Callahan shoulder: Not worst-case scenario for Rangers (updated)


Ryan Callahan had an MRI exam done today and the results showed a subluxation of the left shoulder he injured in a scrap with Philadelphia’s Max Talbot in Tuesday night’s 2-1 win over the Flyers.

That is certainly not a worst-case scenario for Callahan or the Rangers. He is expected to miss only 10 days to two weeks with the injury.

Subluxation occurs when a bone is partially pulled or pushed out of its normal position.

The Rangers captain will have to be replaced in the team’s lineup for Thursday’s game with Pittsburgh and beyond, but the fact that this is not a long-term injury in a 99-day season has to be seen as good news.

The Rangers have not called up a player from the minors to replace Callahan, so they probably will do so from within at the moment, meaning that defensemen Stu Bickel or maybe Matt Gilroy could move up to play forward since the Rangers have two extra D-men active. Chris Kreider (bone chip in his ankle) skated on his own today and could be close to returning, too.

The Rangers have several young players on their Connecticut farm club — including JT Miller — but none have been ready for call-up to this point.

Also Glen Sather has been working the phones lately — proven by his agreeing to a contract with 38-year-old Jason Arnott, which fell apart when Arnott failed a physical exam — so help could also come from outside the organization.

A word of warning, though. Another Rangers captain, Barry Beck, suffered a subluxed shoulder once in the early 1980s and it became a recurring injury that required surgeries and ultimately ended his career.


Here’s the official announcement from the Rangers:


Sidelined 10 to 14 Days With Shoulder Injury

NEW YORK, January 30, 2013 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that Ryan Callahan has suffered a subluxation of his shoulder and will be sidelined for 10 to 14 days. The Rangers captain suffered the injury in the third period of last night’s 2-1 win against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. Callahan underwent an MRI earlier today and was examined by Dr. Andrew Feldman.

Callahan registered his 200th career NHL point with the game-winning goal, while on the power play, prior to suffering the injury in last night’s contest. He has notched two goals in six games this season, and is currently tied for second in the NHL with 27 hits and sixth among league forwards with nine blocked shots.



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  1. Thanks for bringing up Barry Beck, Carp! Real uplifting note to what was previously good news.

  2. I’m going to focus on the positive, not the Beck angle……thank you Lord Stanley….gotta run, off to AZ!!!! Later and TA!

  3. good news on Cally. Like I said last night on here when I saqw it happen. Cally dislocated his shoulder. They poped it back in, nothing got torn, 10 days to 2 weeks. That is the best possible news you can get.

  4. Carped!

    Lucky Callahan! And us too….

    Btw, that means that it was due to his arm being twisted. The other causes could be severe blow to the shoulder, fall, which clearly wasn’t the case. He went down and was already in pain. I think 10 days- 2 weeks is a bit optimistic, but still….Could’ve been much worse.

  5. Carp, why did you say that about Beck? Why? Why, Carp, why? You’re my hero, Carp. You come out with stink like that. Poop! You poop mouth. Get all that poop out of your mouth.

  6. Doodie Machetto on

    Nasty, if Carp were to give you some money out of his wallet, would that ease the pain?

  7. Don’t forget that surgeries have advanced since the 80s. If Bobby Orr played today, those knee injuries that made him retire could have been fixed with a scope or something, not a massive open surgery. If Cally has to get opened up, he’ll be in better hands now.

  8. Carp- I’m late giving my two cents but listening to Torts last night I kept thinking about the phrase you used last night- “faux tough guy”.
    I think he put on a bit of a show by calling Hags out post game. I think aside from the penalty that may have been one of the best games Hagelin has had in the NHL and especially now with Callahan out they’ll need more of that from him.
    Bad penalty none the less. More the kind of thing you’d see 6 games into the season. Not in late January…oh wait…

  9. …In other words he did it to get a positive response out of Hags..sheesh I’m working too hard today

  10. I don’t see why Gilroy is still on the roster. Clearly he has no role with this team and would be better served in Hartford helping them make the playoffs.

    Having your AHL team make the playoffs is very important as it allows your prospects in juniors the chance to make their pro debuts and maybe even guys like Fast and Lindberg too.

