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08:25 AM ET 09.13 | As MSG rebuilds to stay current, the Rangers have a new, young captain for the building. Couldn't have been more symbolic. Couldn't have been more appropriate. Because Ryan Callahan, the Blueblood who earlier in the day was appointed by coach John Tortorella as the franchise's 26th captain, is the personification of the Black-and-Blueshirt mentality that has come to identify the Rangers. ... [Said Callahan:] "If we're winning 3-0 and there are two minutes to go and there's a shot to be blocked, I'm trying to block it. We take great pride in the identity we created. We're not backing off it now." You could practically hear Tortorella beaming through the phone when that message was relayed to him.

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September 13, 2011  08:33 AM ET

Callahan is a good choice for the "C"

September 13, 2011  08:35 AM ET

Appointed by Tortorella, not voted on by the other players on the team.

Let's see how that works out.

September 13, 2011  09:21 AM ET

Cally more than deserves the C and hopefully will be wearing it for many years to come. I think they got it right with Staal and Richards as well bc while Dubi may deserve an A, it makes more sense to give it to a veteran guy on another line. Cally and Dubi are on the ice together for the majority of the game anyway and the main function of the C's and A's are to communicate with the officials..

September 13, 2011  09:47 AM ET

I agree with Callahan over Richards.

If they wanted to give it to a Dick you'd have Captain Avery.

September 13, 2011  09:48 AM ET

Someone has to explain to me why Richards, whom has never even had a PRACTICE with his team, gets an A. SHows how much value is actually put on this garbage. Its all for fans & media.

September 13, 2011  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I agree with Callahan over Richards. If they wanted to give it to a Dick you'd have Captain Avery.

Sounds like a horror movie?

September 13, 2011  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I agree with Callahan over Richards. If they wanted to give it to a Dick you'd have Captain Avery.

these are the comments I know and love you for.

September 13, 2011  10:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

these are the comments I know and love you for.

LOL - And also the reason I get hate mail. :-)

September 13, 2011  10:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Appointed by Tortorella, not voted on by the other players on the team.Let's see how that works out.

He was an alternate captain since '09 I believe, and also was voted Players Player by his teammates last year.

September 13, 2011  11:33 AM ET

I agree w/ the 'appointment'. And I think the rest of the team could get behind that, as well.

September 13, 2011  11:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Someone has to explain to me why Richards, whom has never even had a PRACTICE with his team, gets an A.

He's a Conn Smythe, Cup Winner. Gotta be good enough for an A

September 13, 2011  01:03 PM ET

Callahan is the right choice. Home grown player and not a Sather "Marquee purchase".

September 13, 2011  01:41 PM ET

It looks like Tortella, in the picture, is practicing what he will be saying to Richards this season: "How many fingers do you see?" :)

September 13, 2011  01:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

He was an alternate captain since '09 I believe, and also was voted Players Player by his teammates last year.

Thanks for the info NYR. I'd still prefer it if the players has voted him in instead of reading that Tort selected him.

September 13, 2011  02:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Someone has to explain to me why Richards, whom has never even had a PRACTICE with his team, gets an A. SHows how much value is actually put on this garbage. Its all for fans & media.

In agreement here Foil.........crazy!

September 13, 2011  02:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Cally more than deserves the C and hopefully will be wearing it for many years to come. I think they got it right with Staal and Richards as well bc while Dubi may deserve an A, it makes more sense to give it to a veteran guy on another line. Cally and Dubi are on the ice together for the majority of the game anyway and the main function of the C's and A's are to communicate with the officials..

Cally and Dubi.......do you give all players pet names Bready?

September 13, 2011  03:01 PM ET

Not a whole lot of reasons to dislike this. I very much doubt the players themselves would've picked anyone else to officially lead this team.

September 13, 2011  04:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

... instead of reading that Tort selected him.

Aww, c'mon. Torts is a tyrannical micromanager: "You'll take what I give you, and you'll like it."

I love Tortorella. There's no democracy in his clubhouse. No one gets to vote on chet. Ever.

And that's the way I think it should be. Ain't no popularity contest.

If he's going to catch it for the team tanking, he should have every right to make them grunt and sweat for every second on the ice. That's just me, though.

"WTF do you think you're doing out there, and who the eff even asked you to think!!?" was my favorite retort, as a coach. Needless to say, I was about as popular as diarrhea on prom-night.

September 13, 2011  05:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Aww, c'mon. Torts is a tyrannical micromanager: "You'll take what I give you, and you'll like it."I love Tortorella. There's no democracy in his clubhouse. No one gets to vote on chet. Ever.And that's the way I think it should be. Ain't no popularity contest.If he's going to catch it for the team tanking, he should have every right to make them grunt and sweat for every second on the ice. That's just me, though."WTF do you think you're doing out there, and who the eff even asked you to think!!?" was my favorite retort, as a coach. Needless to say, I was about as popular as diarrhea on prom-night.

But now you've turned into a warm and cuddly information volcano spewing information from coast to coast throughout North America. Go figure....

Incidentally, I agree fully with your view that coaching is not a popularity contest. Be fair.....ok, but you're the only one with a vote.

 
September 13, 2011  06:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

.....ok, but you're the only one with a vote.

And that's the way (Uh-huh, uh-huh) I like it (Uh-huh, uh-huh)...

:-D

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