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Callahan in question

Posted By Sam Weinman On October 24, 2007 @ 12:33 pm In Uncategorized | 65 Comments

Update, 1:25 p.m.: The Rangers confirm that Thomas Pock has been placed on waivers. No word yet if anyone’s coming the other way, or if the team is contemplating something else.

As if 120-plus minutes without a goal wasn’t enough to cry about, the Rangers may now be without Ryan Callahan, who suffered what is likely a slight knee sprain in a collision with Nigel Dawes last night (right after hitting the post no less).

Callahan missed practice and is being evaluated as I write, so it’s too early to tell what his availability will be tomorrow against the Devils. If he can’t go, or even if he can, Tom Renney said the team is considering bringing someone up from Hartford. I’ll update on that when I have it.

All that being said, I will say the mood around the Rangers at practice today was fairly buoyant, and not merely in a “if you don’t laugh you cry” sort of way. Both players and coaches insist last night was an indication that they are close to breaking through, and Renney even went so far to say the team feels like it’s on the front end of a winning streak.

Those are bold words for a team that seems to be going out of its way not to score goals recently, but maybe it’s better than brooding in their own misfortune.

Some more updates:

  • Naturally a storyline to follow is Scott Gomez facing his old Devils teammates tomorrow. The center conceded it’s going to be strange, and that he’s stayed in touch with a handful of his old mates, but he also said he’s too preocuppied with getting the Rangers out of their slump to pay it much attention. “It’s obviously a first, but I think it’s a little different situation now in that we definitely need the points,” he said. “We’ve got to start scoring some goals, so I think we’re more looking into that than anything.”

  • Sean Avery skated on his own today without pain and again looked sharp, but Renney was insistent that the wing not be rushed back into the lineup if it means compromising his shoulder even more. And the coach admitted holding Avery back is not always easy. “He’s a nutbar,” the coach said with a laugh. The plan is for Avery to likely take part in the morning skate tomorrow and then possibly be subjected to contact within four or five days. But in all likelihood, he won’t return before next Saturday.

    OK, more later…


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