For New York Rangers the injury bug continues to bite its way through the roster, as Ryan Callahan is now expected to miss three to four weeks with a broken thumb. Callahan is said to have broken his thumb while blocking a shot late in last night’s win over Washington Capitals. The Rangers have recalled Darroll Powe from Hartford Wolfpack to take Callahan’s roster spot for the time being.
Callahan has been a spark, as he always is, for New York this season. He has scored three goals and has continued his gritty work on both ends of the ice. The Captain is the heart and soul of this Rangers team, and now that he is expected to miss three to four weeks (10 games or so), the team must rally together to create more offense.
Rick Nash is also on the injury report with Callahan, as he continues to recover from concussion-like symptoms. Carl Hagelin is yet to see game action this season, as he continues to rehab from a shoulder injury. That’s three of the top six Rangers forwards and a whole lot of offense to be missing for an extended period of time.
The question now is, do the Rangers make a trade to bring in more offense, or do they call up young forwards like Chris Kreider and Marek Hrivik and hope they provide an offensive spark? I would be careful in making a desperate trade, however, the Rangers cannot stand pat without adding offense.
This is a bad break for the Rangers, to say the least, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time.
Martin Burns covers New York Rangers hockey for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter for more thoughts and news on the Blueshirts as well as the rest of the NHL!