Ryan Callahan ready to play

Updated: January 3, 2014, 9:04 PM ET
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com

Captain Ryan Callahan returned to the Rangers lineup Friday against the Pittsburgh Penguins, his first game after missing the past nine due to a knee injury.

Callahan told reporters at the team's morning skate in Pittsburgh that he was ready to play.

The 28-year-old Callahan, who also has been hampered by shoulder and hand injuries this season, sustained a sprained knee in the team's 4-1 loss to Nashville on Dec. 10.

Callahan was recently named to the U.S. Olympic hockey team that will compete in the Sochi Games. He will be joined by American-born Rangers teammates Derek Stepan (Hastings, Minn.) and Ryan McDonagh (St. Paul, Minn.).

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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