- Matt Ehalt, ESPN New York contributor
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The Rangers have activated forwards Vaclav Prospal and Ryan Callahan from injured reserve and will send down some younger players to its AHL affiliate Connecticut Whale, the team announced Tuesday night.
Prospal has missed all of the season thus far after being put on injured reserve Sept. 24 with a knee injury and undergoing successful knee surgery on Oct. 18. He is in his second season with the Rangers after signing with the team as a free agent in 2009.
Callahan has missed the last 19 games with a broken hand he suffered on Dec. 15. Callahan has 10 goals and 13 assists on the season.
"It's going to be a good feeling to see a lot of guys back when we start again [after the All-Star break] ... but at the same time the guys that have been coming back have been doing a great job for us," said goalie Henrik Lundqvist.
While Callahan and Prospal return to New York, the team is sending down five players to Connecticut so they can play games during the All-Star break. Defenseman Michael Del Zotto and forwards Kris Newbury, Chad Kolarik, Brodie Dupont and Evgeny Grachev will all join the Whale for their next two games against Manchester on Friday and Portland on Saturday.
"We want to them to go play, this isn't a negative thing on any of them," Rangers coach John Tortorella said. "I just met with them and for me it's been rewarding to see them play through the situation we've gone through with injuries, and to me it just enhances ... some of the things we have here that we're going to improve and eventually help this club and that could be longer term for some guys, maybe shorter term for some guys."
The Rangers will make decisions next week about who will be recalled.
Matt Ehalt is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.