Callahan Progressing, Staal 100%
Added by Ryan Heine on August 29, 2013.
As Ryan Callahan continues to heal, his return date remains unknown. At US Olympic orientation camp earlier this week, the Rangers captain discussed how he has progressed since having shoulder surgery.
“I plan on starting training camp just the same as everybody else, obviously with no contact, though. I’ll be skating, shooting and things like that. But, in terms of contact, that’s still kind of unknown. We’ll have to see how it progresses and see how it goes. I can’t give you an exact date when I’ll be able to start contact.”
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Obviously, it is good news that he will be participating in training camp. But Callahan cannot commit to a return date yet, and seems like he will start the season on the sideline.
“That’s definitely in question. Like I said, I can’t tell you exactly when I’m going to be ready, but as it comes closer, we’ll know more. I’m definitely in jeopardy of missing the first part (of the season).”
Callahan was named one of the five player leaders for Team USA. If he and Hagelin are out for any significant amount of time to start the season, the team could be in trouble.
In more positive news, d-man Marc Staal is raring to go. His eye officially seems to be healed, which he discussed at Canadian Olympic orientation with Pierre LeBrun.
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“It’s good. Really good. I had a really good summer of training and I feel really good. When I’m on the ice, I don’t really notice it at all. I’m excited and anxious just to start the season up and get it going,” he said.
A healthy Marc Staal is tough to come by these days, as he sat out much of 2011-2012 with a concussion and missed much of last season with the eye injury. Staal makes the Rangers defensive game that much better and should make sure the team does not take too much of a step back without Callahan and Hagelin.
“I have no limitations at all. It’s been a great summer of training,” Staal said. “Physically, from the time I was cleared to start working out, there wasn’t anything I couldn’t do as far as physically getting ready. So, that part of it has been really good this summer, just getting into shape, getting stronger and getting ready for the season.”