Last night the New York Rangers were dealt their third straight loss, and lost Ryan Callahan for four-to-six weeks to boot according to Tal Pinchevsky of NHL.com. On what was Callahan’s fourth shift of the evening, he made contact with Nashville defenseman Victor Bartley and almost immediately left the ice.
He did not return, and after the contest the Rangers announced that their captain had sustained a Grade 2 knee sprain.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) December 11, 2013
This is a tough break for a player that can’t seem to catch any slack this season. He was forced out of the season opener while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and also missed seven games due to a broken thumb. Now he’ll have to sit out another month-plus with this sprain.
Here’s a look at the play.
Not only is this a huge blow to the Rangers, but the four-to-six week time period also takes him pretty close to the start of the Olympics. The United States has a great pool of players, but they don’t have the depth needed to drop a guy like Callahan without noticing.
He brings too much to the ice on a nightly basis, and it’ll be interesting to see if we hear about him taking a Steven Stamkos-like aggressive rehab regimen to assure being able to play in Sochi.