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Ryan Callahan probably won't be ready for the start of the season, but he is making progress on his surgically repaired shoulder.
As Alain Vigneault told the New York Post, Callahan is ahead of Carl Hagelin, who also had an offseason shoulder surgery: "Ryan I think is a little ahead of Carl as far as shooting the puck. Carl is more of a controlled motion and is not as committed to his shot right now as Ryan may be."
That's all well and good, and the Rangers will obviously benefit from Callahan's return. But there is cause for concern: Callahan plays an all-out style. He's going to charge into the boards, throw his body in front of a puck and put his body in danger.
But, as Glen Sather told the New York Post, Callahan "must have separated his shoulder eight or nine times during the year and he kept playing."
Maybe Sather was exaggerating. Then again, Callahan had only five points in 12 postseason games. Maybe Sather wasn't exaggerating.
If Callahan can play a full season without getting injured, then he will have a big season. But check out the amount of games he's played in each of the last four seasons:
Granted, the 45 games played was last season, during the lockout-shortened schedule. But the point remains—Callahan has never played a full season in his career. He's put up incredible numbers, become an invaluable member of Team USA and become the Rangers captain—imagine what he would do with a full season.
Callahan will obviously not play a full season this year. But if he can stay healthy once he returns, then not only will his numbers go up, but the Rangers will be better off for it.