Thread: News Article: Eklund's Take on Callahan
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01-30-2014, 06:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Pizza View Post
He played 17 minutes on the second line last night. And the team has four lines playing pretty well right now. Maybe I'm missing something here.
He's averaging about 3 minutes of ice time per game fewer this year than he did the last two seasons under Tortorella.

2013-2014 17:52
2013 21:31
2011-2012 21:02

It's his lowest average TOI since 2008-2009. Richards, Stepan, Zucc, Nash, Kreider and Brassard all average more power play time. I'm not saying he can't go back to playing 20+ minutes a game of tough hockey. I just don't know if it is going to happen on the Rangers with the coach and current makeup of the team. Players' roles evolve over the course of their careers as coaches, systems and teammates change.

It's not that I feel like he's an unimportant player. The Rangers will have a large void to fill if he leaves--in the locker room, defensively and on the PK, his checking game, etc. But we know how big these free agency deals get and the longevity concerns for players who play the style Callahan plays. If he were willing to sign a 3-year deal, I'd have no problem with Sather offering him a lot of money. I just think he's going to get a huge offer from some other team in terms of money and role and he has every right to take it.

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