It seems like an eternity has passed since we last saw Ryan Callahan take the ice as a Ranger, but in reality it’s only been four days since the trade happened! The trade deadline created a variety of emotions for every single Rangers fan from excitement and joy to heartbreak and tears in seeing our Captain, Ryan Callahan, traded to the Tampa Bay Lightening for their Captain, Martin St. Louis.
Upon hearing that Callahan was traded, I was overly emotional and full of tears. My phone was filled with texts and my Twitter was full of mentions telling me how sorry they were. It felt as if I had lost a huge part of my life. Callahan has been such a huge part of this team for the past 8 years, and seeing him leave was the hardest moment in Rangers history for me to deal with. I felt like the team would never be able to rebound, and seeing all the players talk about how great Callahan was, how shocking it was when they learned about the trade and how hard it was to say goodbye to such a great friend and part of the team didn’t make it any easier. Seeing the Rangers take the ice that night without their captain was incredibly emotional and hard to manage without continuously crying on Skype to people. To make matters worse, we lost in overtime and battling back in the third period against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
There had been a lot of talk about trading Callahan for St Louis before the trade ever happened, and I will always hold some resentment for him because of the fact that we had to trade Callahan for him, but I must admit, adding him to the team has put some fire under everyone. He has been a great play maker, and works well with both Carl Hagelin and Brad Richards on his line. Seeing St Louis talking to Hagelin on the bench during his first game was truly a heart-warming moment, and showed me that St Louis is a great asset to this team. Since his first game, the Rangers have been on an upward climb and doing well. St Louis had an assist against the Carolina Hurricanes and had some key passes and great looks to the net.
Although Callahan is no longer on the Rangers team, I’m sure I speak for many when I say that he will always be a Ranger and will be eternally known as “Captain Cally”. Even though losing Callahan has broken hearts and caused many tears to flow, adding St Louis was one of the best trades we could have made for Callahan. You can see his heart and passion for the game when he is on the ice and can see how he pushes others on his team to play a better game. Someone pointed out to me if we were gonna trade Callahan at least we traded for a great player that will one day be in the Hall of Fame. It was hard to adjust, and I miss Callahan but with the last two win’s we’ve had, it’s looking like the Rangers are back to winning. That’s all for now, look for my next #AskAllison piece coming up, and Lets Go Rangers!