Ryan Callahan of the New York Rangers skated for the first time since breaking his thumb on October 16 while blocking a shot against the Washington Capitals. That’s just the kind of season that it’s been for the Blueshirts. Callahan has made plays like that a thousand times since breaking into the NHL. Yet in this particular instance, the puck broke his thumb and pushed him out of the lineup for at least a month.
He took to the ice at Madison Square Garden before to his Rangers teammates today to get some skating in, but doesn’t appear to have made any big progress toward returning.
Ryan Callahan (broken thumb) skated prior to practice at MSG. First time since injury. Still a ways away.
— Steve Zipay (@stevezipay) October 27, 2013
At least the Rangers are finding ways to compete at the moment. That’s more than could have been said for them a few days ago.
The team seemed lost without Rick Nash, Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin up front. Things seemed to get worse when Henrik Lundqvist went on the day-to-day injured reserve, but the squad has been playing oddly well in front of Cam Talbot.
While Callahan’s time table of a month hasn’t changed, that can be viewed as a good or a bad thing. Given New York’s luck so far this season, would it have been surprising to see him accidentally tweak his ankle or something as soon as he took the ice at the Garden?
The Rangers hope to continue their slow upward climb against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday.