When the season begins in October the New York Rangers could possibly be without their captain Ryan Callahan.
Callahan the fearless shot-blocker who has donned the C in New York for a few years now underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum this summer.
That would be less than ideal. Yes missing a month's worth of games this season isn't as big of a deal as last season with the truncated schedule however remember where the Rangers are right now. They are going to debut with a new coach in Alain Vigneault so getting that preseason time and the first month of the season would be quite a benefit for down the line you'd figure. Missing a player as key to the Rangers as Callahan would be disappointing.
But it's something that had to get done and of course it's more important that Callahan is important for the final few months and (the Rangers hope) the playoffs rather than the first month of the season.