Originally written on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 10/22/14

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 26: Dan Girardi #5 of the New York Rangers skates against the New York Islanders on December 26, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.The Islanders defeated the Rangers 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Blueshirts United reports that after not playing Wednesday night, Dan Girardi did not participate in today's optional practice. John Tortorella would only say that he's "not sure" of Girardi's status for tomorrow night's game against the Islanders. ...Girardi had only missed two games the last five seasons before last night, so it really must be serious for him to sit out last night. It has me a bit concerned. Especially with Torts being so mum on the injury. In other injury news, Ryan Callahan (shoulder) was cleared for contact today and participated without limitations during today's optional practice. Callahan would not comment on a possible return date. ...i'm always cautious when it comes to injuries, so, while the Rangers are in need of their leader, especially on the power play, I'd hate to see him return too soon and risk further injury. Great sign that he's been cleared for contact. For the rest of Callahan...
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