Rangers Notebook: Ryan Callahan to return in 7-10 days

Ryan Callahan and Henrik Lundqvist celebrate after the win over Washington. Credit: Getty Images
Ryan Callahan, right, will be back in about a week.
Credit: Getty Images

The Rangers will have their heart, soul and conscience return in short order.

Head coach Alain Vigneault announced Ryan Callahan is scheduled to return from a broken thumb in 7-10 days, and the captain confirmed the coach’s estimate following the morning skate at the Garden prior to Thursday night’s game against the Sabres.

“It feels good,” said Callahan, who wore a yellow, non-contact jersey during the skate. He broke the thumb blocking a shot in the final minutes of the 2-0 win over the Capitals on Oct. 16. “First day handling pucks, stick handling, passing. It felt good.”

Callahan admitted feeling frustrated about the injury after spending the summer rehabbing from surgery to repair a torn left labrum.

“It sucks,” Callahan said. “I felt it the first couple days. I was pissed off. You don’t want to get hurt like this, especially coming back after an injury. After that initial shock, that initial disappointment, you get the mindset of, ‘Let’s heal and let’s get back.’ That’s the approach I have now.”

Moulsen on trade to Sabres

The incongruity was not lost on Matt Moulson.

A key component to the rebuilding of the Islanders now finds himself as part of another franchise overhaul, after being traded from Long Island to Buffalo Sunday night. The Islanders also sent a 2014 first-round pick — which, reportedly, could be deferred to 2015 — and a 2015 second-round pick along with Moulson in exchange for Thomas Vanek.

“I think it’s tough anytime you leave somewhere where you feel you put in so much time and effort and work to help the team succeed,” Moulson said after the Sabres early skate at the Garden. “I had been with those guys for a long time, growing together and getting better together. So that’s tough but as I say, you get over it pretty quickly. The young guys here, much like when I went to the Islanders, [are] a lot of energetic guys, enthusiastic about playing in the NHL, wanting to learn and get better.

“They have a lot of young guys who are good players with a lot of potential.”

But Moulson might not be a member of the NHL-worst Sabres for long. Moulson is an unrestricted free agent this summer and there is a belief that Sabres general manager Darcy Regier may trade the league’s fourth-leading goal scorer for draft picks or young players closer to the trade deadline.

“I think that’s obviously something that everyone’s brought up to me — no one within the organization — [but] obviously a lot of media questions about it,” Moulson said. “I think it’s a similar attitude as I had with the Islanders. I didn’t have a contract past the year and I always said take it day by day, and make sure I’m getting better and doing whatever I can to help the team win. So that’s what I’m going to do here — help whoever I can, share some knowledge I’ve gained in the last few years and if it’s for a couple months, a year, a couple years I don’t think my game style changes at all. I’m going to go out there and try to score goals and help this team win.”

Follow Rangers beat writer Denis Gorman on Twitter @DenisGorman.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

MTA announces service changes for Sunday

The MTA has announced service changes ahead of Sunday's People's Climate March, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Riders using…

Local

NYPD launches Twitter account for L train

The NYPD recently launched a Twitter handle dedicated to the L train and its riders. According to @NYPDLtrain, officers went underground Thursday morning to hand…

Local

Bushwick community space offers activists a place to…

A new Bushwick community space offers community activists to meet, create, learn and throw back a few cold ones. MayDay, located 214 Starr Street in Bushwick,…

Local

Activists gearing up for Sunday's "historic" People's Climate…

If all goes according to plan, more than 100,000 people will gather near Central Park West on Sunday morning and march through midtown to raise…

Movies

Kevin Smith makes peace with the Internet

I was thinking about Ain't It Cool News and Harry Knowles last night, wondering if anyone from Ain't It Cool had reviewed my new movie…

Movies

Art imitates life in 'Swim Little Fish Swim'

There's a certain comfort to be taken in finding that young artists are still moving to New York and trying to make it — and…

Movies

Review: Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem' is better…

Terry Gilliam's latest, "The Zero Theorem," concerns a reclusive malcontent (Christoph Waltz) struggling with the search for the meaning of life.

Music

Esperanza Spalding and a being called Emily get…

Esperanza Spalding is about to spiral off in a brand new direction that may or may include an alter ego named Emily.

NFL

Oday Aboushi ready for increased role, and to…

Oday Aboushi might feel comfortable enough to engage in some trash talk the next time he is on the field.

NFL

Giants vs. Texans: 3 things to watch

The Giants host the surprising Texans (2-0) in what may already be a must-win game for Big Blue.

NFL

Eric Decker misses practice again, could miss Monday

Jets wide receiver Eric Decker missed practice Thursday as he continues to rehab a hamstring injury suffered last Sunday.

MLB

Derek Jeter still focused on baseball as final…

Derek Jeter has effectively hid his emotions for 20 years in the Bronx.

Parenting

A sneaky way to serve kids fruits and…

"My First Juices and Smoothies" gives smoothie recipes for kids.

Style

3 things we love from Day 1 of…

The highlights from Day 1 of Milan Fashion Week.

Sex

Why don't more couples use condoms?

  Call it the “condom moment.” That’s the name the authors of a new study have given to the pivotal conversation every couple should be…

Sex

Need an idea for a first date? Here's…

Picture your idea of a nice first date. Is it dinner and a movie? A visit to an interesting museum exhibit? Instead, an expert on…