The vaunted “depth” of the New York Rangers is now being tested with Rick Nash, Carl Hagelin and captain Ryan Callahan, top 6 players, all out. Depth is only valuable if it is being used. So, instead of sticking with Pointless Pyatt (now promoted to the first line??) Zero Zuccarello, and Poulet Pouliot, here is a modest Proposal: let Callahan play! Procure the hardest space age material to form an impenetrable cast around his thumb and get him back on the ice. You can’t grip the stick with a broken thumb you say? Well then, let him play one handed! We used to say in school yard hockey, “I could beat you with one arm tied behind my back.” Tie Callahan’s arm behind his back then. Callahan with 3 limbs is better than most with 4. Heck, let him play without a stick! He will still block every shot, throw thunderous checks and can even score with his skates (as long as he isn’t kicking and screaming)!
Seriously, there is no depth if it sits in Hartford. This isn’t the time now to pursue the let them develop theory; there is still plenty of time for that later. Both Ottawa and Boston did quite well with call ups in desperate times last season. For Boston it was even largely on defense, a position that is notorious for lengthy development. Larry Brooks reports that AV actually attended the Hartford 4-3 win last night; this is encouraging. If we don’t immediately form an offensively gifted kid line, say Miller for Kreider and Kristo, possibly Hrivrik (who scored in the 3rd period and again in the shootout), then our best alternative is to: let Callahan play!
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