The New York Rangers will play their first nine regular season games on the road with a new head coach in Alain Vigneault which is the kind of situation that makes fans clamor for captain Ryan Callahan. He won’t be able to play in at least that first contest on Oct. 3 though.

The team announced that Callahan 28 has been cleared for contact yet will not play against the Phoenix Coyotes in that season-opener next Thursday.

The do-everything winger is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. Vigneault likely recalls the downside of rushing a player back from a shoulder injury – Ryan Kesler went through some serious growing pains in that regard in Vancouver – so it’s likely wise that the Rangers seem like they’re proceeding with caution here.