Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports on a welcome sight today as Ryan Callahan joined his teammates during practice today.
Gross notes that Callahan was wearing a yellow non-contact jersey.
Callahan shooting puck fine, just ripped a one-timer. Key here for him is contact.— Patrick Kearns (@PatrickKearns) February 4, 2013
Kearns also has this quote from Callahan, who gave a 7-10 day time table for his return, on if he'll modify his game due to the injury...
"I am not gonna change the way I play."
...wouldn't expect any other answer from the Rangers captin.
...pleasantly surprised that he's out there shooting already. Figured that wouldn't have started up for another week. The guy's a gamer.
Also from practice, Gross says Chris Kreider participated in the entire session, however, about 15 minutes into practice, he switched into a yellow non-contact jersey. This is a likely indication that he will not be returning to the line-up tomorrow night in New Jersey.
...while I'm disappointed to hear this, absolutely no reason to rush him back and possibly cause further injury. Especially after the trade and call-ups today.
Finally, Gross reports that Dan Girardi was given the day off for "maintainance."
...if there's one guy who deserves a maintainance day every now and then it's Girardi.
With no Kreider, I would have to think only one of Mashinter or Miller is going to end up staying with the big club. They each have a 3-5 game tryout for the team, unless they want to dump Asham in the AHL. Should be a very interesting couple of games. We will get a look at some of our great young talent. Personally, love Miller, but giving away Rupp I hope Mashinter stays up he adds a lot of size to our lineup
@_Jack -- just another journalist, a hockey writer
@nyr203 -- yes, same concept: you're not allowed to hit a guy in a crosby jersey
@slapshot13j -- by all reports, Miller isn't quite ready for the transition, but given the injuries and the uncertainty about our bottom six, this is a great chance, early in this short season, for Miller to get his feet wet and get a taste of the big league. This experience will serve him well when he is ready to make the jump.