Rangers top Flyers, 2-1, lose Callahan to shoulder injury

Linesman Pierre Racicot (65) holds Ryan Callahan after

Linesman Pierre Racicot (65) holds Ryan Callahan after Callahan was injured in a fight with Philadelphia Flyers center Maxime Talbot (25) in the third period of a game at Madison Square Garden. (Jan. 29, 2013) (Credit: AP)

"No idea" was what coach John Tororella said when he was asked post-game about how much time gritty Rangers captain Ryan Callahan would miss. He said he had no immediate update on the severity of the injury, which occured at 4:22 of the third period during a scrap with Flyers forward Maxime Talbot near the Rangers net. Talbot appeared to yank Callahan's arm at one point, and he skated off hunched over, in obvious pain, favoring the arm, and did not return.

There was no immediate callup from Hartford, and there isn't much readily available there, as both Tortorella and GM Glen Sather have said. It could force the Rangers brass to look harder for a trade or sign a free agent, neither of whom will be as valuable as Callahan, who has scored two of the team's three power play goals. If the shoulder is dislocated, he could miss four to six weeks.

As I mentioned in yesterday's paper, Daymond Langkow, Radek Dvorak and Brendan Morrison are available UFAs. In answering my question before the game, Tortorella said before the game that he had not spoken to the trainers about Chris Kreider and did not know when he could begin skating. he has been sideined almost a week with a bone chip in his right ankle.

So the Rangers have fought back to .500 (3-3) but there could be dangerous waters ahead.

Langkow's agent told me yesterday that the Rangers had not contacted him. but we'll see. Langkow, 36, is steady, healthy, a center and played almost 90 games, including the playoffs for Phoenix last year.

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