Callahan is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury. He'll be reevaluated in 3-to-4 weeks.
This is a big blow to Tampa Bay's depth up front, as Callahan is an important member of the team's bottom-six forward group and penalty-killing unit. However, the veteran winger's absence won't impact many fantasy teams, as his lack of offensive upside keeps him from being a viable option in most season-long formats. The Lightning are expected to recall a forward from their minor-league affiliate, but J.T. Brown will presumably replace Callahan on the team's fourth line for the time being. The 32-year-old American's placement on injured reserve is a foregone conclusion at this point.
Callahan exited Thursday's 4-1 win over the Coyotes in third period due to an apparent shoulder injury, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Callahan suffered his injury when he crashed into the boards while tied up with Arizona's Oliver Ekman-Larsson. The veteran forward was clearly in pain as he headed to the locker room, and he was unable to return to the contest. Coach Jon Cooper didn't have a definitive update on Callahan's status following Thursday's match, but he remarked "this one might be longer than day-to-day," Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.
Callahan (undisclosed) took part in line rushes during pregame warmups, indicating he'll return to the lineup for Thursday's clash with the Coyotes, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Callahan's return to action will strengthen Tampa Bay's bottom-six forward group, but it won't mean much for fantasy owners, as the veteran winger has only notched one goal and six points in 28 games this campaign. The 32-year-old American will skate with Chris Kunitz and Cedric Paquette on the Lightning's fourth line against Arizona.
Callahan will be a game-time decision Thursday against Arizona after missing Tuesday's clash with the Blues due to an undisclosed ailment, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Considering Callahan took part in line rushes during practice, it bodes well for his return to the lineup Thursday. The 24-year-old has notched just one helper in nine outings since returning from a lower-body malady. Its unclear whether this latest injury is related to that one or if the center picked up a new knock.
Callahan never seemed to be in danger of missing this one and he's projected to run alongside Cedric Paquette and Chris Kunitz for Saturday's showdown. The veteran winger will look to notch just his seventh point of the season, which puts him off the fantasy radar for the foreseeable future.