So the rumors are true, Ryan Callahan broke his ankle last night blocking a howitzer from Zdeno Chara. Obviously losing Callahan (again) is a huge loss. There is no one on this team who brings skill and will the way he does.
How long Callahan will remain out has yet to be determined, but if I were a betting man, I would prognosticate that we don't see him again until September. In talking to a few friends who've played at a high level, broken ankles from pucks generally require surgery followed by anywhere from 6 weeks to 3 months on crutches pending on the break.
In his absence, Gaborik will probably be moved up to play alongside Dubinsky and Anisimov. After that line though, nothing is set in stone. Obviously someone has to step up, but the question is...who?
There have been talks of Gilroy playing right wing or Sean Avery getting more playing time, but lets face it, he who doesn't have the coach's trust, won't be a playoff hero. There's Kris Newbury down in Hartford, but the way he plays, a World of Warcraft fan probably has a better chance getting on top of a pornstar than that guy does getting top minutes on Broadway.
Yes folks, that leaves Captain America himself.
According to the internet, Drury is practicing, with an eye on returning for the playoffs. Now I know Drury haters will be quick to point out that he hasn't scored a goal since last April, but that is irrelevant.
The Aaron Boone moments of sports happen because of a coach's trust. And in sports, as in the real world, people can succeed when they are put in a position to do so. When you have a coach's trust, that moment is there for the taking.