GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Though New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan said his surgically repaired left shoulder "felt great" and "responded well" to contact in Sunday's practice, he is not expecting to play in the team's season opener against the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday.
"I think Thursday's a no-go," he told ESPNNewYork.com after Tuesday's practice.
Coach Alain Vigneault had told reporters this weekend that the 28-year-old winger was unlikely to play against the Coyotes as well.
The Rangers' second game is on the road Monday against the Los Angeles Kings, and neither the team nor Callahan has ruled that out as a potential return date.
And despite reverting to the yellow jersey generally reserved for non-contact players during Tuesday's practice, Callahan assured reporters that he did not suffer a setback in his rehab.
"Full contact. Same as always," Callahan said. "[The jersey is] just for drills."