The New York captain missed the first couple of games of the season after offseason shoulder work and later missed two weeks of action after breaking his thumb while blocking a shot. On Tuesday he added to the injury trifecta when he was forced out of the game with what the Rangers announced as a sprained knee.
The injury to Callahan came in the opening period against the Predators when Vic Bartley's leg hit Callahan's after Callahan checked Bartley into the boards. The captain limped to the bench and his night was done.
Even worse, after the game the Rangers announced it's a Grade 2 knee sprain and Callahan is going to miss a lot of time.
#NYR Callahan has Grade 2 MCL sprain. Will be out 4-6 weeks— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) December 11, 2013
Callahan came into this season with a Rangers team that had pretty high hopes and he had the extra incentive of playing for a position on the US Olympic team, a spot that seemed pretty safe earlier this season. Not so much now with how things have been going and this injury won't help at all.
But the Olympic team is second right now to the Rangers and they can use all the help they can get at the moment. Callahan does have seven goals and six assists in his 23 games this season while playing his usual solid defense. He's their captain for a reason.
There are a lot of peole hoping it's not on the severe side.