Rangers captain Ryan Callahan had an MRI exam on his injured left shoulder Wednesday afternoon after hurting it in a scrap with Philadelphia's Max Talbot during the third period of Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Flyers at Madison Square Garden.
The results of the MRI were pretty much a best-case scenario for the Blueshirts who found out that Callahan did not suffer a major injury, and instead will be out 10 days to two weeks with a shoulder subluxation.
"Hopefully it's short-term and he comes back quickly," alternate captain Brad Richards said of Callahan's injury following practice at the MSG Training Center on Wednesday. "Obviously the mood around here is that we want him back as soon as possible. He's a big part of every part of the game---power play, penalty kill, and 5-on-5---but that being said we have to push on, it's part of the game. Hopefully he is back soon."
Callahan injury occurred 4:42 into the third period last night as he tangled with Talbot to the side of the Rangers net at the whistle. Both players were assessed minor penalties for roughing, with Callahan's shoulder caught in an awkward position during his sparring with Talbot.
The Rangers captain immediately left the ice, headed to the dressing room, and did not return for the remainder of the game.
"He's a big part of this team, so hopefully he'll be back soon with us," said Marian Gaborik folllowing Wednesday's practice. "But it is what it is, so we need everyone to chip in in all ways, as well."
The Rangers did not recall anyone from the Connecticut Whale, so rugged defenseman Stu Bickel skated on the fourth line during practice Wednesday, with Mike Rupp being moved from the fourth to the third line, and Taylor Pyatt upped from the third line to Callahan's spot on the second line alongside Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin.
"Every team goes through injuries," explained head coach John Tortorella on Wednesday. "When you lose a top guy like (Callahan) that shuffles your lineup. But people get moved up and they get an opportunity. How the (dressing) room is conducted and how (the players) accept responsibility and accountability certainly does help when you do lose a player like this."
Tortorella would not reveal his thoughts about what his lineup may look like Thursday against the Penguins, or moving forward. One of the longer term options could be the return to health of rookie Chris Kreider, who has missed the past three games due to a chipped bone in his ankle. Kreider skated lightly on his own Wednesday morning before practice, and is unsure of what the training staff has in store for the rest oft he week, though he did say he feels "better every day".
Kreider told reporters Wednesday that he originally hurt his ankle blocking a shot while playing with the Whale. Initial reports were that he had suffered a bone bruise, but when the ankle kept hurting, Kreider went for an MRI exam last week, which confirmed the chipped bone.
"Regardless of (Callahan's injury) I want to be out there and I want to be playing," stated Kreider. "It just kind of makes me stir crazy because I want to be with the group."
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