Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Callahan's knee injury latest blow to Rangers' offense
NEW YORK -- Rangers forward Ryan Callahan will be sidelined
indefinitely because of a sprained knee, yet another blow to New
York's struggling offense.
Callahan, who has one of New York's 13 goals in eight games this
season, was injured Tuesday night at Pittsburgh in the Rangers'
second consecutive 1-0 defeat. An MRI taken Wednesday revealed a
Grade 2 sprain that won't require surgery.
The Rangers have gotten off to a 2-5-1 start, and surprisingly
the lack of offense is a big reason for their troubles. New York
has dropped four straight, including back-to-back 1-0 losses for
the first time in the club's 82 seasons.
New York is already without Martin Straka and agitator Sean Avery up front. Straka broke a finger Saturday at Boston and is
expected to be sidelined four weeks, and Avery still has another
seven to 10 days to recover from a shoulder injury that has limited
him to two games this season.
It is the Rangers' smallest goal total through the first eight
games since they had only nine in 1950. New York has gone 181
minutes, 9 seconds without scoring an even-strength goal.
Callahan, 22, doesn't have any assists this season. He had four
goals and two assists last season, playing 14 games in his first
The Rangers, returning from a three-game road trip that produced
one point, begin a six-game homestand Thursday night against New