bell, Blake Parlett, Dylan McIlrath and Stu Bickel.


The team will still bring three goaltenders and 19 forwards, meaning that two forwards will be cut after tomorrow's game in Philadelphia.


Brandon Prust (shoulder) will make the trip and, according to coach John Tortorella, play while over in Europe.


The NHL's worst-kept secret--this season's Winter Classic between the Rangers and Flyers at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park--will be announced at a press conference tomorrow afternoon before the game.