As promised, Ryan Callahan has been called up from Hartford and practiced today on a line with Matt Cullen and Sean Avery. Continuing our multi-media experience here on the blog, I present the wing talking about his third go-round with the Rangers this season.[audio:http://lohud.com/audio/rangers/callahan0315.mp3]
Having been burned once this year by my “Jason Krog is playing with Jaromir Jagr tomorrow” prediction, I should always offer a disclaimer when relaying the lines from practice. So here it is: they’re not set in stone. Still, they’re fun, and everyone likes talking about them, so here goes:
Ryan Hollweg still has the flu, so his availability for tomorrow is uncertain. Furthermore, I don’t know how well Colton Orr plays on the left side, so that might be a consideration as well.
Meanwhile, David Liffiton is also up and was paired today with Michal Rozsival. Marek Malik was with Dan Girard, while Thomas Pock and Paul Mara (two lefties) were the third pair. Kevin Weekes did not practice today and will stay behind to work with Brendan Shanahan tomorrow.
While the Rangers don’t have a set date in place for Shanahan’s return, Tom Renney conceded today that the two do have next Monday and Wednesday “circled” as possibilities. Naturally, every game presents its own challenges and risks. But for obvious reasons, it probably wouldn’t hurt to have Shanahan get a few games under his belt before the Rangers face the Islanders next Sunday.
OK, more later…