Slim Chance Cally Ready for Opener; Hrivik’s Tremendous Skill Set

Yesterday, Ryan Callahan (shoulder surgery) told Jim Cerny at Blueshirts United that there's still a slim chance he could be ready for the season opener in Phoenix…

"I'm trying to work my way back as soon as I can here with rehab and strengthening my shoulder. I'm not going to put anything out of my mind until that day (opening night) has passed. I think there's a slim chance that could happen, but I'm not going to say No until that day has passed."

Callahan also spoke with Dan Rosen at about the status of his recovery…

"I've got full range of motion, I can shoot now. I'm still trying to get my strength to where it needs to be and that's part of it, but with this surgery it's just time. You don't want to jump back too early, get into contact and it pops out on you again."

…i know Cally wants to be out there when the puck drops on the season vs. the Coyotes, but I don't think there's anyway he'll be ready. While he'd be missed greatly, I'd rather the Rangers play it safe and have him and Hagelin sit out the first month of the season than chance them coming back too early and losing them for an extended period of time.

One of the players who could replace Callahan in the line-up is Marek Hrivik who has impressed the coaching staff by attending the informal practices. Here's Alain Vigneault on Hrivik's performance in camp…

"I see a tremendous skil set. I see real good size. You see there's a lot of upside there. He's one of the guys I'm really looking forward to seeing in a game against another team because he definitely has speed and skill. Those are great assets to have in today's game."

Hrivik talks about what he needs to do to push for a roster spot (via Daily News)…

“I had a little conversation today (with the coaches). I’ve got to make sure I stop in front of the net, play with the grind of the game on my side, too. My game last year was pretty much making space for the other guys, me using my speed and working on the back post and behind the net. I’ve just got to keep (it up) and try to be more aggressive in front of the net.”

The undrafted Hrivik, who had 7g, 19a in 40 games with the Whale last year, has a cap hit of $635,000.

…with Lindberg, Kristo and Fast impressing at Traverse, the 6', 1", 185 lb. Hrivik has been overlooked as a guy who could fill one of the spots open by the Cally & Hags injuries. He's got size, speed and can put the puck in the net. He also has North American pro level experience which could give him a leg up on the competition. Assuming Sather is a big fan of his cap hit as well.

…Hrivik was supposed to compete for a roster spot last season, but a concussion with the Whale right before Rangers camp opened in January kept him from making an impact. The concussion, which was his second of the season and the third of his career, was also likely the reason for his underwhelming numbers last year.

…i've been a huge fan of Hrivik since he broke onto the scene in the playoffs with the Whale in 2012 when he had 5g, 4a in 9 games, so I'll be rooting for him to make the roster.

Here's more from Vigneault…

To watch at Blueshirts United, click here.

As I mentioned above, Danny Kristo is going to be in the mix for a roster spot and Tal Pinchevsky at discusses that opportunity here.

Finally, here's some video from yesterday's camp…

To watch at Blueshirts United, click here.

…tremendous job by the Rangers and good friend of the blog Jim Cerny for making these live look-ins available to fans.

And if you enjoyed that, you're going to love MSG Network's live training camp special at 11am today…

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