Originally posted on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 4/12/12

NEW YORK - JANUARY 25: Ryan Callahan #24 of the New York Rangers skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against on January 25, 2010 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Penguins defeated the Rangers 4-2. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Dave Lozo at NHL.com says, after missing the playoffs last year because of a broken leg, having a healthy Ryan Callahan will be huge for the Rangers...

"This is what you play 82 games for, is this time of year," Callahan said. "Last year was hard for me, missing the playoffs not being able to be part of it. I'm excited for it this year."

Here's John Tortorella on the importance of his captain...

"I look up and down the bench for him all the time, all situations, and now he had developed into quite a leader as far as his next progression that he's gone through this year."

...i'm not sure if the Rangers would have beat the Capitals in the playoffs last season, but I can guarantee you that if Callahan was in the line-up that series is much more competitive.

...Callahan is the engine that makes the Rangers run. When he was out of the line-up with his hand injury the Rangers were just not the same team. They feed off his energy and hard. I expect nothing but the same starting tonight.

...i've said this a few times on the blog, but if he's able to win a Stanley Cup wearing the "C", I think he will surpass Messier as the best captain in Rangers history.

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