New contracts for Callahan, Dubinsky, Anisimov, and Boyle
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01-23-2011, 11:59 PM
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The only aspects of the game in which Dubinsky is a superior player to Callahan are shot, passing and puckhandling, and that's not to put down Dubinsky, because he's a very solid all-around player.
But Callahan is much, much more than just a hustler. He's a significantly better defender than Dubinsky, much more likely to finish his checks, much better positional player, much better decision maker and most of all, more consistent, although to Dubinsky's credit his consistency has improved, little by little, every season.
If Callahan had Dubinsky's hands, he'd be a top 20 player in this league and an annual Selke contender, because he's one of the best defensive forwards in the game. There are maybe 5-10 forwards in the entire league that cause opposing teams as many problems defensively as Callahan does. He is a master at consistently forcing an opponent with the puck to make a mistake. He does it every shift, every time he steps out onto the ice, and he doesn't do that just with hustle. He does it with very, very smart play.
Dubinsky will make more money because he has better offensive numbers, but saying that he's a better or more important player than Callahan is really selling #24 short.
For the most part I think this was actually really fair, until the last part. I think the difference between Dubi and Callahan's offensive abilities far exceeds the difference between their defensive abilities, making Dubi the far better of the two.
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