Rangers captain Callahan returns from seven-game absence tonight


The New York Rangers will get a huge boost for tonight’s game against Anaheim, as captain Ryan Callahan will play for the first time since breaking his thumb on Oct. 16.

Callahan, 28, has had a tough go with injuries thus far. He missed the Rangers’ season-opening loss to Phoenix while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, only to be back on the shelf four games later after busting his thumb in a 2-0 win over Washington.

His return should provide a spark for a Ranges team that’s turned things around recently.

New York has won three straight and is just one victory away from moving to .500 on the season. Tonight’s game against the Ducks should provide even more motivation for the Blueshirts, as Anaheim laid one of the biggest beatings of the year on the Rangers back on Oct. 10 — a 6-0 drubbing at the Honda Center in which the Ducks scored five times in the opening 29 minutes.

Fun fact: Though he’s only played in five games this year, Callahan still sits second among all Rangers in goals, with three.


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Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

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Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.