    Just seems like its pointless to carry 8 d-men no?

  11. Carp,
    I would think that the methods to fix subluxations of the shoulder/humerus and then strengthen the area are different today than during Barry Beck’s career, though I may be wrong.
    PT has come a long way since the 70’s-80’s

  12. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    I agree what your saying oleo, especially since he has yet to see the ice. Torts must think that he will be better off somehow with the big club than getting ice time for the pack. Torts manages these things really well, but maybe we see him against the Lightning on Saturday.

  13. Several years ago, when the Rangers would receive too many men penalties, it seemed to be generally surmised that it was a Tom Renney “bench management” issue. It is striking how easy it is for Tortorella to pass the blame onto individual players. Is the media afraid of him?

  14. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    Next game we play the Flyers we should call up Cam Talbot to beat up Max Talbot.

  15. A wicky……this has to be the only Rangers blog with its own medical team….:)

    Romeo, ha! That brought back memories….

  16. Somebody had a Mike Keane jersey on at MSG last night…maybe it was him? Is he available?

  17. “We were holding each other up and his shoulder popped out or something,” Talbot told “It was unfortunate. I let him go. I kind of felt it, but then I saw his face as well.”

  18. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    the extra twist on his arm should improve Cally’s shot by 5-10 mph.

    it’s all angles and ballbearings

  19. I’ve heard with shoulder subluxations and their corresponding cure, 60% of the time they work everytime. Seriously, good news on Cally and thanks for the Bubba Beck buzzkill, Carp.

  20. Gravy, Extra for Callahan... on

    That’s good news, as I was thinking it would be a six week injury. I guess we should be somewhat thankful that Talbot stopped when he did because I assume it could have been dislocated/separated if he kept pulling.

  21. Can’t say I like everything the coach does and says to the press, but just a bit of overreaction on here to his comments about Hagelin, no?

  22. Czechthemout!!! on

    “Good news” on Cally. Its time to end this Rupp on the third line nonsense and call up JT Miller.

  23. It’s good this team is having situations eerily reminiscent of the 1983-1984 squad. Go mike Allison!!!

  24. Czechthemout!!! on


    Thats because Hagelin played a real strong game, like most of his games last year. He was a threat every time he was on the ice. Many players make mistakes at times and Torts comments were a bit over the top.

  25. The Press is afraid of Tortorella. Almost all of them whisper their questions like schoolboys. Despite the ad hominem retort that I anticipate on this blog, It is what it is, and it is palpable.

  26. eddie eddie eddie on

    JR – “shoulder injuries are nothing bad….the several brain injuries i suffered from far more worser”

  27. eddie eddie eddie on

    kooze – you are loser moron idiot stupid dumb sorry stupid moron stupid dumb loser

  28. eddie eddie eddie on

    never twice, to be nice, have a slice, roll the dice, rats and mice, should alwats suffice, in a vice…


  29. Thrice: Take the Rorschach test in the back of the ambulance. Don’t wait to get to the hospital. :-)

  30. I have no problem with Torts saying what he said. Only because I believe that Torts would say the same thing about himself if he coached poorly in a game.

    However, saying stuff like that is how a coach can eventually lose his players. The team concept is built on trust and unity. United we stand, divided we fall. Getting called out in the media doesn’t help a player. Those conversations are meant to happen in a private setting.

  31. Torts’ comments on Hagelin after the game, to me, seemed excessive. Especially considering how Hagelin played enormously well besides that penalty.

    BUT, Torts is dealing with a limited time frame to instill discipline with this team. I also wouldn’t be surprised if Cally’s injury was weighing on his mind.

    Hagelin is gonna have to just suck it in and use it as a spring board to be even better next game.

    By and large the Rangers seem to accept what Torts does and says. They sacrifice themselves in a manner other coaches wouldn’t ask for. Think about how Gaborik has changed his game.

    So I don’t worry about his comments. Bottom line, a short losing streak in this shortened season can kill your playoff chances. It’s a sprint, not a marathon.

    Now let’s focus on one thing and one thing only – BEATING CINDY TOMORROW

  32. In light of this news I wouldn’t be shocked if they made an offer to Langkow. He’s old and small but you can make an argument that he can still be productive even though he’s fallen off the last couple years. May even be considered a good solution to faceoffs.

