Callahan will miss five months after undergoing surgery to repair a labral tear.
Callahan has been ruled out of the World Cup of Hockey and, given the timeline, is expected to miss the first month of the 2016-17 season. The 31-year-old's absence will be a significant blow for the US team, although fellow American, and postseason hero, Phil Kessel should be available to slot in as a replacement. Despite a drop off in production during 2015-16, fantasy owners shouldn't be too concerned about the winger missing the open month of the year as he continues to have solid value in most formats.
Victor Hedman rifled a shot from the point and Callahan altered the puck's trajectory to open the scoring. From a fantasy perspective, Callahan was one of the league's biggest busts this season. Here's a guy who pitched in 54 points with Tampa in 2014-15, but only managed 10 goals and 18 assists in the most recent regular season. The Bolts might forgive him if he ends up catching fire in the playoffs, but we wouldn't count on that happening as he has just four points in 13 games. Of course, even when he doesn't score, Callahan often rewards owners in leagues that count hits -- he's picked up 54 of those in the playoffs.
Callahan (illness) will rejoin the lineup for Wednesday's Game 3 against the Penguins, Bryan Burns of NHL.com reports.
Callahan will end up missing just one game because of the illness, which shouldn't come as much of a surprise. The veteran winger will likely slot back in alongside Cedric Paquette and Brian Boyle and should once again play on the man advantage. Unless the illness surfaces again for some reason, it's unlikely the issue should have any lingering effects.
Callahan's absence for Monday's game comes as a shocker to many. The severity of the illness is still relatively unknown. With Callahan out, look for J.T. Brown and Jonathan Marchessault to see more time on the ice in Game 2.
Early in the first period, Callahan chased down Letang at high speed and appeared to lead into the hit with his forearm, causing Letang to leave the game. Callahan was hit with a five-minute major for boarding, though he avoided an ejection from the eventual 3-1 win. Letang would ultimately return to the game, which seems to have helped Callahan avoid further punishment.