NEW YORK -- Darren Turcotte had a plan for getting the 2012 NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game between the Rangers and Flyers some added publicity.
"I was hoping Dave Schultz was playing, because I was going to go after him," said Turcotte, who spent parts of six seasons with the Rangers but was never known for his fighting ability. "Just drop the gloves with Dave Schultz and you'll be on the highlight reels forever."
Alas, Schultz and his 2,294 penalty minutes in 535 career games will not be on the ice when the Flyers and Rangers get together Dec. 31 at Citizens Bank Park. He'll be serving as an off-ice ambassador, but there will be six Hockey Hall of Fame members taking part in the game, including Mike Gartner, who scored 173 goals in 342 games with the Rangers.
Gartner was traded during the 1993-94 season to the Toronto Maple Leafs, one of the many deals engineered by general manager Neil Smith that brought the Rangers their first Stanley Cup in 54 years. At the age of 52, Gartner has enthusiasm for facing the Flyers but far less excitement for where he is physically a month away from the game.