It hasn’t been easy for Ryan Callahan this season. The New York Rangers‘ captain has been injured on three separate occasions and has yet to find himself in Alain Vigneault‘s new system. Add the fact that he is in a contract year and has been in numerous trade rumors over the past two weeks, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Callahan’s play slip. But that just isn’t how Callahan does things.
The last two games have been Captain Cally’s best this season. Against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night Callahan came out on fire. He scored two goals and added an assist in the Rangers’ dominant 5-1 win. He was all over the ice on the forecheck and putting his body on the line much like fans have grown accustomed to seeing from the captain.
Even though the Rangers lost 2-1 last night against the Edmonton Oilers, Callahan played another great game. He had three or four grade A scoring chances including a shorthanded breakaway that he just missed. Once again he was all over the ice creating scoring chances.
It is hard for players to play through rumors. Some crumble and just shut down, because they can’t handle the pressure. That just isn’t Callahan. He turned his play up a notch after hearing all the rumors, and the fans responded with the chants of “Cally” very well knowing we might be seeing the last few games from him.
Callahan’s recent play has put even more pressure on Rangers general manager Glen Sather. The fans seem pretty split with what they want in regards to Callahan, but I know I want him to stay on Broadway for as long as possible. If he keeps up this play I’m 100 percent positive Sather will want to keep him around as well.