NEWS: Rangers Winter Classic Alumni Roster

Update: Larry Brooks tweets that Mark Messier hopes to play in the game but has upcoming shoulder surgery

The team also tweeted that Mike Richter was going to check with his doctors to see if he can play.

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  • Goalies: John Vanbiesbrouck and Dan Blackburn,
  • Defensemen: Brian Leetch, Dave Maloney, Ron Greschner, Tom Laidlaw, Dale Purinton, Darius Kasparaitis and Mathieu Schneider
  • Forwards: Adam Graves, Glenn Anderson, Mike Gartner Darren Langdon, Stephane Matteau, Nick Kypreos, Darren Turcotte, Kris King, Brian Mullen, Paul Broten, Ron Duguay, Nick Fotiu and Pat Hickey.
  • Coaches: Mike Keenan, Emile Francis and Colin Campbell.
  • Off-Ice Ambassadors: Rod Gilbert, Ed Giacomin and Harry Howell.

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News: Flyers Alumni Game Roster

The Flyers roster for the Alumni game, via Sarah Baicker of Comcast Philly:

Defensemen: Terry Carkner, Eric Desjardins, Larry Goodenough, Derian Hatcher, Mark Howe, Brad Marsh, Kjell Samuelsson, Chris Therien, Joe Watson.

Forwards: Bill Barber, Bob Clarke, Jim Dowd, Al Hill, Bob Kelly, Orest Kindrachuk, Reggie Leach, John LeClair, Eric Lindros, Ken Linseman, Shjon Podein, Dave Poulin, Brian Propp, Mark Recchi, Jeremy Roenick, Ron Sutter, Rick Tocchet.

Goalies: Mark LaForest, Neil Little

Coach: Pat Quinn
Assistant coaches: Keith Primeau, Mike Nykoluk

BUZZ: Darius Kasparaitis In The Alumni Game

Sarah Baicker of our sister network Comcast Philly tweets that Darius Kasparaitis has been confirmed to be on the Rangers Winter Classic Alumni team

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Read: A Reason Wayne Gretzky Won’t Play In The Alumni Game

It was reported late Monday night that Wayne Gretzky was not gonna compete in the Winter Classic alumni game on December 31.

Yesterday, Larry Brooks tweeted that Gretzky has been consistent in saying he only wants to play in one of those games if it is at Yankee Stadium.

At Sportsnet though, Nick Kypreos writes that the main issue with Gretzky is his ongoing fight with the league over the reported $8 to $9 million owed to him from his time in Phoenix:

When the NHL picked up former Phoenix owner Jerry Moyes’ debt in bankruptcy, they also picked a potential fight with the greatest ambassador the game has ever seen. According to the terms of his deal, the debt owed to Gretzky is as much as $9 million. Not exactly chump change, folks.

Kypreos also, indirectly, says that he will be playing for the Rangers in the game.

I hate this, not just because it is a reason that Gretzky won’t be at the alumni game, but because I hate not seeing Gretzky really having anything to do with the league now. Hopefully it gets settled soon and The Great One is back in the league in some way soon and there will be no question that he plays for the Rangers when they HOST the Winter Classic.

BUZZ: No Wayne Gretzky In The Alumni Game

Update: 12:30PM:

Original Post: 11/21/ at 10:19PM: John Boruk of CSN Philly says that Wayne Gretzky has informed Winter Classic officials that he will not play in the Alumni Game on December 31.

Boruk tweets that Gretzky would have played if the game was in New York.

The roster is expected to be announced on Saturday before the Rangers and Flyers game.

Well it stinks, but the Rangers do have plenty of other players they can bring in to play in the game. Guess we will have to wait until Yankee Stadium to see Gretz again.

Read: Mike Richter Is Undecided On The Alumni Game (Update: He Will Be At The Game)

Update: 10:08AM: At ESPN Insider, Craig Custance has this quote from Mike Richter about the outdoor game:

“I’m a huge fan of this outdoor game. It gets back to the roots of our game. I’ll participate in whatever I can,” he said. “I grew up idolizing the Flyers. We had a couple wars against them many times … to get another kick at that is a very cool thing. I’ll definitely be there one way or another.”

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Original Post: 11/14/11: 8:22PM Jesse Spector tweets that Rangers legend Mike Richter is undecided on whether he will play for the team in the Winter Classic Alumni game.

Spector also says that Ron Duguay will play for the Rangers.

Duguay was a lock, his presence on the broadcast and around MSG made him one. With Richter, it depends on how he is feeling and whether he thinks playing will bring about the headaches that ended his career. Keith Primeau won’t play for the Flyers because of post concussion issues he still has.