New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan is expected to miss four to six weeks after suffering a Grade 2 MCL sprain in Tuesday’s 4-1 loss to the Nashville Predators.
Callahan sustained the injury while attempting to deliver a hit in the first period and did not return to the game. The injury was the third this season for the winger.
The 28-year-old Callahan missed the season opener with a shoulder injury and sat out seven games with a broken thumb suffered in mid-October. Over the summer, he underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum.
“It’s been a tough stretch for him, and we all feel for him,” teammate Dan Girardi said. “Everyone has to step up a little more. He brings a lot to the team, a lot of different characteristics, and someone’s going to have to find a way to step up for him.”
Callahan’s loss came at a worse time for the Rangers, who dropped their third straight game.
The team also lost alternate captain Marc Staal, who suffered a concussion in Saturday’s 4-3 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils.
Callahan was considered a lock for the U.S. Olympic team that will compete in the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia, and likely will be healthy in time to play. Callahan is in the last year of a three-year, $12.825 million deal.
With franchise goaltender Henrik Lundqvist now locked up long term — he inked a seven-year, $59.5 million contract extension last week — the Rangers were expected to turn their efforts toward re-signing Callahan soon.