New York Rangers' Chris Drury and Ryan Callahan Make Team USA...That's Swell
Shortly after the Winter Classic '10, Team USA announced their 23-man roster for the 2010 Vancouver Games.
Ranger fans were happy to notice that two more of their Blueshirts made the squad.
Captain Chris Drury and assistant captain Ryan Callahan were both announced by GM Brian Burke as participants for Team USA.
That's really swell and all, but honestly, as a Ranger fan...I could care less.
Don't get me wrong, being named to any Olympic team is a great honor and obviously something that should receive great recognition, especially to Team USA, but Drury and Callahan leaves me with no care nor concern for Vancouver.
No. What I'm concerned about is the other two Rangers that will be making the trip.
Lost in the shuffle were the announcements that Marian Gaborik and Henrik Lundqvist would also be travelling to Vancouver.
Gaborik, representing Team Slovakia, and Lundqvist for Team Sweden—who he won a Gold Medal with in 2006—should be on the mind of every Ranger fan.
Not Drury and Callahan.
Of course losing any player is an obstacle that a team needs to overcome, but losing Drury or Callahan would be peanuts compared to losing Henrik or Gaborik.
It's not like there isn't a warrant for concern either.
It's no secret that Gaborik's career has been plagued by injuries since he has begun playing in the NHL.
The closest he came to a full campaign was in 2003 when he played in 81 games. Since he began his career nine years ago, Gaborik has missed over 100 games due to some form of injury, 38 stemming from last season's hip surgery.
Losing Gaborik for any period of time would be devastating especially if that injury didn't come while wearing a Rangers jersey.
Lundqvist, on the other hand, was not the same person after he returned from his Gold Medal performance in 2006.
Prior to the Games, Lundqvist was a superb 25-7-6, backstopping the Rangers to a very surprising season.
After he returned from Torino, Lundqvist only won five of his last 13 games, and allowed 12 goals in three games against the New Jersey Devils, as the Rangers were swept in the first round of the playoffs.
I will most likely watch every Team USA game during the Games, and I hope Drury, Callahan, and the rest of the young American team does well. But I will also be watching EVERY Team Slovakia and Team Sweden game, nervously, on the edge of my seat.
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