Already in this shortened season, Rangers fans have experienced a few tumultuous ups and downs, but this can be expected with this hockey team that we all know and love. At some point this season, we've been exposed to the harsh reality of losing key cogs that make the Rangers click to short term injuries.
So, I've got a question that's been on my mind that I want to ask to every NY Rangers blog reader. Now that we are just shy of the halfway point of the season, who has been the Rangers most indispensable player? Captain Ryan Callahan, whose leadership and will to win has taken the team to another level recently. Rick Nash and his 8 third period goals, or Henrik Lundqvist, arguably the best goaltender in the NHL and his fiery desire to lead the Rangers to the promised land.
If you think none of these men above is the Rangers most indispensable player, let us know what you think in the comments below.
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Honestly, may even put Staal above Callahan... Defense has been terrible without him in my opinion... there were long periods of time in the sens game where they could not get the puck out of the zone... Staal would have had a huge impact and potentially could have been the difference in that game. You will all see for the time period we dont have him how valuable he is, tomorrow will be the first time when Ovi scores twice because Girardi could not contain him like Staal is able too.... So I go Hank, Nash, Staal, Callahan
cally comes in last on the poll? really?
the poll said "so far this season"
nash is a beast, for sure and is on a sick run right now. i talked to a guy wearing a cool rangers hat about nash on the subway today and he said, "he's the real deal". and he is. i'd put him in at 2nd.
but for me, hank gets 3rd place. high glove hand vulnerable? check. huge rebounds? check. dont get me wrong, he keeps us in games and makes sick saves a lot. but there has been some regression from last year. i think that is obvious to us all.
ryan callahan has made so many captain-esque moves so far this season AND has had a chance to show some hands and show some moves in the goal scoring department. defensively? sacrificing his body with no stick on the pk AND getting the puck out of the zone too? we all remember that play. finishing checks always. oh man i feel dumb trying to make my case that he should be the most indispensable. the video is there.
@IcyCup -- 100%
@IcyCup can't win the vezina every year, not even Brodeur could. It is an asinine comment honestly to put Hank 3rd on this list. With Biron in net we are 5 games under 500 if not worse...
@slapshot13j -- yours is asinine comment, which goes somewhat without saying as it's the smaller percentage of yours that are not asinine
I haven't seen as much of the indispensable Lundquist this season ... sure hoping to see a whole lot more of the old Hank
honestly surprised lundqvist isn't over 50%... i would go with hank myself but nash is a very, very close 2nd. i think lundqvist's not so great beginning to the season has a lot to do with folks voting for nash and callahan, whose absences were notable when they were out.
Best goalie in the world, best captain in the world, and the best power forward in the world? Always bet on the King.
@TheNYRBlog bro u no nothing about hockey I not following u r blog torts sucks Boyle sucks but u put down krider u r the typical ranger fan
Watching the Bruins game... We are not in the same time zone as them.... Their 3rd line moves the puck better then our second line, and I would say better than our 1st line because sometimes it is all Nash. I mean I know there is a lot of hockey left, but they are in a different time zone then us right now
@TheNYRBlog who would you rather be without for a month? Hank! Hands down! Not contest!
Ask yourself this question... If there were an injury, which one would you feel more comfortable being without for a month? Henrik Lundqvist hands down! Not even close. No argument.
@TheNYRBlog Would have said Hank last year, but now think Nash is just as important.
Stu Bickel practicing with dman, I can't believe Hamrlik would be benched after one penalty, but then again this is John Tortorella we are talking about...
%s Gotta be Nash so far, just for his ability to change games in the 3rd period. Look at %s record without him...
How is this even a question? We are not even getting to .500 if Biron is in nets full time. I love what Nash brings and Cally's leadership is unquestionable, but this team only goes as far as Hank takes them.
People will vote Callahan and Hank because Nash is the new guy. Not as emotionally attached to him as the other homegrown guys. Emotional response kind of question. No wrong answer really...
@TheNYRBlog not sure how anyone can vote anything but Lundqvist.
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I'd go with Nash. Lundqvist and Callahan are massively important, but I have full confidence in Mart Biron when he gets a start. Callahan does so much for the team as well, but he can't take control on offense the way Nash can.
@TheNYRBlog tough one, as vital as nash and cally are, gotta go with hank
@TheNYRBlog Nash. Just look at the record with him on the ice versus him not on the ice.
@TheNYRBlog torn between Nash and Callahan. look at the teams record with vs without nash
100% Ryan Callahan. Always making hits, in on the rush, 110% every night, goals, assists, scrums. True hockey captain at its finest.