Hip surgery sidelines Callahan; Kessel for Team USA after all?

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The Tampa Bay Lightning announced that Ryan Callahan will need five months to recovery from hip surgery.

In case you’re wondering, they’ve already said that Callahan won’t be able to play for Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey.

At least one report indicates that Callahan was struggling with that “lower-body injury” late in the season and into the playoffs:

If five months is accurate – hockey players are known for returning early, as you likely know – then Callahan would miss the first month or two of the 2016-17 season.

There’s not much positive spin from Callahan’s side, yet a few are wondering if this wrong might help correct a perceived wrong: leaving Phil Kessel off Team USA.

Well, if they want Kessel to play, they better send a decent-sized plane.