Ryan Callahan out four weeks with nagging hip injury

The hits just keep coming for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The team announced Ryan Callahan will be out four weeks with a lower-body injury.

From Joe Smith of The Tampa Bay Times:

Callahan continues to be bothered by his hip, which was surgically-repaired back in June. He’s played in just 18 games this season, the last coming Jan. 7 in Philadelphia. It’s been frustrating for Callahan, who can’t seem to shake the soreness. He’s tried resting it, missing over a month from Nov. 28-Jan. 3. But after playing in just three games, Callahan is out at least another month.

Back in June, Callahan underwent successful surgery to repair a labral tear in his right hip. The expectation was that Callahan would be out five months for healing and rehabilitation.

He missed eight games to start the 2016-17 regular season and re-entered the Lightning lineup just over one month ahead of schedule.

The return was short lived.

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Ryan Callahan boards Kris Letang; suspension coming? (Video)

We wondered how physical the series would get between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

It took only 2:50 to find out as Ryan Callahan boarded Kris Letang in the first period.

There was confusion at first as to what exactly Callahan’s penalty (or penalties) would be.

He received a five minute major for boarding. The assumption that he was going to be tossed to, but he was kept in the game.

We don’t know the reason why he didn’t receive a game misconduct when it was clear he boarded, and laid an elbow into the back of Letang’s head. Some surmised that the officials determined that Letang was not injured to the point of warranting Callahan’s expulsion.

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