Forward Line 4
Let the controversy begin.
Yes, that photo you see above is that of current Tampa Bay Lightning assistant captain Ryan Callahan. Hate it all you want. Cally is simply the best choice in contrast to the rest of this lineup.
Put your Martin St. Louis 2014 giddiness aside for a moment. Cally played almost eight seasons for the Rangers while captaining almost three of them. He’s the perfect fourth-line wing for this roster. He’s a grinder, an agitator, and can score from time to time when least expected. The defensive qualities he’ll bring to the team will be desperately needed with the immense amount of star quality.
His running mates are two of the Rangers greats from the 1928 and ’33 Stanley Cup teams.
By all accounts, Frank Boucher was a tremendous two-way player. Despite only playing in 533 games for New York – thanks to much shorter seasons – Boucher ranks 15 on the all-time scoring list.
Bill Cook was the Rangers most dangerous scorer during those days. His 229 goals is good enough for 10th all time in team history. His 0.48 goals per game is fifth in Rangers history.
It’s a perfect fourth-line who’ll grind, forecheck, play nagging defense, and still put the puck in the net from time to time.