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Update: Ryan Callahan out 4-6 weeks with MCL sprain

Dec 10, 2013, 10:36 PM EDT

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Update: The hits keep coming for the New York Rangers, as it turns out Ryan Callahan‘s Grade 2 MCL sprain will sideline him for four-to-six weeks, according to ESPN’s Katie Strang. Brutal.

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If you want a microcosm of the New York Rangers’ tough season, you might just want to consider the rough times for their captain. The headaches continued for Callahan on Tuesday, as he suffered a knee sprain and won’t return against the Nashville Predators on NBCSN.

The 28-year-old’s contract season has been plagued by injuries already. He struggled to start the season following shoulder surgery, broke his thumb on Oct. 16 and now is dealing with this knee sprain.

The Rangers are hoping to avoid losing a third game in a row and a fourth defeat in five games. They’re just 1-6-0 this season after trailing following the first period, so it’s tough to blame Rangers fans if they’re feeling like things are a little bleak right now.

  1. letsgocaps88 - Dec 10, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Damn hope it’s not too serious, We need Captain America #24 to lead us to gold in sochi!!!

  2. crazemastercraze - Dec 10, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Like it even matters anymore!!!!

  3. stepanup - Dec 10, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    This comment is completely unrelated to Callahan, but I absolutely hate this Rangers team. There’s just no F’ing backbone, at all.

    • laxman1944 - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:59 AM

      NEVER should have let B. Prust get out of town.

    • stepanup - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      I think backbone can be extended. There’s no hustle, there’s no battle, there’s no desire. During the Rangers game NBCSN showed a highlight of Dubinsky fighting through a checker to put a rebound in. Imagine that, a player making an extra effort to get a goal. I can’t recall that happening this season, except for one play made by Callahan a few weeks ago. Oh perfect, now the one player who makes the effort is out for a month and a half.

      • laxman1944 - Dec 11, 2013 at 2:17 PM

        It sucks man…….I really like Callahan too

        poor guy just seems snake bitten

  4. lowenni - Dec 10, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    I’m worried for this guys career. He was such a warrior under Torts, always giving up his body to block a shot or lay out a big hit. That could be troublesome for any player, but it doesn’t help that Callahan is only 5’11. Great leader and amazing player, but I hope he doesn’t end up injured for the rest of his career.

  5. devilsarethebest - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Ouch. This guy doesn’t seem to have any injury luck this year. Interesting to see if or how it affects his contract negotiations.

  6. bleedrangerblue - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:10 AM

    @stepanup. This team is soft. I agree. Remember the days they had 3 fights at once to start a game? Miss Prust. Bickel.

  7. cruuuzcontrol - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    My fellow Ranger fans… You are delusional longing for the days of tough guys like Prust and Bickel. This team needs players that can score goals, not spark-lighters. We have seriously overrated some of our talent, and have a team full of guys that can’t finish around the net. And now they don’t play defense, either.

  8. kastout11 - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Even though I have been a life-long Flyers fan, how can anyone not love the way Callahan plays the game. If he were a Flyers, he would be my favorite player. He plays hard and never takes a shift off. It is a shame he is on the stinking Rangers.

  9. bronxtale247 - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    @cruuuzcontrol you’re right all I see is a bunch of so called playmakers with NO ONE putting it in the net. For the past three weeks I’ve watch what has seemed like the exact same dump and chase/cycle around the boards crap. A lot of these guys Stepan/Brassard/Hags/Zuc all want to play the Robin role and we have no Batman! Nash tries but to slow to create his own shot, has to set up. Love Cally and wi miss him but I see a huge down slide with him gone now.

  10. bronxtale247 - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    This might also give our terrible GM Sather an excuse to move someone like Del Z or even someone on the last yr of their contract…Girardi perhaps =/

  11. sportsfan69 - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    When is James Dolan going to get rid of the “Old Man” Glenn Sather? Sather is a joke. Signs a declining goaltender for 7 more years at 8.5 million per year. Making him the highest paid goalie by 1.5 million, thus creating a serious salary cap issue in the future. This team is a mess.

    Start over, the trade or release everyone except for the following:
    Stephan, Callahan, McD, Geraldi, Hags, and Zucs.

  12. bleedrangerblue - Dec 11, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Everyone is making good points here. We will never win with Boyle(couldn’t score in a soccer net) Pyatt (slow as hell). Dominic Moore can’t score to save his life. Pouliot the turnover machine. The rangers are a mess

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