Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Ryan Callahan Suffers Broken Hand; Time For Zuccarello Call?

In the first period tonight Ryan Callahan during a penalty kill went down and blocked Kris Letang's shot off his hand immediately you knew it was going to be bad news.  Cally would skate over to the bench and after talking with trainer Jim Ramsay would head to the locker room.  Later in the period Ramsay would come back out of the locker room and Callahan would not which ramped up the fears more.  Finally between periods one and two the Rangers announced via twitter that the hand was in fact broken and that he would be re-evaluated later on.

Obviously it goes without saying this is an awful loss for the Rangers as Cally along with Dubinsky have been the best players for the Rangers this season and Callahan's loss will be felt in all aspects of the game and leadership in the room.  The immediate response was to put Chris Drury in his place with Dubinsky and Anisimov, which can work but the question becomes if this is the time to give Zuccarello the call to see what he can do at the NHL level.  I am very tempted by the idea, but I would wait through the weekend to see how Drury responds before jumping into the move.

What would you do?