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03-29-2013, 12:09 AM
Join Date: Jul 2004
I want to preface this by saying that I love Cally as a player. He, Dubi and AA were my three favorite forwards on the roster for the last few years.
That having been said, Callahan is quietly having an abysmal season, and yes, I think his year has been as bad or worse than the guys who routinely take a beating on this forum (Boyle, Richards, Gaborik).
What's wrong with him this year? He's been diving more, hustling less (he has games where he looks like the Cally of old, but they are few and far between this year), he doesn't really seem to lead on the ice anymore. Is it just because of the lack of a true preseason?
Aside from the diving and the lack of drive, his production is horrid, particularly in light of his consistently high ice time. He is 6th among forwards in TOI/G in the entire league. Almost all of the other guys in the top 10 have twice (in some cases three times as many) points. In the top 100 list of forwards for TOI/G, only 15 guys have put up a lower point total, and only six of those guys have played close to a full season (Zajac, RNH, Umberger, Vermette, Henrique and Weiss). Only two of THOSE guys are in the top 50 for TOI/G (Zajac at 22nd and RNH at 49th).
Hell, even just comparing Callahan to Callahan--the last time he had a production rate this low, he was sent to the AHL (2007/08).
I'm not looking to hate on Callahan, but if this team wants to go anywhere, they need the Callahan from the last three seasons to lead the way. The single biggest problem with the NY Rangers this season (in my opinion) is that THAT Ryan Callahan is nowhere to be found.
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