Best post-lockout Ranger: Final Four: Henrik Lundqvist (1) vs. Ryan Callahan (1)

September 13, 2013, by

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With training camp upon us, we enter the Final Four of the offseason tournament for the Best Ranger since the 2005 lockout. As we enter the final days, we want to thank Matt Josephs of Blue Line Station (Twitter: 11Matt_Josephs8) for pitching this idea to us. It was a great success and we hope you had as much fun voting as we did posting and seeing the results.  The first Final Four matchup pits the King against the Captain: Hank vs. Cally.

Henrik Lundqvist (Acquired – 2000 draft, round 7)

Hank is Hank. He’s a five-time Vezina Finalist, he’s won the award once. He’s been the backbone of the team, and the best goalie in the world. Not really much else to say here.

To get to this point, Hank beat #16 Olli Jokinen,  #9 Martin Rucinsky, #4 Artem Anisimov, and #3 Ryan McDonagh. Hank is also the tournament favorite, so he gets the higher #1 seed here.

Ryan Callahan (acquired – 2004 draft, 4th round)

The Rangers actually acquired the draft pick used to select Cally from San Jose in exchange for the negotiating rights to Mark Messier. It’s funny how the Rangers traded the rights to their captain, and used that draft pick to draft a future captain. Cally saw his first NHL action in 2006-2007, playing 14 games with the Rangers. He played 52 games with the club the following season, which included an 11 game stint in Hartford. After that Cally stuck with the club and has been an all-round beast for the Rangers since. In his full Ranger career to date, Cally has put together a line of 121-108-229 in 405 games, and has slowly climbed from averaging 40 points per season to averaging close to 60 points over a full season. Cally has been the captain of the team since 2011, and was an alternate captain from 2009.

To get to the Final Four, Cally took out #16 Donald Brashear, #8 Ruslan Fedotenko, #4 Carl Hagelin, and #3 Marian Gaborik. Cally will be the lower #1 seed in this post. Let’s consider him #1A.

So who do you think has been the better Ranger: Hank or Cally? Vote thumbs up for the higher seed (Hank), or thumbs down for the lower seed (Cally). Voting ends at midnight tonight.

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  1. TxRanger says:

    Hank does nothing but let goals in when he should be stepping up and playing like the world-class goalie he and everyone else thinks he is. This one should go to Callahan by a mile: he plays his heart out every game. Hank doesn’t.

  2. JoeP199 says:

    Hmmm, among active goalies, Lundqvist is second in GAA, and third in save % (nobody is ahead of him on both lists, either). He has the NHL record for consecutive 30 win seasons, and has won the Vezina trophy. And you say he “does nothing but let goals in when he should be stepping up and playing like the world-class goalie he and everyone else thinks he is.” I’d say that he IS playing exactly like you’d expect that “world-class goalie”.

    • TxRanger says:

      I was talking about in key situations. Shutting out the Panthers is good and all, but we have to win in the playoffs. Hank has let in some goals in the worst times. Remember Drury and the Sabres?

      • Mikeyyy says:

        I have to agree with tx.

        Hank does fail when. It matters most and those stats are more about the ranger defense than the actual goalie. Otherwise we would already have a Stanley cup parade.

        • TxRanger says:

          I love Hank, there’s maybe one goalie I’d rather lead us, but he has not been our best player. Yeah, we live and die by our goalie, but Callahan is the dude in this match-up.

          • Spozo says:

            2.28 gaa and .920 sv% in the playoffs. Talk about choking when it matters most. What a slouch.

      • NYRFAN1019 says:

        It wasn’t the team in front of hank that struggled? To rip on hank is absolutely ridiculous! You guys should be ashamed of yourselves. Think of the team without him (would look much like the flyers) then tell me who lets in bad goals!
        Fleury not hank

  3. Mark says:

    i think Hank needs to get a few more goals by his forwards. The problem is not him. I can understand that there have been some playoff games (First game against Boston for instance, i believe) he could have done more, but overall he is a great goalie.