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Rangers captain Callahan separated shoulder ‘eight or nine times’ last season, says Sather

Jun 21, 2013, 1:46 PM EDT

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Upon meeting the New York media on Friday, new Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault said that — if everything he’s heard is true — Ryan Callahan will remain the Blueshirts’ captain.

Sounds like Vigneault’s been talking to Glen Sather.

On Wednesday, the Rangers’ GM praised Callahan’s ability to play through pain during the 2013 campaign, dealing with a reoccurring shoulder issue over the course of the regular season and playoffs.

“I can’t say we underachieved,” Sather told the New York Post. “Take a look at [Ryan] Callahan, he must have separated his shoulder eight or nine times during the year and he kept playing. Same with [Carl] Hagelin.

“These guys played with [courage].”

Callahan and Hagelin both underwent torn labrum surgeries following playoff elimination, and are expected to miss the first few weeks of next season.

Next season promises to be incredibly interesting for the 28-year-old captain.

He’s worn the “C” for the Rangers since 2011 and often epitomized the heart-and-soul, sacrifice-anything-to-win mentality former head coach John Tortorella loved.

But now, Callahan has a new head coach in Vigneault and is entering the final year of a three-year, $12.825 million deal, set to expire at the end of 2013-14.

Next summer will mark Callahan’s first kick at unrestricted free agency.

The right winger has proven to be a consistent goalscorer — 22, 19, 23, 29 and 16 over the last five seasons — and an extremely versatile player that’s able to kill penalties and block shots with the best of them.

It’ll be interesting to see how his future in the Big Apple plays out.

  1. DED - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Oh please! Like there’s any doubt about Callahan being the captain of the Rangers.

  2. barkar942 - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    He and Hank will sign large dollar deals and finish their careers in NYC.

  3. alicesrightfootesq - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    That’s a lot wheel chair rides.

    – D. Wade

  4. rpiotr01 - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Just to play devil’s advocate, even if they wanted to take the C away from callahan, who would get it? Staal, whose career is in jeopardy? Richards, who has one foot out the door?

    Cally is the man and he’s earned it. That’s the least of AV’s concerns now.

    • blackfoot11 - Jun 21, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      I would think McDonagh would get the “C”, if a change was made.

      • rangersfan2430 - Jun 21, 2013 at 6:58 PM

        Giraidi over Mac truck considering he wore the A in Staals absence

  5. hazlydose - Jun 21, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Separated shoulders are actually ligament tears. Every grade except grade 1 is a complete tear of at least one ligament. I’m not a doctor but I don’t think you can completely tear something that has already been completely torn. Sather is exaggerating.

    • nikolainyr - Jun 21, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      Just read an article this morning about recurring shoulder injuries.
      Dr Jo Innes disagrees with you about this one, sorry.

      • hazlydose - Jun 21, 2013 at 4:33 PM

        No he doesn’t. I don’t see one mention of a shoulder separation in that article. A separation is not a dislocation. They are two different injuries.

    • rangersfan2430 - Jun 21, 2013 at 7:03 PM

      Stop taking it away from cally. He toughed threw 51 games with a reoccurring injury and I couldn’t think off a sing other NHL’er who would do that.

  6. laxman1944 - Jun 21, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Callahan is a warrior and a true Captain (you watching Sid???) The Rangers are lucky to have him.

  7. cruuuzcontrol - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Callahan is Mr. Ranger. He will wear the “C” as long as he’s a Ranger, and he’s gonna be a Ranger for a long time.

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