Ryan Callahan, forward for the Tampa Bay Lightnings and ex New York Rangers captain, was hit some unfortunate news. Julien BriseBois, GM of the Lightning, announced today that Ryan Callahan was diagnosed with degenerative disk disease. Callahan was advised by medical professionals that he should no longer play hockey.
For anyone who has followed Callahan’s career knows that he has spent a considerable amount of time on the side lines. This time he will permanently spend the rest of his hockey career on the long term IR for cap purposes. Callahan noted that last year he tried his best to manage this injury, but was listed day-to-day all season long. Unfortunately Callahan, 34, has to hang them up for good after 14 seasons in the NHL. He will finish with 186 goals and 200 assists in 757 games.
The point of this blog was to say that Callahan needs to retire as a New York Ranger. Cally is a New York native out of Rochester. He is also the first home grown captain of the Rangers captain since Brian Leetch. Cally was a warrior out on the ice and led the Rangers to some very fun, memorable years. There is almost no denial that Callahan was one of the most passionate players to ever play the game. I am honestly surprised he lasted as long as he did. His play style was energetic and often reckless at times. He had no problem throwing his body around and jumping in front of shots. His physical sacrifices on the ice is what made him a fan favorite. I won’t take away from his years in Tampa, but let’s face it. Callahan is New York Ranger for life. People still rock his jersey at games and I know I speak for most Rangers fans that they wish he was never sent away. Hopefully Callahan can return to the game in another way and I hope that return can be with the New York Rangers. Thanks for an awesome ride Captain Cally.