Ryan Callahan to miss 3-4 weeks with broken thumb
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The run of tough luck continues for Ryan Callahan.
After missing the entire training camp and the opener while rehabbing from offseason shoulder surgery, Callahan suffered a broken thumb while blocking a shot in Wednesday's 2-0 win over the Capitals and will miss three to four weeks, the team said Thursday.
The injury also might jeopardize the Rangers captain's candidacy for the U.S. Olympic team. General manager David Poile and his coaching staff have said the first three months of the NHL season will be used to evaluate candidates.
Callahan, who is second on the team with three goals, also is in the final year of his contract. It is the latest in a string of setbacks for the Rangers. Rick Nash is out indefinitely with a concussion and Carl Hagelin is on long-term injured reserve until Oct. 28 after shoulder surgery.
Darroll Powe was recalled from Hartford of the AHL along with goaltender Jason Missiaen, who will back up Henrik Lundqvist. Goalie Cam Talbot was returned to Hartford to get some game action.
Notes & quotes: The NHL reviewed Capitals forward Troy Brouwer's blindside hit on Derek Stepan at mid-ice, which caused the Rangers center to briefly leave Wednesday's game early in the third period, and did not hand out any discipline. Brouwer said the collision was accidental and the referees didn't call a penalty. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault did not view it as accidental . . . As of Thursday afternoon, the Rangers had not been contacted by goaltender Martin Biron, who was taking time to decide whether to report to the Hartford Wolf Pack or retire. Biron, 36, beginning his fourth season with the Rangers, was waived Monday after allowing nine goals in parts of two games and was not claimed Tuesday. If Biron reports to the AHL, the Rangers will have an adjusted cap charge of about $375,000.