Thursday, January 13, 2011

Injury News: Callahan Not Cleared With Stick; Christensen No Brace?; Boogaard Still Suffering

Update: Per Andrew Gross in his pregame meeting with the media John Tortorella projected the return of Callahan to be following the All-Star break. Along with that there was an update on Prospal who is reporting no swelling in the knee in this latest attempt to get back and that the return of Boogaard this season is seen as unlikely.  Check out Rangers Rants for more details.

Original Story:
Per Andrew Gross, Rangers injured right wing Ryan Callahan was not cleared to hold a stick following his examination on Tuesday night.  There is no official update on his timetable but one should expect that this ends any hopes of Callahan making it back into the lineup before the All-star break.  Answering my query as to whether that was a good assumption, Mr. Gross replied Callahan was likely out until then and reiterated that the full eight weeks would place a Callahan return at February 9.
This is obviously a blow for the Rangers for their heart and soul guy continue to be out of the lineup, but as I said this should not be unexpected in that he was expected to miss six to eight weeks and the excitement of many when they heard about Callahan skating again meaning he would be back sooner was more hopeful than anything else.
In other injury news Jesse Spector reports that Erik Christensen was in the building walking around without a brace on his injured knee.  In a follow-up Mr. Spector is clear to point out not to read too much into the lack of a brace for Christensen as it might have been for treatment purposes and not that the brace is no longer necessary.
As Dave discussed yesterday it is yet to be seen what role, if any, Christensen will have on the club when the healthy bodies return to the lineup, but getting him healthy as soon as possible is in the best interest of the Rangers even if it is as a spare forward or trade piece to a team that is seeking a potential offensive boost and shootout specialist.
Also the reports on Derek Boogaard still do not have him as without symptoms so expect him to be out for significantly longer if he even returns at all.