New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan's all-out style of play creates a lot of positive outcomes for his team. Blocking shots, giving and taking hits, and gung-ho trips to the front of the net and the corners all serve to inspire teammates and win games.
But Callahan's game does not necessarily lend itself to staying healthy for an entire season. Bruises and broken bones are among the results of constantly blocking shots in the NHL.
That creates a sort of catch-22 for the Rangers, because a major part of Callahan's value lies in his all-out style of play. But when that style lands him out of the lineup, the Rangers miss their fearless leader dearly.
Compounding the dilemma is the fact that Callahan has emerged as an offensive force in his sixth NHL season. So not only does the team miss his contribution with the so-called "little things," but the goal-starved Rangers also badly need Callahan's scoring acumen.
The captain, who turned celebrated his 27th birthday on Wednesday wit...