Rick Nash returns to practice

October, 1, 2013
10/01/13
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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Rangers forward Rick Nash returned to the ice Tuesday after missing practice on Sunday with a sore foot. Nash blocked a shot with his foot during the team's last preseason game against the Los Angeles Kings in Las Vegas on Friday.

Nash is skating as right wing on a line with Derek Stepan and veteran Brad Richards. Though Richards is a natural center, he has been moved to left wing for now.

Another interesting development for the day, though it could mean very little:

Captain Ryan Callahan, who was cleared for contact last week, is in a yellow non-contact Tuesday along with Carl Hagelin. Both players are recovering from off-season shoulder surgery. Again, this doesn't necessarily mean Callahan suffered a setback, but he was in a normal blue contact jersey when the team last practiced on Sunday.

UPDATE: Breathe easy, Rangers fans.

Despite reverting back to the yellow jersey generally reserved for non-contact players, team captain Ryan Callahan said he has not suffered a setback in rehabbing his surgically-repaired left shoulder.

"Full contact. Same as always," Callahan said. "[The jersey is] just for drills."

Though Callahan knew when he saw the sweater in his dressing room stall that it would invite some questions, he explained that it was done so he and fellow injured player Carl Hagelin could practice together without confusion. Coach Alain Vigneault also said that the sartorial change held no special significance.

Callahan said that his shoulder actually "felt great" and "responded well" to contact in Sunday's practice, but that the season opener on Thursday in Phoenix remained unrealistic.

"I think Thursday's a no-go," he told ESPNNewYork.com.

Vigneault said this past weekend that the 28-year-old winger is unlikely to play against the Coyotes. The Rangers' second game of the season is Monday against the Kings in Los Angeles, which has yet to be ruled out as a potential return date by either the team or Callahan.
Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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