At ESPN NY, Katie Strang writes about how the Rangers may have to deal with a blow to their identity with the potential loss of Ryan Callahan after he left last night’s game with an apparent shoulder injury.
Strang writes “Callahan is the catalyst for the rest of the team, setting the tone with his board-rattling hits, aggressive forechecking and knack for scoring goals in the high-traffic areas of the ice.”
She adds, “considering the team’s early struggles to re-establish the identity that made them so successful last season, any prolonged time out with injury for Callahan would be a serious blow to the team as it tries to make up ground in the standings.”
Brian Boyle told Ranger Rants last night, “It sucks because he does so many things in play and on the bench and in the room. “You obviously feel for Cally, the way he plays, he leaves it all out there. You try to look at it as a motivation thing try to play well for him and try to fill in for him as best you can.”
Callahan has two goals this season, 27 hits and is averaging 20 minutes per night, 4:17 on the PP and 3:26 killing penalties.
The Rangers practice at 12PM today and may provide an update on Callahan following that.
Adam Rotter: Had Jason Arnott been able to pass his physical, this wouldn’t be such a tough question. I think a lot depends on how long they expect Callahan to be out. The Rangers were already in the market for depth forwards and this will only increase their search and their urgency to find one. I don’t know if JT Miller or
Ryan Bourque (injured) are ready or if John Tortorella wants another rookie, in addition to Chris Kreider, in the lineup. You can’t replace what Ryan Callahan gives you with one player. Everyone needs to step up at both ends of the ice for the Rangers to continue moving forward.