Captain's Quotebook

“ It's not so bad, it's just the swelling around it---it hit me in a tough spot. I have taken harder shots off my feet before and been fine, but this hit me in the wrong spot. Right now I can't get my foot into a skate. ”
- Ryan Callahan
“ Yeah, you get a little bit nervous until you get those x-rays back. You get a little pit in your stomach because you don't want anything to be wrong with it, but once we got the x-rays everything was fine. ”
- Ryan Callahan
“ If I could play I'd be out there. But there's a big difference. It feels a lot better today than it did yesterday, so it's definitely progressing. It's just we don;t know how long it will take yet. ”
- Ryan Callahan

Rangers captain Ryan Callahan missed his first game of the 2011-12 season Thursday night in Carolina, instead watching from the press box on crutches and with his right foot in a walking boot---the result of taking an Ilya Kovalchuk snap shot off his arch in Monday's 2-0 Blueshirts victory.

During the first intermission of Thursday's game Callahan met with reporters to discuss his injury, and how soon he thinks he'll be able to return to the lineup.

See what Callahan had to say, then comment below.