As I said before, I’m not sure what can be read into the Rangers calling up Ryan Callahan other than that he’s obviously played well at Hartford—15 goals and six assists in 21 games—and the Wolf Pack don’t play again until Saturday.
As of now, there are no plans to get him in the lineup, and it’s likely that he’ll be back in the AHL by the weekend. But as has been said countless time here before, it’s not like there are a lot of untouchables on the Rangers’ current roster.
“Something could derive from that, but we just wanted to get a good look at Ryan and make sure he’s up for some interaction with our guys and our practices and get a feel for what he’s about,” Tom Renney said. “He’s had a real good year. You never say never, that’s for sure.”
Of course, what’s most interesting about Callahan is that he was a complete non-factor in training camp, getting sent down even before the playing of the annual Blue and White game, and as a result, never even sniffing the lineup in the pre-season. I asked Renney if he felt he got a good enough look at the rookie during that period, and the coach sort of laughed.
“I guess I got the look I needed,” the coach said. “You make decisions based on what you view.”
And at that point, Callahan was lagging well behind the likes of other forwards Lauri Korpikoski and Brandon Dubinsky. But since then, he’s arguably been the Wolf Pack’s best player (by the way, how about some credit for yours truly, “who picked Callahan out of a crowd while scouting the Wolf Pack a few weeks back”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2006/11/01/meanwhile-on-the-farm/. I’m not right often, but once in a while, I’m good for something).
Either way, as Callahan said, the training camp experience at least provided motivation.
“I thought I didn’t have the best camp. I was coming off knee surgery and I was trying to get my feet underneath me,” Callahan said after today’s morning skate. “I didn’t have the showing I wanted to but I was happy to get the experience. Obviously I went down to Hartford and felt I had something to prove a bit.”
So there you have it. Maybe he’ll never get past the morning skate phase, or maybe he plays Friday in Buffalo near his hometown of Rochester. It would make for a good story, although I’m not sure that’s what drives Renney toward his decisions. Too bad for me, I guess.