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The New York Rangers had a
number of questions that needed to be answered coming into the season, but few
if any wondered about Ryan Callahan. Callahan
was named the 26th captain of the franchise because of his leadership, but also
in part because his play epitomizes the identity the team strives to have. The Rangers have failed to establish that
same identity as last season or the same style of play and to see why you have
to look no further than the play of Callahan himself.
In the Rangers opener against
the Kings Callahan played his type of game and had a huge impact recording an
important goal to help spark a lifeless team and recording a tremendous 11
shots on goal. Since then his game has
seemingly declined and his impact has been non-existent in the outcome of
games, which is not what the Rangers need from his both as their captain and as
a player who was given a new contract based on last year’s production. The questio...