Sather speaks to league about equipment
Brandon Dubinsky. Chris Drury. And now Ryan Callahan. They all have suffered broken hands or fingers in the past two seasons. And Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather has been speaking to the league about more protective equipment, according to coach John Tortorella.
"The guy you need to talk to - and he's really spoken to the league - is Glen. And I don't disagree with him," Tortorella said. "I don't know what the answer is, but some of the equipment . . . There has to be something better, although Cally was hit flush. I'm not sure what you can do. He was hit where Dubi was hit last year."
Callahan, who suffered a broken left hand while blocking Kris Letang's shot in Pittsburgh, initially was predicted to miss six weeks, but Tortorella said that it will be six to eight weeks. The top of his hand was struck, but it is a non-displaced fracture and he will not need surgery.
Thin up front
Along with Callahan, Derek Boogaard (shoulder) remains sidelined, so the Rangers have only 12 healthy forwards. But with only four games in 13 days coming up, don't expect a call-up from Hartford. Two reasons from Tortorella: readiness and a light schedule. "They're just not ready right now," he said. "We talked about it."
Prospal pushed back
Vinny Prospal (knee) has been skating, but Tortorella revised his "sometime after Christmas" target to mid-January . . . With G Ilya Bryzgalov out with the flu, the Coyotes signed Tom Fenton, the head of game operations / community relations at Manhattanville College, to back up Jason LaBarbera. Fenton played four years at American International College, ending in 2008-09.