Tortorella post practice presser (via The Blueshirts Blog)...
Update, 2:07 p.m.:
Jimmy Murphy at ESPN Boston reports that Zdeno Chara was really upset that his shot broke a bone in Ryan Callahan's leg. He had tremendous praise for Callahan's grit and passion.
...obviously no anomosity towards Chara. He was shooting the puck towards the net not at Callahan.
Update, 1:56 p.m.:
Rangers officially calling Callahan injury a fracture of the leg.
Update, 1:41 p.m.:
Drury will begin practicing with the team tomorrow and Matt Gilroy will move to wing.
Torts says calling up Mats Zuccarello was not considered.
Torts on moving Gilroy to wing...
"gives us some flexibility with having a 7th D in there"
Update, 1:38 p.m.:
Andrew Gross reports that the official report on Callahan is a non-surgical broken ankle and is out indefinitely. "It's long-term," Tortorella says.
Update, 1:29 p.m.:
Drury on loss of Cally...
"Does all the little things, does all the big things. Going to be a big loss."
...while Callahan cannot be replaced, this Rangers team has stepped up in the face of adversity all year and I fully expect them to do the same now.
Update, 1:26 p.m.:
No official word from team but Prust, Stepan, Gaborik, Drury all talk to Andrew Gross about what a big loss Callahan is.
Update, 1:05 p.m.:
Rangers were 10-7-2 without Callahan when he broke his hand in December.
Update, 12:53 p.m.:
Gross reports that the Rangers are sending Kris Newbury back to the Whale and may try Matt Gilroy on the wing.
...sure the playoffs are as good a time as any to try and convert a defenseman into a winger. That's called sarcasm folks.
Update, 12:36 p.m.:
Bob McKenzie at TSN, who is never wrong, says broken ankle for Callahan.
...this pretty much confirms our worst fears.
Update, 12:29 p.m.:
Michael Sauer discusses Callahan and Boyle blocking Chara's shots after the game last night (via Slap Shots)
Update, 12:26 p.m.:
Chris Drury one of 12 Rangers on the ice for optional practice this morning.
...with Callahan possibly done for the year, Drury becomes an important piece moving forward.
Update, 12:11 p.m.:
Jim Cerny reports word coming shortly on Callahan from Rangers.
Update, 12:03 p.m.:
Jesse Spector says nothing has been confirmed by the Rangers. While WFAN says they are reporting based on a source.
I've been holding on to this until a credible source confirmed. Unfortunately, Andrew Gross just tweeted that Ryan Callahan broken ankle rumor may be accurate. Also hearing WFAN is reporting a broken ankle.
The assumption is it happened while blocking a Zdeno Chara shot late in the third period.
@Craig, DO - i appreciate the sentiment, but these aren't hurt, they're INJURED. As much as we'd like they can't just will themselves to health. I have full faith that they'll do everything possible to play if/when we make it to the playoffs. Do you really want to see Drury out there if he's less than, say, 65%?
Well said DO. Dru needs to realize that this is what being a Captain under these circumstances is all about. If he is not close to returning then he needs to shut up about a return and stay the course (i.e., out indefinitely).
Ask yourself this.....if Cally was this close, do you think he would say the same thing as Dru?
If Dru does come back, one hopes that his playoff experience would lay a huge role here. As well, one would think he will also want to make an impact to salvage this awful season due to injuries and reclaim this team as his.
Okay. The way I see it, this is zero hour for Drury. This team has been through the shit this season and has fought through with their heads up. When I saw this, I was disappointed, but I don't think it was the end of the season for the team.
ASIDE: now, I've been a Drury apologist since the beginning when people were complaining about his contract length. I *still* think he has the skills to be a legit NHL'er, even a top 6 guy when he's on.
All that being said, There was one thing I read that pissed me off. Dru's statement that he's going to take it slow and not rush back just because Cally's injured. I say "fuck that." Pardon the profanity, but that is BS. Now is EXACTLY the time when the captain needs to rush back from injury to keep thee team in it! Why not rush back? You don't want to cause further damage and jeopardize your future as a Ranger or as an NHL player!!??
Newsflash, jackwagon! You've already put these things in jeopardy. Now I don't blame Dru for being injured. I think if anything, this year's team is exactly the kind of team that Dru would flourish on. Look at the 05-06 Sabres. I think his play in NY has shown exactly the same attitude as is represented by his comments above. It is selfish.
If Dru had come out and said something like, "I'll be ready for the playoffs. I have to be. Now is the time. It is my obligation as captain." ANYTHING along those lines, I'd have ordered by Drury jersey this afternoon (well maybe not, but you get my point). Now IS the time. Somebody slap that man in the head.
I really think this is a prime opportunity for Avery. IMO he is the only one on the team that constantly sends pucks towards the net, and in the playoffs you might catch one or two goals with a nervous goaltender. He has proven to work with Gaborik, and maybe playing in the playoffs will reduce bone head penalties. I can see him producing much like Scott Hartnell did for the Flyers last year. Huge opportunity to make up for a lackluster season
When Dubinsky had that hairline fracture he said that if it was the playoffs, he'd play....maybe a week and a half from now Callahan will suck it up and come back.
