Ryan Callahan skated on his own for the New York Rangers today—albeit with a brace on his injured leg—according to Steve Zipay of Long Island News Day. It was the first time that the captain of the Rangers has been out on the ice since spraining his MCL 17 days ago. He spoke to Zipay about how he was feeling and had this to say:
I know it’s a big step in the right direction. I’ve got to take it in stride. The first couple days you’re pretty miserable, but then you work as hard as you can to get back in the lineup.
The 28-year-old forward last played on December 10 against the Nashville Predators. He only played in 3:28 of that game though, and was forced to leave with the sprain. Initially it was believed that Callahan would be out for four-to-six weeks with the injury, but getting back out in the ice is less than three is a positive sign.
New York is 3-3 since Callahan went down with his knee injury. It’s been a tough season for him, as he missed time earlier in the campaign with a broken thumb. He’s on pace to participate in only 68 games this year, which would be his lowest total since the 2010-11 season.