Seems like a setback for Ryan Callahan
Coach Jon Cooper won't officially say it, but it certainly seems like veteran wing Ryan Callahan has suffered a setback in his lower-body injury.
Callahan, 31, has missed the last five games. He told the Times Wednesday his surgically-repaired hip had been nagging him. But Callahan appeared like he was nearing a return Thursday, having felt encouraged after back-to-back skates Tuesday and Wednesday.
But Callahan didn't participate in Thursday's morning skate, nor was he on the ice Friday at the Ice Sports Forum. It would appear Callahan is doubtful for Saturday's game against the Penguins.
Callahan missed the first month of the season as he recovered from June's hip surgery, returning Oct. 30 and tallying four points in 15 games. It has to be at least concerning that Callahan, in the third year of a six-year, $34.8 million deal, is still bothered by the hip.
"We're not going to put Callahan in position where he'll be out long term," Cooper said. "Whether you call it a setback, I don't know what the term is. But we're just not comfortable with him playing. He probably wants to play a little bit more, but we're holding him back a little bit. We've got to think long-term here. So if we keep him out a little bit longer that's what we have to do."