Callahan in Jeopardy of Missing First Part of Season

Yesterday during U.S. Olympic orientation camp, Ryan Callahan, who was part of the five-player leadership group named by Team USA GM David Poile, discussed his continuing progress from off-season shoulder surgery (via Bergen Record)…

“I plan on starting training camp just the same as everybody else, obviously with no contact, though. I’ll be skating, shooting and things like that. But, in terms of contact, that’s still kind of unknown. We’ll have to see how it progresses and see how it goes. I can’t give you an exact date when I’ll be able to start contact.”

Callahan added this on possibly being ready for the season opener in Phoenix on October 3rd…

“That’s definitely in question. Like I said, I can’t tell you exactly when I’m going to be ready, but as it comes closer, we’ll know more. I’m definitely in jeopardy of missing the first part (of the season).”

…wonder what he means by 'first part.' I know every player heals differently, but based on what we saw from Gaborik's shoulder recovery last season, you've got to assume he and Hagelin might not be ready until December. Which would be a huge blow to a team that did not add an impact forward this summer.

…what I'm most concerned about with Callahan out will be the lack of energy and physicality. If you look at what will likely be the Rangers opening night line-up there is a real lack of sandpaper. There were way too many nights when the Rangers came out flat last season and Callahan was the only guy you could count on to try and pick the team up with a big hit or hustle play. His absence could potentially be devastating if the team starts the season slowly.

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