Yesterday, Ryan Callahan (shoulder surgery) told Jim Cerny at Blueshirts United that there's still a slim chance he could be ready for the season opener in Phoenix...
"I'm trying to work my way back as soon as I can here with rehab and strengthening my shoulder. I'm not going to put anything out of my mind until that day (opening night) has passed. I think there's a slim chance that could happen, but I'm not going to say No until that day has passed."
Callahan also spoke with Dan Rosen at NHL.com about the status of his recovery...
"I've got full range of motion, I can shoot now. I'm still trying to get my strength to where it needs to be and that's part of it, but with this surgery it's just time. You don't want to jump back too early, get into contact and it pops out on you again."
...i know Cally wants to be out there when the puck drops on the season vs. the Coyotes, but I don't think there's anyway he'll be ready. While he'd be missed greatly, I'd rather the Rangers play it safe and have him and Hagelin sit out the first month of the season than chance them coming back too early and losing them for an extended period of time.
One of the players who could replace Callahan in the line-up is Marek Hrivik who has impressed the coaching staff by attending the informal practices. Here's Alain Vigneault on Hrivik's performance in camp...
"I see a tremendous skil set. I see real good size. You see there's a lot of upside there. He's one of the guys I'm really looking forward to seeing in a game against another team because he definitely has speed and skill. Those are great assets to have in today's game."
Hrivik talks about what he needs to do to push for a roster spot (via Daily News)...
“I had a little conversation today (with the coaches). I’ve got to make sure I stop in front of the net, play with the grind of the game on my side, too. My game last year was pretty much making space for the other guys, me using my speed and working on the back post and behind the net. I’ve just got to keep (it up) and try to be more aggressive in front of the net.”
The undrafted Hrivik, who had 7g, 19a in 40 games with the Whale last year, has a cap hit of $635,000.
...with Lindberg, Kristo and Fast impressing at Traverse, the 6', 1", 185 lb. Hrivik has been overlooked as a guy who could fill one of the spots open by the Cally & Hags injuries. He's got size, speed and can put the puck in the net. He also has North American pro level experience which could give him a leg up on the competition. Assuming Sather is a big fan of his cap hit as well.
...Hrivik was supposed to compete for a roster spot last season, but a concussion with the Whale right before Rangers camp opened in January kept him from making an impact. The concussion, which was his second of the season and the third of his career, was also likely the reason for his underwhelming numbers last year.
...i've been a huge fan of Hrivik since he broke onto the scene in the playoffs with the Whale in 2012 when he had 5g, 4a in 9 games, so I'll be rooting for him to make the roster.
Here's more from Vigneault...
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As I mentioned above, Danny Kristo is going to be in the mix for a roster spot and Tal Pinchevsky at NHL.com discusses that opportunity here.
Finally, here's some video from yesterday's camp...
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...tremendous job by the Rangers and good friend of the blog Jim Cerny for making these live look-ins available to fans.
And if you enjoyed that, you're going to love MSG Network's live training camp special at 11am today...
Anyone looking for "credit" for saying this or that on the blog, or all the comments that focus on "I said from the beginning" or "I told you guys last year" or "my prediction all along," can definitely get credit for being a little pathetic.
... but good call, Josh
I think its almost about that time, where the credit starts rolling in for the Lindberg call I made before January last year, saying he would make the team this year
I think Lindberg stands a good shot to make the team out of camp. One of the things I notice about him, he does not have to play top 6 to be effective. He can contribute on 3rd or 4th line roll while he improves his game since he projects more as a two-way centerman. Which give the Rangers more flexibility with a guy like him.
At least with Lindberg becoming a budding star, it wont hurt when we cut Richards after this season to make room for our UFA's. Thinking about our centers is unreal with all the youth and talent... Stepan, Brassard, Lindberg, Miller
OSCAR LINDBERG scores... he is going to be on the opening day lineup, or AV is already starting off on my bad side
this is a good group and the kids don't look out of place. McIlrath still has to work on his skating.
Girardi and McDonagh will be the best first pair in the league this year
Haha....you put "Callahan" and "not come back to early" in the same sentence. When has Cally ever come back to the lineup when he's actually ready to? Unless he comes back in mid November, I'm just going to assume he came back before he was supposed to because that's how he is. And yes, when it happens, it will affect his play because again, that's how it works with him. (I love his competitiveness and desire to do whatever he can to help the team but this one aspect of him drives me absolutely crazy.)
Hearing Hank is already playing out of this world in the scrimmage.... he is going to have his best season yet I would bet. He wants big $$$
Short of being on the ice in uniform, how awesome would it be to have Jim Cerny's job!
I could totally see Hrivik making this team out of the gate, especially now that Miller is a huge question mark. I picked him the other day as my dark horse. Size, speed, and scoring...yes please!
Rather them 110% fit returning a month into the season than pushing them. More important down the stretch than first month of the season.
At least for the start of the season it looks like the defensive pairings are going to begin as:
he's having a good time. his skating is pretty great too!
@AG_Blue I was joking haha, but just wanted to remind everyone how much I like Lindberg
@FREE LINDBERG Uhhh, congrats on picking the SEL playoffs MVP? Big limb there ;-) So are you also going to stand by your assertion that the Rangers are done for 10 years because they didn't buy out Richards over the summer? Just curious ;-)
is Kreider going to prove everybody right this year? or is it too late for that because folks wanted to see him bust out last year?
@AG_Blue FREE LINDBERG, was it on Hank?
@FREE LINDBERG Also Fast and Kristo.
i thought it was on Lundquist, but I guess it was Talbot
@AG_Blue McIlrath is at lest a year away. No sense rushing him, we have enough talent on defense already to be a good D- group. We need toughness though to protect the small guys.
@AG_Blue idk, think it may get moved around a little bit in, with Staal moving up to the first pairing after showing just how good he is... Many people forget, but when healthy he is our best dman
@Melissa (blknblueshirts) could see him coming back on opening night against the candadiens, bet thats the night he has circled.
Yeah. Hank looks real good. But your main man Oscar just scored on him!
Girardi and McDonagh showing they've got rapport in this scrimmage
@AG_Blue @Hotfreak I've been a big fan of Zucc - I always commented on his character last season and a few classy moves later on proved that, and he had the most tape to tape passes of anyone on the team in the playoffs, some from ridiculous angles. There are some world class skills there ready to come out and he has the guile to minimize the impact of his lack of size. Great to see a guy who is such a team player who really loves the game. He'll give us a boost no matter what numbers he puts up, though expect him to rack up the assists and some goals this season
mine would've sounded more humorous in person, it doesn't quite read that way maybe ... anyway, you know i'm liable to rib you now and again
no, talbot and hedberg
i'm definitely not rushing him. honestly i don't know if he'll ever make it, but he is slowly coming along. we have a phenomenal d group and we can find toughness elsewhere. Michael Haley skated well yesterday, he'll take on just about anybody.
Staal has a ways to go to get back to his old self. meanwhile, Girardi and McDonagh have established great rapport. we'll see ...
@FREE LINDBERG I'm positive that's the night he has circled. I just hope he's ready if he steps on the ice that night and isn't doing it just because it's the home opener.
i Love the sound of that!
not much to say about those guys. everybody's skating well. it was a good scrimmage. Kreider got that shootout goal
AV was impressed by Moore's skating saying it looked effortless and easy