It’s far too early in the season to make any fair assessment of the 2013-2014 Rangers, but already several things have become apparent – chief among them that the Blueshirts have impressive depth this season.
The return of the team’s heart and soul, Ryan Callahan, on Monday night provided a huge boost against the L.A. Kings and further solidified New York’s top-nine. The one key piece that remains out of the lineup is 25-year-old LW Carl Hagelin, who underwent surgery on a torn shoulder labrum last spring but is on a slightly slower recovery path than Callahan.
Of course, an extended injury to Rick Nash would put a big dent in the depth, but we are optimistic that it won’t be a lingering injury.
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As expected, the Rangers have made some formal roster moves to allow the roster to be at its current size. Captain Ryan Callahan has been placed on IR, where he must remain for seven days. Winger Carl Hagelin has been placed on LTIR, where he must remain for three weeks of ten games. Both moves are retroactive to September 30, meaning Cally will be able to return on October 6, in time for the game in Los Angeles. Hagelin must remain out until at least Tuesday 10/29, when the Rangers are on Long Island to take on the Islanders.
Per Katie Strang, captain Ryan Callahan is indeed a no-go for tomorrow’s opener in Phoenix. This really shouldn’t come as a surprise, since Cally was not practicing with the main lines or either of the powerplay units. Cally is rumored to be aiming for a Monday return in Los Angeles.
After Derek Stepan re-signed earlier today, the Rangers received another piece of great news tonight as Ryan Callahan was cleared for contact. MSG reported the info during the first period of tonight’s game.
Callahan has been skating alongside his teammates for weeks and being cleared was his last major obstacle. Callahan should be in good condition, so he might not be far away from game action.
Could the captain be in the opening night lineup against Phoenix next Thursday? It’s not impossible. Jesper Fast and Marek Hrivik probably hope he needs another week, though.
Per Andrew Gross, rookie winger JT Miller, who tweaked his hamstring when training camp opened, was back on the ice today and skating with the non-game group. AV stated over the weekend that Miller would miss the first two games, so it is likely that he will play in the third game next Monday in Calgary.
Per Dan Rosen of NHL.com, New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan has stated he will not be ready in time for the season opener on October 3 against the Phoenix Coyotes. Both he and Carl Hagelin had offseason shoulder surgery. Since Cally is expected to miss the opener, it is expected that Hagelin will miss the opener as well. That means the Rangers will need two additional forwards at the start of the season, either in the form of veterans (Darroll Powe, Arron Asham) or kids that impress in camp.
Dan Rosen of NHL.com has an interview with Ryan Callahan where he discussed the time table for his injury. Callahan mentioned that skating and shooting won’t be an issue come training camp, but it is when he will be cleared for contact:
“As the schedule goes, it’s going to dip into training camp and it’s possible it could dip into the regular season, too,” Callahan said. “The biggest thing with this is the contact. I should be able to be fully skating and shooting in training camp, but it’s when you can take contact and I don’t think you know that until you get further on and they evaluate it and check it out. As of now, how the rehab is going, I’m right on schedule.”
The whole thing is worth the read. Definitely go check it out.
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With 12 NHL forwards already under contract and Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello still to re-sign, it’s been difficult to figure out where youngsters like Chris Kreider, J.T. Miller, Danny Kristo, Oscar Lindberg and Jesper Fast might fit in next season. Injuries to Carl Hagelin and Ryan Callahan could loosen the rotation for the first few weeks of the season, but there will still be a glut of forwards fighting for playing time.
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According to his Twitter account, Michael Del Zotto became the third Ranger to have surgery this offseason. It does not sound like his injury was as serious as the torn labrums suffered by Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin though. Since the type of surgery is unknown, and the team has not formally announced anything, a timetable for a return has not been provided.
Update: The Rangers have announced that Del Zotto had surgery to repair a sports hernia.
Per Andrew Gross, Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin both suffered torn labrums in their left shoulders, and will undergo surgery to repair the injuries. The injuries will sideline each player for 4-5 months, which gives both of them a September-October return date. With that timeframe, both would miss training camp, the preseason, and possibly the start of the season.
Luckily for the Rangers, this timetable does not mean they will miss significant time due to the injuries. However, this is a major shoulder surgery for both players.