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John Tortorella on Ryan Callahan: Injury is non-surgical, but long term

Apr 5, 2011, 3:11 PM EDT

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On the heels of speculation from earlier today, the New York Rangers confirmed their fans’ worst fears that heart-and-soul forward Ryan Callahan suffered a serious injury. It appears that Callahan did indeed break his ankle blocking a Zdeno Chara slap shot, although the team is officially calling the injury a fracture in his right leg.

John Tortorella spoke with media members (including Andrew Gross) about Callahan’s injury, noting that the injury won’t require surgery but will keep him out “long term.”

Obviously, that’s a pretty vague time table, but maybe the Rangers are awaiting more information like the rest of us. As we discussed in the previous post, it’s actually easier to recover from a broken ankle instead of a more nagging injury like a high ankle sprain, so it’s not all bad news for the Rangers. Relatively speaking, of course.

Still, losing Callahan is undoubtedly troubling, especially considering how much he clicked with Brandon Dubinsky. New York played reasonably well in the 19 games he missed earlier this season, though, so it’s not as if they cannot function without Callahan.

That being said, can they make a big impact in the playoffs without him?

In case you’re wondering how the Rangers will cope without Callahan, the short-term solution will be to play Matt Gilroy at right wing on Wednesday to give the team a full set of forwards. The team is also waiting on the return of highly paid captain Chris Drury, who doesn’t match Callahan’s grit but might be able to replace some of his leadership and a little bit of offense.

As always, we’ll let you know if anything chances with Callahan and Drury as the Rangers hope to secure a playoff spot and make some noise if they get there.

  1. djwhite2710 - Apr 5, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    It would seem to me they would use Zuccarello instead of Gilroy. Avery and Zucc. have been switching the scratch of late.

  2. hanktheking - Apr 5, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    If Chris Drury plans on sticking with the team he’d better come in and fill this massive hole.

    IMO, Rangers losing Cally hurts more than the Kings losing Kopi. Not only a huge factor defensively and on the PK, but was finding his touch offensively and is the undoubted leader of this team. Such a tough break.

    • stakex - Apr 5, 2011 at 9:43 PM

      Drury is a waste of space… the best thing he can do for the Rangers is stay injured for a very very long time. Or at least until his contract is up.

  3. nynewsblob - Apr 5, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    First off, the rangers don’t play Wednesday. Their next game is Thursday at MSG against Atlanta. Second, they called up Chris Newbury yesterday, so there’s no way Gilroy will dress on the wing. Who cares about drury

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