Yesterday during U.S. Olympic orientation camp, Ryan Callahan, who was part of the five-player leadership group named by Team USA GM David Poile, discussed his continuing progress from off-season shoulder surgery (via Bergen Record)...
“I plan on starting training camp just the same as everybody else, obviously with no contact, though. I’ll be skating, shooting and things like that. But, in terms of contact, that’s still kind of unknown. We’ll have to see how it progresses and see how it goes. I can’t give you an exact date when I’ll be able to start contact.”
Callahan added this on possibly being ready for the season opener in Phoenix on October 3rd...
“That’s definitely in question. Like I said, I can’t tell you exactly when I’m going to be ready, but as it comes closer, we’ll know more. I’m definitely in jeopardy of missing the first part (of the season).”
...wonder what he means by 'first part.' I know every player heals differently, but based on what we saw from Gaborik's shoulder recovery last season, you've got to assume he and Hagelin might not be ready until December. Which would be a huge blow to a team that did not add an impact forward this summer.
...what I'm most concerned about with Callahan out will be the lack of energy and physicality. If you look at what will likely be the Rangers opening night line-up there is a real lack of sandpaper. There were way too many nights when the Rangers came out flat last season and Callahan was the only guy you could count on to try and pick the team up with a big hit or hustle play. His absence could potentially be devastating if the team starts the season slowly.
In other words there is no change in Cally's timeline. The good news, if there is any is that he tends to heal quickly. I think we see him in November
If Callahan's out ,Kristo,Miller or Fasth might see some NHL time.Maybe one of them will stick at RW this year.
obviously losing Hags & Cal would be huge, but they dealt Gaborik for depth, Moore signing should help. with AV, there shouldn't be any questions scoring will increase, which made me think Lundquivst will suffer a bit
And if this happens, Sather should once again be fired. He knows what the score is. Other teams deal with this stuff all of the time. With the Rangers, its always the end of the world.
@TheNYRBlog even with cally there's a hole in the RW
I guess this is what happens with injuries, but you kind of flew over the part where our captain just got named to a 5-player group to be the LEADERS OF F'ING TEAM USA!!!! Shouldn't that be some pretty awesome news for NYR Fans? Really shows the respect that he garners around the league. I don't think there's a team in the league that wouldn't love to have Ryan Callahan on their team. Pretty cool to take a step back and think about him coming up through the NYR system.
@TheNYRBlog in case you have not noticed everything with me will be ZUCCS...until he is gone ::))
Who are we thinking will wear the C in his absence (new coaching staff and all, perhaps some As will be shifted?)?
@johnnyb3910 Great point. Some people on this blog still question his leadership abilities surmising that he's quiet in the locker room or some such nonsense.
@johnnyb3910 I really really want Callahan to be named the captain of Team USA. How great would that be? Makes me proud just thinking about it.
@_Jack Stahl or Step would me my choice.
@_Jack No one will wear the C. Possibly have three A's or just Richards and Staal with their usual A's.
I am a huge Cally fan. I think he displays more physical sacrifice than virtually any player I have ever seen. That said...he is not an "effective" leader. His play speaks for itself, but we have all seen this scenario: Rangers play incredibly flat. Cally goes out shift after shift and puts on a one man show of hard-nosed hockey and sacrifice....the rest of the team continues to play completely flat, uninspired hockey...even the very next shift!
That does not happen with an effective leader on a game in game out basis.
I love Cally - wish we could transplant his heart to 75% of the NYR, but he is not a leader, unless (shudder the thought) that somehow what we witnessed from the other players actually WAS an elevated level of intensity, in which case my God the Rangers have more trouble than we can imagine..lol
@_Jack @johnnyb3910 You are correct. I'm one of those guys who think the captain should be vocal in the clubhouse and show some anger after a loss while interviewed and if you listen to Cally, you get the idea that to him is just another game and shows no emotion at all. I hate to listen to his interviews.
@johnnyb3910 I think its a 2 horse race between he and Dustin Brown. You could make a case for Parise or Backes but I think its Cally or DB.
@scrangersfan @_Jack @johnnyb3910 While I agree that you want your leaders to have passion and heart, how your captain handles himself in interviews vs. behind closed doors are two completely different things. The best leaders are the ones who are level headed. They're approachable, they're supportive, and they're consistent. We had a guy in our locker room who got fired up after losses, called people out after bad games, threw guys under the bus, and was a loose cannon at times. His name was John Tortorella and he's not here because he lost the room. You can't respect someone you don't trust, and you can't trust someone who is unpredictable.