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Ryan Callahan: A Captain's Farewell

Now, I know I wrote my first article about how I wanted Ryan Callahan to stay. My only qualms about him staying were that I felt he was becoming too greedy and that disappointed me greatly after his comments about wanting to stay in New York and that his heart was here. It obviously wasn’t or he would’ve made a deal happen and not asked for so much time, money and now surfacing the no trade clause.

Don’t get me wrong Ryan was a great leader, and played the game with so much heart and soul. He was strong on the penalty kill and wasn’t afraid to sacrifice his body. I wish him all the best in his career and hope that he is truly happy with the decision that was made for him.

With that said, although we lost in overtime, we still got a point, I think the team that I watched play on Wednesday had speed, controlled the puck, and looked energized. The two short-handed goals by Ryan McDonagh and Dominic Moore on the same penalty kill nonetheless, were absolutely spirit lifting for fans and the team after being down by two goals. Martin St. Louis talking to Carl Hagelin on the bench was such a cool thing to see. Hagelin really looked like he was looking up to a role model and learning. I think with Mats Zuccarello returning to the line-up, a player that plays like St. Louis and makes things happen, can give us the ability to make a strong run for the playoffs.

I was opposed to St. Louis at first, and I will miss Callahan, but I’m really excited to see what he can bring to this team and where this team can go together. It’ll be great to see them make a run for the Stanley Cup.

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