Sigh. I know it’s your style of play but we need you on the ice not in the pressbox. Get well soon Captain! (Photo: Derrick Bostrom/flickr)
**Update: Replacement will only be temporary as the Rangers announced he has a shoulder subluxation and will only be out 10-14 days. Thank goodness.**
First off, you don’t replace Ryan Callahan. You can’t. The things he does on the ice, the package he brings, can not be replaced by one person. That’s why he’s captain.
Therefore “replacing” him will have to be by committee. Others will have to step up and take pieces of his role. Taylor Pyatt and Brian Boyle will have to stand in front of the net during the power play. Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin will have to get more time on the penalty kill. The entire team is going to have search within themselves (to take a Torts phrase) and find that energy, that identity he brings to the ice and continue to bring it even without having a leader to follow.
As for an actual roster replacement, the best option would be for Sather to pull one of his miracles. Since I’m not expecting that to happen, here’s my thoughts on what can or will take place.
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