Ryan Callahan recently discussed his recovery from off-season shoulder surgery with Dan Rosen at NHL.com...
"As the schedule goes, it's going to dip into training camp and it's possible it could dip into the regular season, too. The biggest thing with this is the contact. I should be able to be fully skating and shooting in training camp, but it's when you can take contact and I don't think you know that until you get further on and they evaluate it and check it out. As of now, how the rehab is going, I'm right on schedule."
Callahan initially injured his shoulder in a fight with the Flyers Max Talbot on January 29th and reportedly separated said shoulder numerous times throughout the season.
The Rangers Captain doesn't expect to fall behind with Alain Vigneaut's new system as he plans on being on the ice learning it while also watching video and all the games.
...i'm pretty sure we all anticipated that Callahan's recovery would force him to miss some regular season games, but I have no doubt that he will put in the extra time to make sure he is up to speed with AV's game plan once he has been cleared to play.
...while Callahan plans to be around the team while rehabbing, I have to wonder how it'll effect the team on the ice to start the season. This is where guys like Richards, Staal and even Stepan are really going to have to step up the leadership role on this team. Especially after reading that AV is a coach who allows the players to police themselves. Should be interesting.
Callahan, who is entering the final season of his current contract, also mentioned that there haven't been any discussions about an extension with the Rangers.
...with all the focus being on re-signing the RFAs this summer, especially Stepan, as well as Lundqvist's extension, I completely forgot about Callahan. I have no doubt that Callahan will get a nice contract either during the season or next offseason and will be wearing the "C" for many years to come.
...i've said this numerous times on the blog, but if Callahan can lead the Rangers to the Stanley Cup, I think he should be in the conversation for greatest Blueshirts captain of all-time with Messier based on the fact that he's a home grown player.
Cally is still learning captaincy. His "lead by example" and exemplary play are there and all part of the package but the best is yet to come. Also his rugged style leads to too many injuries and with age and shoulder seprarations comes wisdom and I'd like to see him be a bit more discerning on giving up his body - all around great athlete and great leader!
What do you think Cally's salary is if he has a solid, not stellar season from a points perspective. For the sake of argument saying they don't make the finals, as key players always get more money after a cup win or finals appearance. So if he has a 60-70 point season, and does the stuff he always does (blocks shots, leads the club, etc), what kind of price tag is on him?
I expect Kreider to start playing better now with Torts gone.....he won't b afraid to make a mistake....LGR
Hopefully Cally doesn't try to rush back and just let's his body heal. And maybe under AV's system, he won't have to block shots and sacrifice his body quite so much. Him being out for the beginning of the season might have played a significant role in not buying out Richards too. They're gonna need his leadership, as you said Kevin. I don't imagine Cally going north of $6M per season next year, unless he has a monster season this year.
Personally, while I like to see home-grown guys succeed, I don't put them on a pedestal above others. Cally will never do what Mess did so to compare them is not fair to Cally, IMO. Even if he wins a Cup, puts up 35 points in doing so, and wins the Conn Smythe, it's still not fair...closer, but not fair. To each his own though.
I'm glad you're confident Cally will be sticking around after next season. I've had this gut feeling for quite some time that won't be the case. Hope you're right and I'm wrong lol.
I have been an athlete my entire life. I have played hockey through school and been a rock climber since I was seven. Still do both, as well as surf, mountain bike, etc...I had shoulder surgery by the best in the world Dr. David Altchek and he did an amazing job.
That said, I am still not quite the same on that wing and it has been years. I have spoken and know several professional athletes who have gone through the same thing and feel exactly the same. This is not a knee, or an elbow...it is the most complicated and mobile joint in the body and it is held together quite delicately.
I love Cally, but he is playing in the NHL!!! and plays bigger than his body. This injury will change him, either in the way he plays, or his longevity. It's just what it is.
With Callahan's frame of mind, there is nothing to worry about here. Even if he isn't 100% on AV's system, the effort is 100%... and you can't play wrong with that quality.
@danblackburn If he keeps up his current level, he probably gets something like Brown got in LA ($5.75M per). Not sure he gets the 8 years because he's more injury prone, but I could see that amount. No way he goes north of $6M unless he has an other-worldly season!
@gravey94No one will likely ever lead like Messier. He was a leader for the ages, combining skill on the ice, personality, command, etc.. Simply a dominant persona whose team character seemed to be infused into all around him.
That said, I have never seen anyone play with the physical sacrifice that Cally does on virtually EVERY shift. Yes, there are plenty who sacrifice themselves whom I have watched over 40 years and some I have simply marveled at, but none like this. This kid simply has zero fear. Add to it the fact that he has skills as well (no, not like Mess) and you can make a case that while NOT Messier that he is every bit as unique a player as we have ever seen.
In my opinion, when Ovi is "on" and committed to the game he is the best player I have ever seen. Talent, toughness, speed, size....lord. Shame he doesn't have Cally's heart, or Messier's leadership or there would be no discussion who the best player all-time would be. (stats be damned) That guy could impact every game the way Lebron, or Jordan does/did if he wanted.
@Melissa (blknblueshirts) There will be a riot outside MSG if they don't re-sign him.
yeah, that's a tough one. you know he won't be quite the same.
@jmacwilli Thanks for ruining my day.
hang tough, brother
@jmacwilli @gravey94 If Cally got a little smarter about his sacrifices, it would go a long way to making him an even better player. Nobody can ever doubt his heart, he just needs to pick his spots a little better. The team is much better with him in the line-up instead of healing in injury.
If I had a penny for every player that didn't live up to potential, I'd be a rich man many times over. Whether it's lack of effort, injuries, stupid decisions, or just bad luck, there are a ton of guys that could have dominated their sports completely (Lemieux, Neely, Lindros, Gooden, Stawberry, Clemente, etc.). I guess what makes HOFers so great, is the longevity at such a high level.
@KevinDeLury Absolutely. And I'm not saying the Rangers don't plan to sign him cause they would be stupid not to. I just have this gut feeling he plans on testing the market. As I said, I hope I'm wrong.
@KevinDeLury @jmacwilli I know... Still, Cally at 90% of his physical game is still arguably better than most AND it is not as if he is devoid of skill beyond his physical game. He has great hands, a quick shot and a nose for the net. Getting in front of the net is challenging to your body for sure, but it is not as tough on the shoulder as those fast hard checks that he delivers. I suspect you will see a bit less of them. The worst though are the checks you receive on the opposite shoulder while your repaired shoulder is on the boards. It literally crushes that shoulder up and in - exactly what you don't want. I assure you that any player with a "shoulder" knows this and changes his game. When flying down the boards at an opposing player the repaired player will naturally now be inclined to deke outside and then go in, instead of trying to do the opposite and cruise past the opposing player on the board side where he risks getting hit like that.