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Callahan says rehab could ‘dip into regular season’

Jul 30, 2013, 2:48 PM EDT

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Rangers captain Ryan Callahan separated his shoulder “eight or nine times” last season, according to general manager Glen Sather,

The solution, not surprisingly, was surgery in May to repair a torn labrum. (Ditto for Callahan’s jitterbugging teammate, Carl Hagelin.)

Per NHL.com, it’s unlikely Callahan will be 100 percent by the time training camp starts. Or even possibly before the season starts.

“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.”

In a related story, the injuries to Callahan and Hagelin could have an effect on the team’s negotiations with restricted free agent Derek Stepan.

From the New York Post’s Larry Brooks (July 17):

There is no progress regarding talks with Derek Stepan, sources report. Stepan, the club’s first-line center, is a Group II free agent without arbitration rights. Absent pressure points (or an unexpected offer sheet), negotiations with Stepan could well go into September and perhaps bleed into training camp.

The Rangers will likely need to carry 15 forwards on their opening roster because of the post-labrum surgery rehab that will sideline both Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin for the first few weeks of the year — but not for enough time to qualify for long-term exemption — and the need to have a healthy spare available on the opening trip.

With 24 players under contract, the Rangers have around $2 million in cap space, according to CapGeek,

As we noted in the post about Mats Zuccarello agreeing to a one-year deal, if Stepan signs a so-called “bridge” contract, the Rangers should be fine. If it’s a longer-term deal with a higher cap hit, a roster adjustment — even if it’s just a minor one — may be required.

  1. stakex - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    I still think its unlikely the Rangers would have to carry 15 forwards. Even if Callahan and Hagelin happen to fall into that narrow window of not being ready to start the year, but not being out long enough for long term IR (which would need to be 24 days in this case) I don’t see the Rangers carrying an extra forward. Would the Rangers like to be carrying a spare? Sure… but its not impossible to do without either.

    In the event a trade is required though, I think its safe to say Del Zotto and Stralman are the most likely to go. The Rangers have a bit of defensive depth now, and might even have a log jam for the bottom pair… so they could deal with the loss of either one (granted Del Zotto might be very valuable with AV behind the bench). Boyle would also be a trade option, but if they do need 15 forwards to start the season that doesn’t seem likely.

  2. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Why even bother taking the time to analyze anything about a team that is as relevant to hockey as their NY neighbors, the Mets and Jets, are as relevant to their respective sports?

    Hey! I hear the Jacksonville Jaguars have a quarterback competition between Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne!

    • DED - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      You don’t make any sense. The Rangers are absolutely relevant to hockey. The Rangers made it to second round of the playoffs this past season and the Eastern Conference Finals the year before that. The other two teams in the tri-state area are the Islanders, who haven’t been to the playoffs in how many years? and the Devils, who didn’t make the playoffs this past season. Yeah they beat the Rangers in the ECF two seasons ago but now that they’ve lost three of their top players (Parise, Clarkson, and Kovalchuk) they’re in dire straits and will quite likely not make the playoffs again this year. So where do you get off saying the Rangers aren’t relevant?!

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Jul 30, 2013 at 4:09 PM

        LOL

        One cup in 70+ years disagrees with you. Facts are stubborn things.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Jul 30, 2013 at 4:16 PM

        Ah, just saw your quip about the Devils. Heh, I’m not even a Devils fan. Even if I was they got a lot to be proud of .. what .. they’ve either won or been to the big show 20+% of the time in the past eighteen years. That’s pretty solid. Didn’t the Rangers miss the playoffs like 7 years in a row pretty recently? LOL

        I consider myself a fan of hockey in general. Just love watching the sport and I’m not as blinded as a diehard. I just call em like I see em.

        But uh … just a a lil tip for ya though, a Ranger fan trying to talk trash to a Devils fan is like a NY Jets fan trying to talk trash to a NY Giants fan.

        Hate to pop your delusion but someone has to.

      • hockey412 - Jul 30, 2013 at 4:29 PM

        The Islanders were in the playoffs this year. Good lil hockey team, them Islanders.

    • garyn1183 - Jul 30, 2013 at 6:32 PM

      If you consider yourself a fan of hockey in general especially NHL hockey you should definitely consider the Rangers relevant considering they along with the Maple Leafs and Canadians make the majority of the profits that pay into the league to keep it going.

  3. donniesd - Jul 30, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Saying the Rangers aren’t relative to Hockey Is like Saying Vampires aren’t relative to Blood U Like Moron… I hate it when the Zombie Movie Geeks go on sports Forums… bet you look cool in your Zombie costume at Comic Con… JAck Ass!

  4. moarjam - Jul 30, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    The guy is obviously trolling…or just doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

    He’s bringing up the rangers playoff drought…from over a decade ago. Totally relevant information to whats happening in NHL today!

    Since the 2005 lockout the rangers have made the playoffs 7 out of 8 years. They are plenty relevant.

  5. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Jul 30, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    So pointing out that the New York Rangers are as “successful” as the New York Mets and the New York Jets is considered trolling?

    Wow, you Rangers fans really are, generally, a whiny delusional bunch indeed.

  6. moarjam - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    dude enough.. the rangers suck and you hate them. we get it.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Jul 31, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      I have no hatred towards the Rangers. I’m just not delusional enough to try and make them out to be something other than a big market franchise that’s nothing short of a joke when it comes to being successful in terms of winning. Like the NY Jets and the NY Mets.

      I understand that you’re bitter when reminded of the truth. I can’t say that I’d blame you. NY Jets fans are just as much of a miserable bunch.

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