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TOP 30 FANTASY DEFENSEMEN

These modified re-rankings are based on expectations of the season going forward (including injuries). The plus or minus for each player is based on our preseason rankings from Sept. 2. (NR means not ranked in previous rankings.)
Players that dropped out of our previous rankings: XXXXXX, XXXXXX, XXXXXX
NHL.com continues its weekly mailbag, as fantasy insider Pete Jensen answers the five most compelling questions from fantasy owners and fans around the world.

From there, Horton's contributions to Boston's cause were limited to a cheering cameo on the TD Garden scoreboard, a locker-room presentation of the team's lucky jacket to Rich Peverley after Boston's Game 4 win, and pouring "dirty water" from Boston onto the Rogers Arena ice prior to the Bruins' Game 7 victory.

Horton's season ended on June 6 when he was hit late and high by Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. Horton's season ended on June 6 when he was hit late and high by Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.

1. What is the status of New York Rangers' forward Ryan Callahan, and coming off a season-ending injury, how much can be expected of him fantasy-wise right off the bat in 2011-12?

- Peter (Bellmore, NY)


Horton's season ended on June 6 when he was hit late and high by Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. From there, Horton's contributions to Boston's cause were limited to a cheering cameo on the TD Garden scoreboard, a locker-room presentation of the team's lucky jacket to Rich Peverley after Boston's Game 4 win, and pouring "dirty water" from Boston onto the Rogers Arena ice prior to the Bruins' Game 7 victory.

Horton's season ended on June 6 when he was hit late and high by Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. From there, Horton's contributions to Boston's cause were limited to a cheering cameo on the TD Garden scoreboard, a locker-room presentation of the team's lucky jacket to Rich Peverley after Boston's Game 4 win, and pouring "dirty water" from Boston onto the Rogers Arena ice prior to the Bruins' Game 7 victory.

Horton's season ended on June 6 when he was hit late and high by Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. From there, Horton's contributions to Boston's cause were limited to a cheering cameo on the TD Garden scoreboard, a locker-room presentation of the team's lucky jacket to Rich Peverley after Boston's Game 4 win, and pouring "dirty water" from Boston onto the Rogers Arena ice prior to the Bruins' Game 7 victory.




2. What is the status of New York Rangers' forward Ryan Callahan, and coming off a season-ending injury, how much can be expected of him fantasy-wise right off the bat in 2011-12?

- Sergei (Pittsburgh, PA)


Horton's season ended on June 6 when he was hit late and high by Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. From there, Horton's contributions to Boston's cause were limited to a cheering cameo on the TD Garden scoreboard, a locker-room presentation of the team's lucky jacket to Rich Peverley after Boston's Game 4 win, and pouring "dirty water" from Boston onto the Rogers Arena ice prior to the Bruins' Game 7 victory.

Horton's season ended on June 6 when he was hit late and high by Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. From there, Horton's contributions to Boston's cause were limited to a cheering cameo on the TD Garden scoreboard, a locker-room presentation of the team's lucky jacket to Rich Peverley after Boston's Game 4 win, and pouring "dirty water" from Boston onto the Rogers Arena ice prior to the Bruins' Game 7 victory.




3. What is the status of New York Rangers' forward Ryan Callahan, and coming off a season-ending injury, how much can be expected of him fantasy-wise right off the bat in 2011-12?

- Deborah (Albequerque, NM)


Horton's season ended on June 6 when he was hit late and high by Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. From there, Horton's contributions to Boston's cause were limited to a cheering cameo on the TD Garden scoreboard, a locker-room presentation of the team's lucky jacket
Ryan Callahan
Right Wing - NYR
GOALS: 23 | ASST: 25 | PTS: 48
SOG: 179 | +/-: -7
to Rich Peverley after Boston's Game 4 win, and pouring "dirty water" from Boston onto the Rogers Arena ice prior to the Bruins' Game 7 victory.

Horton's season ended on June 6 when he was hit late and high by Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. From there, Horton's contributions to Boston's cause were limited to a cheering cameo on the TD Garden scoreboard, a locker-room presentation of the team's lucky jacket to Rich Peverley after Boston's Game 4 win, and pouring "dirty water" from Boston onto the Rogers Arena ice prior to the Bruins' Game 7 victory.




4. What is the status of New York Rangers' forward Ryan Callahan, and coming off a season-ending injury, how much can be expected of him fantasy-wise right off the bat in 2011-12?

- Tal (Montreal, QC)


Horton's season ended on June 6 when he was hit late and high by Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. From there, Horton's contributions to Boston's cause were limited to a cheering cameo on the TD Garden scoreboard, a locker-room presentation of the team's lucky jacket to Rich Peverley after Boston's Game 4 win, and pouring "dirty water" from Boston onto the Rogers Arena ice prior to the Bruins' Game 7 victory.

Horton's season ended on June 6 when he was hit late and high by Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. From there, Horton's contributions to Boston's cause were limited to a cheering cameo on the TD Garden scoreboard, a locker-room presentation of the team's lucky jacket to Rich Peverley after Boston's Game 4 win, and pouring "dirty water" from Boston onto the Rogers Arena ice prior to the Bruins' Game 7 victory.




5. What is the status of New York Rangers' forward Ryan Callahan, and coming off a season-ending injury, how much can be expected of him fantasy-wise right off the bat in 2011-12?

- Brian (Bay Ridge, NY)


Horton's season ended on June 6 when he was hit late and high by Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. From there, Horton's contributions to Boston's cause were limited

"Callahan is progressing well. He is re-gaining his strength in that ankle and his mobility seems fine. We'll continue to evaluate him this preseason."
-- Rangers' coach John Tortorella

to a cheering cameo on the TD Garden scoreboard, a locker-room presentation of the team's lucky jacket to Rich Peverley after Boston's Game 4 win, and pouring "dirty water" from Boston onto the Rogers Arena ice prior to the Bruins' Game 7 victory.

Horton's season ended on June 6 when he was hit late and high by Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. From there, Horton's contributions to Boston's cause were limited to a cheering cameo on the TD Garden scoreboard, a locker-room presentation of the team's lucky jacket to Rich Peverley after Boston's Game 4 win, and pouring "dirty water" from Boston onto the Rogers Arena ice prior to the Bruins' Game 7 victory.
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