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Cally Can't Catch A Break


JIM: Just as I feel terribly for Marc Staal having to deal with another concussion after all he went through the past two years with major injuries, my feelings are similar in regards to Ryan Callahan, who last night suffered another injury that will cost him more time on the sidelines. Callahan worked extremely diligently this past off season to come back sooner than expected from major summer shoulder surgery. Though he did not play in the pre-season, nor in the regular season opener out in Phoenix, Callahan was somehow back in the lineup against the Kings in Los Angeles in Game No. 2. His feel good story was derailed nine days later when he suffered a broken thumb in the waning seconds of a victory in Washington. After sitting out seven games, Callahan again returned to the Rangers lineup sooner than expected on November 2nd. Now he is injured again five weeks later, an injury that compromises the Rangers on the ice and in the dressing room where his play and leadership will be missed greatly, especially at a time when his team is struggling to find their way. This knee injury also may hurt Callahan's chances of representing the United States in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Socchi, which would just be another downer on what has been a cruel season, so far, for the Rangers captain.

MATT: It certainly is cruel for Captain Callahan, who over the past several seasons has personified this Rangers organization. Other players probably would have changed their style way before this off season's shoulder surgery — I'm going as far back as his broken ankle in 2011 — but not Callahan, who only knows one way to play, and that is 110 percent. Of course he injured it using his body early in the first as the Rangers tried to set the tone for the evening with some physical play. As you said, this latest injury — coupled with the broken thumb earlier — could hurt his chances for playing for the US at the Winter Olympics in February. Callahan has showed his drive to get back into the lineup sooner than expected before, and hopefully that happens again this time around.