After undergoing off-season shoulder surgery and grinding his way through an arduous rehab in order to return to the lineup by the second game of the season, Rangers captain Ryan Callahan found out on Thursday that he suffered a broken thumb during Wednesday's 2-0 victory over the Washington Capitals. This latest injury is expected to sideline Callahan three to four weeks.
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.
Since the Rangers did not practice Thursday, neither Callahan nor head coach Alain Vigneault was available to discuss the injury, including how exactly it occurred. Callahan logged over 22 minutes in Wednesday's victory, scored a goal, and fired six shots on goal.
Should Callahan be out three weeks, he would miss nine games on the Rangers schedule including five divisional matchups and the home opener against the Canadiens on October 28th. If Callahan misses four weeks of action, the total of missed action would reach 12 games.
To take Callahan's spot on the roster the Rangers recalled veteran forward Darroll Powe from the Hartford Wolf Pack . Powe has appeared in all four games the Wolf Pack have played so far this season, scoring one goal and posting a +1 plus/minus rating.
The 28 year-old veteran of 328 NHL games had a strong training camp. but failed to make the Rangers' opening night roster nonetheless. Powe was acquired from Minnesota last season and was held without point over 42 games, including 34 with the Blueshirts. He has also played for the Flyers, totaling 28 goals and 56 points in his NHL career.