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03-29-2013, 01:52 AM
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Join Date: Jul 2006
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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.
Give me a break. Callahan is the biggest problem with this team right now? That's completely ridiculous. The biggest problems with this team are obviously the dismal play of Richards and Gaborik, and the lack of secondary scoring from the bottom six.
To say he's been as bad as Richards, Gaborik, or Boyle boggles my mind.
His production is down because the team's production is down. He had a bad game tonight, but he still has far more "on" games than he has "off" games.
He played just as much last season, and everything was fine. Besides, he's on the ice as much as he is because of his play away from the puck more than anything. He's not a skill player, he has to get some offensive support to produce. How the hell do you think a guy like Chris Drury scored 30-35 goals in Buffalo? He was surrounded by skill players who created opportunites for him. He was smart enough and gave enough effort to capitalize on them. That's how Callahan works. You can't expect him to pull these nice dekes out every night. He's not Pavel Bure. It's a bonus whenever he gives you one of those. He's going to score dirty, hardworking goals that are usually created in part by plays from skill players. When those guys aren't making anything happen offensively, Callahan's production is bound to drop.
I also agree that he is putting or at least feeling extra pressure to produce because other people aren't, and I feel like he's focusing too much on offense, which is actually hurting his production, because so much of the offense he is able to create for himself is from his defense.
NO ONE on the team is scoring besides Nash, Stepan, and Hagelin. Callahan didn't seem to have a problem scoring when he played with Stepan. You expect him to score a lot when he plays with rookie J.T. Miller and one dimensional Gaborik? Or when he's playing with Richards who is playing quite poorly himself?
Let's not forget that this is coming from a poster that has been arguing for years that Callahan is an inferior player to Dubinsky, which is and has always been laughable.
No matter how many complaints you can lodge against this team, and there are many, there is one positive thing you can always count on: Lundqvist and Callahan are never going to be chief causes of concern. The reason you know this to be true is because throughout virtually their entire careers, they never have been. This is one agenda, under rating Callahan, that has never had any factual or logical support.
Callahan's play is so far down the list of issues plaguing this team now that it really doesn't even warrant discussion, IMO.
You don't know what you have in a player like Callahan.
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