In the 3rd period against the Philadelphia Flyers Ryan Callahan dropped the gloves to fight Max Talbot. After the two finished Callahan immediately grabbed his shoulder and skated to the Rangers locker room. He did not return for the remainder of the game. Yesterday he underwent an MRI that revealed shoulder subluxation. His timetable for recovery is projected to be 10-14 days. Official press release from the Rangers:
NEW YORK, January 30, 2013 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that Ryan Callahan has suffered a subluxation of his shoulder and will be sidelined for 10 to 14 days. The Rangers captain suffered the injury in the third period of last night’s 2-1 win against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. Callahan underwent an MRI earlier today and was examined by Dr. Andrew Feldman. Callahan registered his 200th career NHL point with the game-winning goal, while on the power play, prior to suffering the injury in last night’s contest. He has notched two goals in six games this season, and is currently tied for second in the NHL with 27 hits and sixth among league forwards with nine blocked shots.
This is the best possible news the Rangers could have received regarding the injury. At the low end Cally is going to miss at least five games and at the high end he will miss about seven or eight games. A decent amount of time, but it could have been much, much worse. Considering how tough and competitive Cally is, I am fully expecting the time away to be on the low end of this number. You know he is going to put the team before himself and as soon as he thinks he can compete he will be back. It also wouldn’t surprise me if the Rangers use this as white board material to rally around. As it is, the team is getting on a little roll and knowing they won’t have to lose the heart and soul of the team for an extended period of time can give them a little extra boost in his absence. It is obviously going to hurt not having Cally in crucial situations, however, this is when you want to see a player like Derek Stepan or Carl Hagelin step it up a notch. Neither player has had a particularly great start to the year (although Stepan has been better than Hagelin) and now is their time to make a huge contribution to the team. Because without either of them chipping in, any morale boost the Rangers might have obtained from knowing Cally will be back soon will not matter.