According to Alain Vigneault, the Rangers captain Ryan Callahan will make his season debut Monday night in Los Angeles.
Callahan will likely start the game on the third line along with Brian Boyle and Taylor Pyatt. Which means Jesper Fast will be bumped out of the line-up.
"If it would have been up to him he would’ve played (in Phoenix) but this gives him almost an extra four days, including two days of contact in practice," Vigneault told the media. "He’s ready to go. He’s cleared to play."
…i don't think there was any chance Callahan wasn't going to play on Monday after the debacle in Phoenix. His energy and intensity is sorely needed.
…i get the idea of easing him back and not wanting to disturb the top two lines, but on a line with Boyle & Pyatt? How much better does that line look with Miller, who plays a similar game as Cally, instead of Pyatt?
…despite that, Callahan's biggest asset will be on the penalty kill, which did not look good in the preseason nor Thursday night.
…if the return of Callahan means the end of Fast in the line-up, I hope the Rangers assign him to the Wolf Pack so he gets a ton of ice time instead of rotting in the press box.