We have arrived at hump day, with only one day left until Game 1. Only two more annoying New York Ranger’s to profile, so let’s get on with it.
#2 Ryan Callahan
Ryan Callahan is easily one of the most annoying players in the league to have to watch when he is not on your team. He is coach John Tortorella’s right hand man, the captain of the blueshirts. He delivers coach’s creed to his teammates, and employs it in a fantastically annoying fashion. Callahan is a relentless forechecker, and a very savvy manipulator of the zebras. These qualities make him feel like the east coast version of Los Angeles’ captain Dustin Brown. They both try to get under the skins of opponents, and somehow they both get away with some pretty lame flops (disclaimer: everyone flops.)
Also like Dustin Brown, Callahan has a nose for clutch situations. His consistently tenacious style of play allows him to be prepared to seize clutch situations during games, and he often does. He’s a great leader because teammates have tremendous respect for his devotion to every aspect of the game, and they also are impressed by his courage to get in anyone and everyone’s face.
Callahan also has a flair for the dramatic. He is a fan favorite because he is from (Rochester) New York, and because he sacrifices every part of his body each and every game. Fans, New Yorkers especially, greatly appreciate this. Callahan is constantly laying out to block shots in big moments, crashing the net with abandon, and back-checking as hard as anyone in the league. These three skills are surely going to annoy every opposing player and fan.
Caps fans have been especially annoyed by Callahan and his antics, and have to prepare for dealing with him for the fourth postseason in the last five years. Quite frankly, the captain of the Rangers is getting a little stale for our tastes, if I may speak for the group. Let’s hope Ryan can hold the soccer injuries to a minimum this series. Is it Thursday yet?