Sounds like a great opportunity for Gabby to be Gabby and then for Torts to play Avery more for energy and forecheck. I love Callahan's grit and energy, but it's not the end of the world. This team is bigger than any 1 forward or D. Hank is another story ;-) They can still go far, especially if Drury comes back and is even a little effective. Come on now, keep the faith!!
the penguins lost crosby and malkin and you don't seem them complaining about, they just keep playing a team game and keep winning (albeit not as much as they would with those guys healthy).
I think we will still make the playoffs and still have a shot to go deep if we continue to play a strong team game.
Gilroy has actually already played wing this season, albeit only for part of a game. I can't remember which game it was, but between a bunch of penalties, and maybe an injury as well, I know he got shifts at wing in the 3rd of some game this year.
And people cite Byfuglien as an example of successful F/D transition in the NHL, but he's not the only one out there. If I'm not mistaken, Gilroy wouldn't even be the first one on the Ranger roster to have made that jump; I believe Boyle played D for a time w/ LA (and in college).
Will Gilroy be a picture-perfect, textbook winger? No. But is anyone on the Rangers, even Cally? No. So more power to Matt Gilroy - let him show us what he's got.
I agree craigincanada. Obviously there is nothing good about losing cally but like torts said, you have to turn it into something good. The guy is a warrior for us and other players feed off his intensity. And seeing him go down to block a shot by the guy who has the hardest shot in the league should motivate the team to step up their game another level and get it done! Gilly deserves to be in this lineup in my opinion and this can definitely be his chance to contribute...The rangers will rally no doubt!
Well at least Chara should not have to worry about a police investigation about this one...spot the sarcasm folks!
Big loss but this team is about team and not one guy. Cally is my favourite but we will do what we did all year...pick ourselves up and move forward.
Gotta say though...what is it about our team and injuries around this time of year...Ratelle, Leetch, Callahan, etc.....
i am kind of curious to see what the dubinsky, anisimov, gaborik line will look like. also the wolski prospal stepan line was pretty nifty. im not terribly down right now because this team can overcome it. im not expecting a cup this year obviously but i think they can really piss a team off in the first round.
Such horrible news. my loser islander fan friend texted me gloating about it. i dont remember barking at him when they lost okposo or streit. anyway i remember the rangers winning without him in the line up earlier in the year. hopefully they just overcome adversity and surprise us all.
I'm ok moving Gilroy to the wing. He knows the position and can't be much more ineffective than some of our other forwards. This could be his defining moment.
Maybe its just a small bone in the ankle area. Is there anyway he heals fast and is ready for later rounds in a month or so?
Honestly, I dont see us making a deep run without him though.
It just ain't fair. Did we get the empty-netter before his injury? Either way, what a blow. He assisted on the season-saving goal, potentially solidifying a playoff spot, now he's out. What is the status on Drury? Do we play Newbury or MZA?
Wow, woke up today and was nodding my head, agreeing with Kevin about waking up with a big smile on my face after last nights epic comeback. Then a couple hours later, its like someone stuck a giant needle in my eye
After such a high last night. The entire NHL East breathes a sigh of relief today because none of them wanted to face the Rangers in the playoffs with the way we playing.
uggghhhh, what a punch to the gut.
Someone linked me to a tweet about this a few minutes ago and my heart literally stopped for a second. Now I just want to cry. Can't imagine a worse player to lose right now.
@DO Nice comment. He can't be passive about this. If (when) the Rangers make the playoffs you know players start smelling the championship. Why would he take a back seat with a comment like that (I haven't anything about it other than your comment)? Lord knows the kinds of injuries Messier and Graves went through before and during the Cup run. STEP UP!
@gravity True, he does throw pucks to the net pretty much more often than most players aside from Gaborik, who can actually hit the net on 99% of his shots.
@Random_Ranger While I'd rather see someone called up instead of Gilroy on the wing obviously I'm going to be rooting for it to work.
@ry_man ugh. I can't stand the kind of fan who'd rather spend time talking sh*t about the other guy than cheering for his own. I have plenty of friends like that and eventually after I stopped responding to them they quit. Its the same old bully game, they want to get a rise out of you so if you ignore them they'll usually go away.
@BBeck I know Gilroy played wing a bit in college but this is the NHL. Hope I'm wrong but I'm not expecting much. Guy won Hobey Baker as defenseman and has struggled in NHL. Doesn't give me much confidence that he can suddenly excel on the wing.
@erichan Hank. But still devastating.
@DO Also, I remember Yzerman playing numerous years with destroyed knees and he played all sorts of world championships and had multiple Cup runs (and rings).
@KevinDeLury I've been saying Gilroy to the wing since he became a Ranger. Look how Dustin Byfuglien adjusted to the wing from D in collegiate hockey. They play different styles but still...I'd look forward to what he does on the wing.
@KevinDeLury well, right. Guess that kinda goes without saying.
I dunno how much more of this I can take this season.
What about Staal? Hank definitely At the top, but I think Staal and Callahan are 2a and 2b. Sucks ass regardless