Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Firsthand Callahan

Some thoughts by Ryan Callahan as the Rangers off-season begins. We will count on him, to do as he says, to "put pucks in the net and pick up points" next year. Someone has to do that, right?

NHL.com / BlueShirtsUnited.com:

Leaning on a pair of crutches before finally taking a seat in a locker at the MSG Training Center, Rangers alternate captain Ryan Callahan said that the cast should be coming off his broken ankle in a "couple" of weeks and that his normal off-season workouts would not be hampered in any way. Here's what else Cally told reporters at break-up day.
I know me, personally, and guys like Staalsie, Danny, and Dubi, don't look at ourselves as the young kids any more. We are not the future, the prospects or anything like that. We're a huge part of this team, and kind of the core of this team. Coming into the year we knew that and we wanted to lead the team the best we could and I think we have more responsibility to do that next year, too. Speaking for myself, I am ready to do that and am excited for that challenge and opportunity.
— Ryan Callahan

I think this year I took a pretty big step forward production-wise, and I think that came with more responsibility and more minutes. Right from the start me, Dubi, and Artie found a chemistry together and worked off each other pretty well. Looking forward I have to continue to do that, come in next year pick up where I left off and continue to put pucks in the net and pick up points.
— Ryan Callahan

It was pretty tough (missing the playoffs due to injury), especially because you battle with these guys all year. You work so hard and then get to the best part of the year, the most fun, and you're sitting and have to watch. It's a tough thing to do and something I didn't really enjoy.
— Ryan Callahan

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