  33. I don’t have any problem with him being POd at Hagelin’s penalty. I’m just saying that I wouldn’t be surprised if he called him out to try to get a response out of him on the ice. He’s done it before with Gaborik and others and it’s worked. they’ll need more games like that out of him minus that bad penalty

  34. Sally, the new voice of reason… I wicky’d again….bored at airport waiting for food after dealing with a total beach at security…..

  35. uummm…can we get rid of prust’s twitter, plz? —>>>

    i dont care how his boys did… his boys arent our boys! can prust! thanks

  36. need kreider back soon. a team with 2.5 lines losing a key offensive guy who does everything is a problem.

    like the how the defense is generating offense the last few games, great to see. maybe mdz and mcdonagh can be 10 goal guys, that would help a ton…

  37. Jeff moved to South Dakota! on

    I think Torts is really sending a message to gabby…gabby was very slow getting to the bench on that change – a la Jagr.

  38. Czechthemout!!! on

    Comrad E3

    Da! Nov 6 was a great night not just for me but for all us tavareeshes of the USSA.

    Kak was tvaya noch?

  39. I’m with Salll. The Brandon’s stay. Also, please call up BRANDON Mashinter. He’s Humaingous big.

  40. E3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my freinds on

    Comrade Czech :) glad you are safe and ok. It does seem that our great country is on the road to better days.

  41. E3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my freinds on

    Cccp – like totally, dude!! Like, how could the PRUST, like call those boys, like his boys? When like those boys are like not our boys? That is like seriously wacked. Totally like bogus

  42. Mama
    have a great trip
    Hello Tony!!

    i didn’t have much problem with Torts ripping Hags during presser.
    he praised but also is sick and tired of all the stupid penalties.
    maybe if the flyers didn’t score because of it he might have
    been a little less angry.
    i can’t blame him
    the Rangers have been doing this
    for quite awhile
    at least
    on a more regular
    than a lot of other top teams in the

  43. as far as Cally
    glad to hear it’s supposed to be just
    2 weeks.
    hope we play well during the interim
    and he’s not rushed back early
    as far as Talbot
    yeah they were tussling but
    the flyer
    pulled and held Cally’s left arm
    in place in what i even thought at that time
    was a strange way to approach a fight.
    maybe Talbot doesn’t like to fight
    (remember him being mocked by Avery?)
    and knew Cally is a southpaw and held on to his
    arm for dear life.

    yes, the end result was an unfortunate incident
    but talbot definitely did his part to encourage
    what resulted.

  44. oh yeah
    feel better after getting
    tooth extracted yesterday
    just a matter
    of being zonked on
    antibiotics and painkillers

    watched the game
    but had to be a good boy
    so no yelling at the tv
    i’m wondering
    if anyone else thought that
    philly boarded one of our players
    during the 2nd period
    at approximately the 6 minute mark (14 minutes left in period)
    it took place behind goal line to Bryz’s right

  45. E3 pimp's angel on

    JR – “did you all see carp duck my question on chat today? Let me re-categorize it for you another time. I basically was asking him a question. When I was a player, and even now in my job performance as a worker for NHL channel – one thing has always demystified me – that is – how is a 5 on 3 considerate to being a two man advantage?”

  46. I dont know what it will take for so many people here to get over Prust but i hope it happens soon.

  47. not saying they should have signed him at that price, because they shouldn’t have, Lev, but bottom line is this team was better with Prust than it is without him. … and I’ll be the first to say that he won’t be in one piece by the end of that contract.

  48. Bruce Garrioch ?@SunGarrioch

    I’m not sure Perry Pearn could help this Habs’ power play

    Jesse Spector ?@jessespector

    “Prust didn’t get his gloves off right away.” What a shock, Chris Neil got the jump on someone in a fight.

  49. Carp, i agree with you. But it’s been months now. He has clearly moved on. The Rangers have as well. He wont think twice about getting dirty with any of our guys. It’s time to move on. Although im sure MSG will have a bigger love-fest with him than they did with Gomez.

