Just when Rangers fans thought the team couldn’t shock them anymore this week, news came out yesterday that Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin had successful surgeries for injuries no one knew they had. Both were treated for torn labrums in their left shoulders.
The good news? Their surgeries were successful. The bad news? They are expected to be out 4-5 months. Some quick math tells me that 4 months from now is the end of September meaning they could be ready for camp or they could not be. Either way, they won’t have prepared like the rest of the team so don’t expect much from either player during the first half of the year.
My next question when I heard about this? Not when did they get injured or what will the Rangers do to prepare in case they aren’t ready. It was, so who else will be having random surgery in the next week or two? Only the Rangers feel the need to continue to hide this info and then randomly relay it after the surgery takes place. If it needs to be that much of a secret, why tell us at all? It’s not like we would know otherwise since these guys hide from fans during the summer. (That isn’t a knock on them, they are allowed to have a private life in the off season.)
And for anyone who doesn’t think another surgery is coming, I’m still waiting to hear what Rick Nash’s injury is. And don’t tell me he said he was fine. I don’t believe him.
In the meantime, as Michael Del Zotto tweeted after the news came out – speedy recovery boys!