During last night's game telecast on MSG, Joe Micheletti reported that Ryan Callahan (shoulder) had been cleared for contact.
According to Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record, Callahan participated in contact drills yesterday, however, Alain Vigneault said he would not be available for the season opener on October 3rd.
...Wooooooo!!!!!! Hoooooooooo!!!!!!! Rangers fans definitely needed this news, along with the Stepan signing, with how brutal the team has looked this preseason. In a much better mood this morning than I should be after last night's debacle.
...despite what AV is saying, still not convinced Cally is absolutely out for the opener. His status will have a lot to do with the futures of guys like Lindberg and Hrivik. As I've said, I hope the team takes it slow with Cally, no need for him to re-injure the shoulder.
Carl Hagelin, who is also recovering from shoulder surgery, was sent back to New York on Wednesday to continue his rehab.
Kevin and Lindberg.
Edmonton is now a very good team with a lot of firepower. They played their regulars with the exception of Yakapov, Hopkins and the goalie. The Rangers outbattled them and outshot them 27-21. At least three of the 21 were redirections maybe more, but at the very most they had 18 shots on goal. Fluky goals and bad Biron resulted in five goals. Vancouver with their fire power only managed 21 shots while the Rangers had 41 shots, 14 that were blocked and 12 that missed the net. So against two strong offensive teams, both playing at home, the Rangers gave up 41 shots on goal, a significant number coming on the pp. The Ranger defense was good outside of the blatant breakdowns and shoddy goal tending. The Rangers played with grit and determination even though they were probably a bit tired from an intense road schedule. The Rangers are going to be a very good team and you may as well resign yourself to that fact.
Cally heals quickly so no surprise that he's a bit ahead of the game. Maybe with a few less blocked shots he will actually stay healthy for a full season. That would be a first. He should be ready to play around the 10-15 of Oct. Certainly by home opener. Though I'm not placing bets given the track record of our training staff but don't think they will be foolish enough to rush him back.
@TheNYRBlog It's preseason but the only thing that concerns me is adoption of AV's system and whether or not they'll be ready Oct 3
Hope Cally and NYR Trainers aren't jumping the gun here. I want the Capt. back as much as the next guy but we all know his style of play doesn't lend itself to shoulder injuries.
@TheNYRBlog SOMEBODY SHOULD AS bROOKS ABOUT THAT 9.5 million contract for Lundy after last nite. How many years was it? He is clueless
"how brutal this team has pre-season." Have the Rangers been outplayed in any of these games? They outplayed both Edmonton and the Canucks and were victimized by an inability to score... hey we're missing our entire top line.. and a number of deflection goals, defensive breakdowns and poor goalie play....btw both Stepan and Cally were in the top ten in Selke voting. AV is experimenting...it is pre-season... why else would Pyatt be on the pp and pk etc. etc. The good news is that the team is playing hard and physical. The breakdowns are certainly correctable and the goalie play is bound to improve.
Dorsett has become a serious liability and needs to take anger mgmt. He's gonna lose us some games with his incessant penalties.
@shishya100 I don't think anyone feels that the Rangers are going to be a terrible team based on the preseason, but I'm sorry what we've witnessed so far has been disappointing.
@shishya100 outplayed the Canucks? their d-zone was worse than the Kitchner Rangers last night... they didnt outplay anyone last night
@shishya100 The Rangers have been outscored the last two games 10-3! Are you sure they've outplayed the Oilers and Canucks?