  50. Come on, Lev. Prust was a huge part of our team identity. Fans loved him. I love(d) him. Huge favorite. Balls as big as the building. We really miss that type of play. And we wil never replace it. If only the lowered cap was something the league would have been aware of we might have been able to afford him. He’s not worth as much as Del Zaster. But man was he awesome!

  51. the rangers DEFINITELY miss prust more then he misses them. someone call boyle because without his wingman prust he is still in a funk. although last night was his best game of the season.

    chris neil=dirtbag

  52. Lev, I am sure at some point in your life you chased after a girl and her friends were all pissed. They were like, “Look Lev. She’s moved on. Can’t you.” And there you sat, on the curb, clutching the roses you brought her, let’s say her name is “Brandy Prust.” You sit and cry into your roses and scream, “WHY BRANDY WHY. IS HE THAT MUCH BETTER THAN ME!” Because Brandy ditched you for money. Maybe you tried to date other people. You called up some girls you used to date and saw what they had to offer but it just wasn’t the same. Down the road, sure, you found another girl and she was fine for the time being. But there. Deep in your heart, you knew that Brandy Prust had been the one for you. And you know that it could have worked if she had just believed a bit. Maybe trusted you. Maybe gone down that road with you. But she didn’t. And you have to deal. Wounds don’t heal overnight. It takes time. Even healing doesn’t mean you forget or stop loving. You can’t replace that part of your heart…

  53. Gees, Manny, that sounds like an alcoholics Anonymous lecture except the name would be Prust Brandy.

  54. E3 pimp's angel on

    Ooohhhhh Brandy, you came and you gave without taking…… And…

    The sailors say, Brandy, you are a fine girl (you’re a fine girl) what a good wife you would be….

  55. Big part of the team, played hard and hurt every night for our team, but to say we’ll never replace that type gigantic balls type of play, that’s hyperbole? Callahan took a Zdeno 100mph slap shot to break a part of his leg. We haven’t lost that type of play. Our team is better with Rick Nash than the trio of Anisimov, Dubinsky, and Prust.

    Source: Frequent user of hyperbole

  56. E3 pimp's angel on

    I saw Prust drop those balls from atop the GW – frigging biggest splash I ever saw – like a tsunami.

  57. E3 pimp's angel on

    Anyone remember the game when Prust’s balls fell out of his pants and cracked the ice so bad the game was cancelled. That is one serious meat bag.

  58. well, I don’t understand why people have to move on … if they think they’d rather have him on the team than a clown like Asham. All things weren’t equal, as I said, the contract was absurd, and he will break down fighting all the heavyweights as often as he does. But there’s nothing wrong with admitting that people would like him to still be on the team.

  59. E3 pimp's angel on

    For me, I started watching the Prust for a game…. Then 2 games…. 3 games….. Soon it was every game…. I reached a point where I didn’t want to watch the Prust, I needed to watch the Prust….

  60. Manny, that last line was a response to Carp’s “this team was better with him than it is without him.”

  61. The thing that gets me about the Prust contract is when you compare it Subban’s. I realize one contract was pre-lockout and the other after, but if you would have told Montreal fans, or even management, that their prized all-star defenceman was being paid roughly 10% higher than Prust, they would have cursed at you in French.

  62. Remember the time I asked Prust if it was true that he lost both legs in a car accident, but then walked it off? And he was like, “What?” And then I got really embarrassed cause Laurel was being all, “Ask him! Ask him!”

  63. It means that you should go ahead and ordet that T-Shirt and while you’re at it order me a size Youth Medium!

  64. Quit trying to extort me Sappy. The joke was the YOUTH M part.

    Thanks, Carp for rationalizing our/my irrational love of Brandon Prust and belief that you can never, ever replace him on this team.

  65. _well, I don’t understand why people have to move on … But there’s nothing wrong with admitting that people would like him to still be on the team._

    Sean Avery

  66. NYR – we’re in the middle of something here! If you’re not misty eyed about THE PRUST then silence!

  67. Rick's Gnashed Cabaret on

    I thought Richards played well last game…tic tac toe passing from top line hasn’t been something this team has had since Jagr-Nylander-Straka which was just an insanely good line. Callie’s injury will get him the rest he needs, and one less Rangers exhausted from last year’s run. Making a positive from something negative.

