Last month, it was announced that Ryan Callahan underwent successful surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. The Rangers captain recently gave an update on his progress (via Blueshirts United)...
"It's getting there, slowly but surely (my shoulder) is feeling better. The first week (after surgery) was tough."
As I suspected, Callahan admitted the injury occured in a fight with Flyers forward Max Talbot on January 29th at Madison Square Garden, but didn't make any excuses for playing with the injury for virtually the entire season...
"It's part of it, there are no excuses. If you can get out on the ice and play, then no excuses. But fortunately it's feeling better now (after the surgery)."
The recovery time will be 4-5 months and he'll likely miss training camp and possibly start of next season. Carl Hagelin had the identical surgery.
...i have mentioned this briefly, but with Vigneault being a hands off coach, Callahan is going to have to transform from a captain who leads by example to a more vocal and emotional leader (see Mark Messier). While this new role might be out of character for Callahan, I have all the confidence in the world that he'll be able to adjust and lead this Rangers team to great things.
...this is the same surgery that Gaborik had last summer, so fans should be prepared for a bit of a struggle from Callahan until he begins to feel confident in the shoulder and gets himself into game shape.
I love all the chatter about Cally needing to become more vocal as a leader. It is as inane as my talk of Nash needing to play with more "fire in the belly'. LMAO....and I want my ex-wife to become more intelligent and magnanimous.
We bat around these traits as if they are somehow attainable after 15 years old. News flash - the die is cast. If the Rangers feel they need a vocal leader and they don't have from within then they must go get one. The same applies to players who have that "fire in the belly". These are NOT attributes that one can acquire in adulthood. They have been determined long before they ever arrived in the NHL.
One can certainly become more effective within one's own character set, but let's not kid ourselves about wholesale changes in one's makeup.
The Rangers lost "heart" this year, NOT because players no longer "bought" into Tort's system, but rather because they lost a LOT of players with heart. (Honestly, sometimes we make this so unnecessarily complex.)
Same surgery as Gabby? On paper only - and a completely different type of player than Gabby. We'll hardly notice next year. Many won't agree but Cally's capt'n skills still need work IMHO. Lead by example is not enough. Mess can teach him the ropes which is one of the reasons I'm hoping Mess winds up behind the bench next year. There is nothing Cally can't accomplish that he puts his mind too. That's why we all love him. amazing athlete. amazing human being.
He's already vocal and emotional on the ice, and may already be that way in the locker room. What he needs to do is inspire his teammates day in and day out. He's had glimpses, but he needs to sustain it.
"I think the most important advice for any captain is that you can only be who you are. There’s a reason why you were named captain. So you can only stay true to yourself. Everybody has different styles of leadership. All can be successful. Be who you are. One important aspect of leadership is gain the trust of your teammates. And be consistent in your behavior on a day-to-day basis, whether things are going good or things are going bad. You are a consistent beacon for your teammates, and I think they respect that." #11
How do we know he's not vocal and emotional at practice and in the locker room? From watching that bio on MSG he seems like the jock-type who was captain material by all means.
"Callahan is going to have to transform from a captain who leads by example to a more vocal and emotional leader"
This is a crucial point IMHO and a lot hinges upon it.
@gravey94 Damn you dropping a Messier quote on me like that. lol. Nice work!
@_Jack From everything I've read, Cally's not the vocal type, but obviously I'm not in the locker room so I could be wrong.