With Ryan Callahan declaring that he's out for the season season opener in Phoenix on Thursday, the question is when will he finally be ready for game action.
Larry Brooks at the New York Post feels it could be as early as next Monday's second game of the season in Los Angeles. The Rangers also play at San Jose (Tuesday, Oct. 8) and Anaheim (Thursday, Oct. 10) next week.
Brooks also explains that Callahan's recovery is well ahead of Carl Hagelin's (placed on LTIR) because the Swedish winger's surgery was more complex.
...the sooner Callahan gets back in the line-up the sooner I'll start feeling better about this year's version of the Rangers. This team lacked intensity during the preseason and we all know Callahan is the remedy for that situation.
...a Callahan return will immediately drop someone who probably shouldn't be getting top six minutes (Richards? Zucc? Pouliot?) to the third line making for a much more formidable line-up.
They could take the approach of easing him back in at 3rd line minutes. Obviously he sat out most of the preseason, so he's basically a week or two "behind" everyone else as far as offseason rust. If the first few games without him aren't completely atrocious, leave the top 2 lines together and get Cally in there 10-12 minutes a night, some speical teams mintues, getting his legs back and adding an offensive dimension to our 3rd line.
I really hope they're not rushing him. Would rather have him miss a little more time than suffer a repeat injury, which was the case in the past.
@shoot_the_goalie I'm with you. Bad preseason probably made Cally and team push to get him back ASAP. Which isn't a good thing.
Having said that, this team needs him back in the line-up as quickly as possible.
@shoot_the_goalie Can you say contradiction?