  68. Martin Straka. Probably my favorite post-lockout Ranger. I wish he had played another year for us; although he was on the decline, his effort and commitment was always impeccable, and he still had some of skills. Always seemed like a great guy in addition to a sound puckman. I think he’s a player/owner in the Czech league. What devotion to the game..

  69. Dammit, I’m missing some decent g(j)ibberish….Darn work :-)

    The easiest way to avoid being upset about the widget—–>is not to read what you don’t want to read….

  70. Lev, please take me back. I’m sorry, I was wrong. I don’t need the money. All I need is your love and adoration! Pretty please?

  71. Olga Folkyerself on

    Minnnesota should still be the North Stars. Dallas can name themselves something Texan. Like RoadApples.

  72. Totally agree, Olga. I hate most of the new franchise nicknames and logos. There’s something about the Original Six that’s really endearing..

  73. And Baltimore should still be the Colts. No one in Baltimore has any idea of who Edgar Allan Poe was.

  74. Does anyone on the Knicks know what a Knickerbocker is? Does anyone at Georgetown know what a Hoya is?

  75. Olga Folkyerself on

    The most popular jerseys are all original six ones. They have a class, a history, that the newer ones lack. And teams like LA change jerseys so often they never develop a lasting identity.

  76. Went to a game last year between the Lake Erie Monsters and the Rockford Ice Hogs. Wasn’t pretty.

  77. Does anyone in Chicago know that Chicago is an Indian word for “smelly skunk cabbage?” (Potowatomi Indian Tribe)

  78. Metallurgy is big in Magnitogorsk, but do people in Novokuznetsk know it?

    (I thought you were referring to the “rivalry” between Wild/Blackhawks)

  79. Avery is changing his name to S Ditty. He’s hired an orangutan in a wedding dress to follow him around carrying an umbrella.

  80. 2012 Prust – $40,000 per fight
    2013 Prust – $125,000 per fight (if he can squeeze in 20)

    Plus a couple thousand and lunch money for forechecking

  81. Just tuned in and read the bad news on Cally. Shoulder injuries are serious for hockey players, for sure and Barry Beck’ s career was short circuited by chronic shoulder injuries. I hope that Cally can recover.

  82. Since it’s a done deal, Callahan can probably use the two weeks. Hope, too, that his shoulder repairs properly. He’s the heart.

  83. I wish someone was keeping track of the standings as if all shootouts were really TIES like they should be…

  84. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Hey Manny,
    I want the world to know that, I, too, am a Prust lover!!! I miss the guy. He had a special, unique style and gave the team energy.

    To this day, I blame Sather for not handling his re-signing like Neil’s was in Ottowa. Huge, huge mistake.

  85. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    I know, Olga, like a hawk descending on it’s prey. If the Sather is mentioned, Olga descends….

  86. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    So a quick check of the standings…and Da Boys are in 8th place. Season ends tomorrow….we’re in the playoffs. The sky doesn’t have to fall, anyway.

    Prust saying.

  87. Olga Folkyerself on

    They looked awesome in OT. When you start with Kane and Toews, Kjarlmeson and Oduya then follow with Hossa Sharp Kieth and Leddy- man you have the first half of OT covered. Minny didn’t know whether to chit or go blind. I don’t know how they didn’t score.

  88. E3 pimp's angel on

    Back to back – me – cally has a bone to pick

    You – e3 is humorous

    That was great comeback

  89. Olga Folkyerself on

    I liked “cartilage was founded by the Phoenicians” The history reference was what did it…

    I thought my best one was Nostrildamus- He nose the future.

  90. E3 pimp's angel on

    Oh believe me – no such thing as 1 beer – I would get sharks hawks tix if u could make it – playoffs maybe?

  91. E3 pimp's angel on

    I slept in a toilet once and thought I was at the beach hours later as I was coming to…

  92. Stranger Nation on

    corning, eh? ate at Pierces years back on a biz trip up there. good food.

    love the northeastern part of the southern tier in western NY

  93. Olga Folkyerself on

    Well, Kids. Some of us have to work for a living. If you call this living… G’nite.

    Tune in tomorrow. Pitt@NY. See you then…

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