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:
RYAN CALLAHAN INJURY UPDATE
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.