'Nothing new' for Callahan

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- It was cruel to tease you fans with a glimmer of hope Friday as all of us at the MSG training center in Westchester tweeted about captain Ryan Callahan skating in a regular, contact jersey.

Alas, his timetable remains the same.

The injured Callahan, who is recovering from a broken left thumb, did some light shooting Friday afternoon, but said that there is otherwise "nothing new" to report from the day's activities.

Just taking a gander at the Rangers schedule and it appears that, at the very earliest Callahan could play against the Blue Jackets when the team travels to Columbus next Thursday (at this point, the same cannot be said of Rick Nash's chances to face his former club). After that, the likeliest return date would be that following Sunday, November 10 against the Florida Panthers.

Callahan skated with the team Thursday morning for the first time since sustaining the hand injury earlier this month.

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Rangers coach Alain Vigneault made some interesting comments when asked about Benoit Pouliot Friday afternoon. Pouliot, an off-season acquisition of the Rangers this past summer, previously played for Tampa Bay, Boston, Montreal and Minnesota to varying degrees of success.

Though he has indisputable skill, he has struggled to produce consistently. That hasn't been any different than during his short time thus far in New York.

"[He] hasn't shown it here yet, either," Vigneault said.

Vigneault likened him to Christopher Higgins, who he coached in Vancouver. He told Higgins, as he is telling Pouliot now, that a certain stigma is created when a guy bounces from team to team. Poluiot is aware that this is a critical time with respect to the future of his career; Vigneault said he needs to "figure it out."

"You only get so many kicks at the can here," Vigneault said. "You only get so many teams."