On Friday morning two of the Rangers most important players, forwards Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin, underwent surgeries to repair the same exact injury at the NYU Langone Medical Center's Hospital for Joint Diseases in Manhattan. And fortunately for the players---and for the team---both surgeries were deemed a success.
Both Callahan and Hagelin underwent surgery on Friday to repair a torn labrum in each of their left shoulders. The team expects both players to require between four and five months to recover and be able to play hockey again. That time frame would put both players at or near the start of the 2013-14 regular season.
Callahan, the Rangers captain, missed three games early on in the abbreviated 48-game 2013 season with a subluxed shoulder. He went on to record 16 goals, 15 assists, and 31 points in 45 games, while leading the team in hits (154) and power play goals (six). Callahan was also voted the Players' Player Award for a third straight season, and captured the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award as voted by the fans for the fourth time in his career.
In the post-season Callahan notched a pair of goals and totaled five points while playing in all 12 games.
Hagelin capped a strong sophomore campaign in the NHL with three goals and six points in 12 playoff games---tying for second on the team in post-season goals and ranking third in points. During the regular season the speedy Hagelin appeared in all 48 games and scored ten goals while finishing with 24 points. He also posted a +10 plus/minus rating.
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