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04-25-2013, 05:09 PM
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Seven points in his last five games. Compare that to Gaborik, who has a whopping one assist in his last five games with the Jackets making a push for the playoffs.

Callahan struggled against Florida, but he has been coming on the past few games.
Sample sizes.

I will look back into it, more in depth during next season. I think the team will continue to stay relatively mediocre while Callahan puts up his 40-50pt season while logging up top 5 minutes league wide. A very inefficient way for production. (Unless your team dominates puck possession vs. other top lines in those minutes, something which Callahan can't do)


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Stepan has the Midas touch.

Everyone he touches turns into gold. Nash and Hags specifically. I still don't think him and Callahan are a good fit together, Callahan holds him back IMO. Hagelin and Nash are much more effective offensive players and they fit the stature of a nice scoring line, something Callahan shouldn't be on.
I don't think Callahan holds Stepan back. Actually, I like the way Stepan plays with Cally on his wing, especially with Hags on the other, this year at least. He's using his body, really engaged with and sometimes controlling the play, something he hadn't done in past years.

Nash is going to look good or bad regardless of who you put with him. He seems to be one player who is immune to the play of his linemates, which is why I like him with Brass. It gives Brassard the room and time to take advantage of his skillset, and feed Nash.

But this is the Callahan thread, so that's probably enough of line-up talk.

As far as linemates DO go, I think Callahan does work best with another offensive grinder, which is why he played so well with Dubinsky, who also had "**** it throw it at the net" instincts, and Hags. Stepan has become one HELL of a player below the circles, and that has been great.

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Sample sizes.

I will look back into it, more in depth during next season. I think the team will continue to stay relatively mediocre while Callahan puts up his 40-50pt season while logging up top 5 minutes league wide. A very inefficient way for production. (Unless your team dominates puck possession vs. other top lines in those minutes, something which Callahan can't do)
I don't disagree that Callahan might not be in the role he should be, but I feel as though you hold a personal grudge against him because of that. If anything, blame the person who put together a roster built around him, or the coach that loves him.

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I don't think Callahan holds Stepan back. Actually, I like the way Stepan plays with Cally on his wing, especially with Hags on the other, this year at least. He's using his body, really engaged with and sometimes controlling the play, something he hadn't done in past years.

Nash is going to look good or bad regardless of who you put with him. He seems to be one player who is immune to the play of his linemates, which is why I like him with Brass. It gives Brassard the room and time to take advantage of his skillset, and feed Nash.

But this is the Callahan thread, so that's probably enough of line-up talk.

As far as linemates DO go, I think Callahan does work best with another offensive grinder, which is why he played so well with Dubinsky, who also had "**** it throw it at the net" instincts, and Hags. Stepan has become one HELL of a player below the circles, and that has been great.
I think Callahan is a very inefficient player with puck on his stick. Him and Stepan have been a disaster last year and earlier this year until the recent stretch of games where Stepan's looked like the 2nd coming of Christ (or 1st line center). I just don't feel comfortable when these two are on together, Stepan requires to work with players who can make efficient plays in the offensive zone. Gaborik, Hagelin, Anisimov and Nash are that. Callahan is a bit too wild and makes too many low percentage plays. He is best served on a 3rd line like you said. Him, Dorsett and Brassard could make an alright 3rd line.

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I don't disagree that Callahan might not be in the role he should be, but I feel as though you hold a personal grudge against him because of that. If anything, blame the person who put together a roster built around him, or the coach that loves him.
I blame all three. If the Rangers want to build a winning roster, Callahan should go.. Unless they add multiple 1st and 2nd line players.

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I blame all three. If the Rangers want to build a winning roster, Callahan should go.. Unless they add multiple 1st and 2nd line players.


I'd like to think that Callahan would be part of a winning roster. You win with players like him, not in spite of them.

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I'd like to think that Callahan would be part of a winning roster. You win with players like him, not in spite of them.
He's won no major championships in his hockey career.

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He's won no major championships in his hockey career.
Neither has Hagelin, Brassard, McDonagh, Girardi, etc.

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Cally either needs to glue his sticks to his hands during the PK, buy a new brand of sticks that don't break so easily, or position himself in a manner as to where the puck doesn't hit his stick when he blocks shots.

He is stickless on the PK more than anyone on this team (possibly the league as well) and it gives the opposition a 2-man advantage.

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I am so happy he just shut everyone up on this thread. LOL

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He's won no major championships in his hockey career.
How is this relevant?

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He's won no major championships in his hockey career.
Neither has John Mitchell.

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Neither has Hagelin, Brassard, McDonagh, Girardi, etc.
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How is this relevant?
Girardi was the top defender on the most stacked OHL team of all time.

But the point is, well he can absolutely be part of a winning roster. But his past repertoire doesn't support that he has been part of any.

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Neither has John Mitchell.
Good thing Mitch isn't a captain of a NHL team then. lol.

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Girardi was the top defender on the most stacked OHL team of all time.

But the point is, well he can absolutely be part of a winning roster. But his past repertoire doesn't support that he has been part of any.
Which has absolutely no bearings on him as a player.

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Which has absolutely no bearings on him as a player.
As a player, absolutely.

But as a leader?

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As a player, absolutely.

But as a leader?
He has been Captain for 1 and 1/2 seasons.

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Neither has John Mitchell.
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He's won no major championships in his hockey career.
So they have to get rid of him to win? Better get rid of almost everybody then...

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Hagelin-Stepan-Callahan was our best line tonight. They did an awesome job of pressuring the Canes and put up points. Stepan's goal was beautiful passing work by everyone on the line (and MDZ). They work well together. I once said that Stepan and Callahan would never play well together but they've been our best PKers and have played very well together this year. Though TBH that's probably got more to do with Stepan playing well with EVERYONE.

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Now nine points in his last six games.

Our big name players are turning it on down the stretch.

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