The New York Rangers are a franchise who can never seem to catch a break. One Stanley Cup championship since World War II, many disappointments, and costly injuries have plagued this team for decades and decades. Basically if the Rangers did not have bad luck, they’d have no luck at all, and that trend unfortunately has continued.
Just last night, the Rangers announced that captain Ryan Callahan, who has been a force and an inspiration on the ice since returning to the lineup last week, will be out for the next 3-4 weeks after suffering from a broken thumb. The injury was said to have occurred in the Rangers’ last game against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday, a game which Callahan was noticeable throughout and scored an impressive goal where he swatted the puck out of mid air.
The Rangers also announced that because of Callahan’s injury, the team has called up center Darroll Powe, whose specialty is penalty killing. Hopefully he can fill some of the void in that department, which Callahan excels at by the way.
There is no other way to say this, but now with Callahan’s thumb injury added to Rick Nash‘s concussion that he suffered on the west coast in San Jose, these next 3-4 weeks will prove to be devastating for the Rangers. I think this will guarantee yet another Rangers’ season in which they will have to fight for a playoff spot and maybe even come up short.
Survival is the new strategy for the Rangers now.