It seemed like a long time coming but with Chris Drury’s (remember him?) buy out last summer the dream that Callahan would eventually become Rangers captain became a reality. I was very happy to see Callahan named captain of the team, and I definitely think the team made the right decision making him captain. Let’s go over how Ryan Callahan’s first season as captain went.
When the season first started I thought Callahan was nervous about his role as captain. His point production dropped and he wasn’t the same physical presence like he was in the past. He proceeded to pick up all aspects of his game and had a career year in all areas. Ryan Callahan is basically the captain everyone expected Chris Drury to be. Grinding hard, getting in peoples faces, and scoring dirty goals.
I think Callahan is sort of a quiet leader and he does all of his talking out on the ice. Every player takes notice when Callahan hustles after pucks and finishes his checks. All the players see how Callahan plays and they want to emulate him the best they can. I definitely think Callahan being captain had a positive effect on the players this year.
The Rangers had a great season as well as it was a banner year. First in the east, first in the Atlantic, and an Eastern Conference Finals appearance. Throw in a Winter Classic victory over the Flyers and Callahan’s first season as captain was definitely a success from a team standpoint. Callahan definitely has a chance to be one of the greatest Rangers captains ever, and if he can lead the Rangers to more banners and maybe a Stanley Cup win he can be mentioned with the great ones.
Here’s something I thought of just now. Ryan Callahan scored the first goal of the season, first goal of the playoffs, and the last goal of the season for the Rangers. Interesting right?
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