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Callahan has broken thumb, out 3-4 weeks

Oct 17, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT

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Ryan Callahan is injured again. This time, it’s a broken thumb, suffered last night against the Capitals, that’s expected to keep the Rangers’ captain out of the lineup for 3-4 weeks.

From Blueshirts United:

The timing of the injury certainly is inopportune as the Rangers already are playing without star forward Rick Nash, who has missed three games since being on the receiving end of an elbow to the head last Tuesday in San Jose, and speedy winger Carl Hagelin, who is on long term injured reserve following his own off-season shoulder surgery. Hagelin must sit out the next four games at minimum before being eligible to play again for the Blueshirts.

In addition Callahan’s offensive game had been heating up. The two-time 20-goal scorer had notched three goals in his past two games, including a pair of power play markers Saturday in St. Louis. He also had been credited with 15 hits in the five games he had played so far.

Callahan only just finished recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. At 28, he’s already built up quite the injury log.

To fill Callahan’s spot on the roster, the Rangers have called up forward Darroll Powe  — not Chris Kreider, as some believe they should have — from AHL Hartford.

The Rangers are in New Jersey to play the Devils on Saturday before finishing their nine-game, season-opening road trip with visits to Philadelphia Thursday and Detroit the following Saturday.

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - Oct 17, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Wow, the Rangers are to such a poor start, I had high expectations for them too. I think Sather needs to go, he’s build a team with good players but not the right ones. I think a major trade needs to be considered, especially if this keeps up

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Oct 17, 2013 at 6:28 PM

      The whole Nash idea is starting to backfire also, when he was with the Blue Jackets, they sucked, now he’s gone and their doing well and the Rangers suck. See the correlation?

      • stakex - Oct 17, 2013 at 6:58 PM

        Columbus is 2-3, hardly “doing well”. They also received a wealth of talent back from the Rangers in the two deals they made over the last years and are a better all around team since Nash was traded (but not as a result of Nash not being there).

    • stakex - Oct 17, 2013 at 7:01 PM

      They are the right group of players, IF you have the right play style in mind. The Rangers looked good last night against Washington because they played a lot more like they did under Torts than they had the first five games. More dump and chase, more defensive minded… less up tempo.

      Fact of the matter is the Rangers are a defense first, grinding team that’s at their best playing a gritty game. Torts understood that and had the Rangers clicking… AV seems to be figuring it out as well. If he ever wants to run with a more open, offense minded system then yes, a trade is certainly needed.

    • stinkpretty1 - Oct 18, 2013 at 12:17 AM

      Callahan is a beauty! Hes had some tough luck.

    • cofran2004 - Oct 18, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      dont get me wrong, I’m all for dumping sather. but what did he have to do with cally breaking his thumb?

      wrong place for that statement, man.

  2. 7mantel - Oct 17, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    WOW !

  3. larrybiv - Oct 17, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    That’s ridiculous, there is no correlation. How can a 40 goal scorer be BAD for a team? The Jackets were on the verge. It does hurt not having Duby, oh yeah I guess Gabby as well. Especially now.

  4. stakex - Oct 17, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Powe, seriously? Hell I don’t even care if it was Kreider or not, but anyone would have been better then Powe.

    As for Callahan, its really a shame he’s injured so often. He’s a really good player, but he just can’t stay healthy.

  5. jaredo10 - Oct 17, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Powe ? Seriously ? I agree with the comment above ..why not kreider I don’t get it at alllll

    • DED - Oct 18, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      Rangers tweets saying Pyatt taking Callahan’s spot with Brassard and Richards. Meanwhile Miller moves up to play with Step and Zucc. More ice time for Miller. Powe as extra foward/healthy scratch backup. Wouldn’t do Kreider and good to come up if he isn’t going to play. Better off staying in Hartford.

  6. nyjetblue - Oct 17, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Powe plays well without the puck and creates chances…his problem is he can’t finish.

  7. johnstone17 - Oct 18, 2013 at 6:24 AM

    I’m laughing at the gloom & doom comments here. It’s October.

  8. cofran2004 - Oct 18, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    It says 3-4 weeks… we’ll see. Cally is the type of player who’d come back early from that.

    I wonder if he did it when he lost his balance during the goal celebration? He hit the wall kind of weird. I just dont recall another play where that could have happened.

    • DED - Oct 18, 2013 at 4:23 PM

      Article on NHL.com says he did it while blocking a shot in the final couple of minutes of the game.

      • cofran2004 - Oct 21, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        ah, thanks.

        How often have we heard that though…? “Ryan Callahan hurt blocking a shot.”

        Was really hoping with Vigneault that would come to an end. Ah well… the rangers seem destined to suck this year. Again. Sigh.

  9. bleedrangerblue - Oct 19, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Powe really sucks. This is not good.

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