It’s a question that many fans have asked, but it’s also a question they can’t answer because of a new NHL rule: Teams can’t keep their best players on the ice during the playoffs.
“I think it will be a little bit tricky,” said former New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan, who is currently the captain of the Chicago Blackhawks.
“When you have a team like the New York Islanders and the Florida Panthers, who are not as successful as some teams that are, but they are going to be good enough to win.
I don’t know how that will work out, but I think it’s a pretty good idea to keep some of your best players out of the playoffs.”
The new rule, which took effect on Wednesday, means that teams can’t bring back any players who played in fewer than 30 games in the previous season, regardless of what they scored, shot or had on the scoresheet.
“There are a lot of ways to win, and you can’t just play them all and expect to win,” Callahan said.
I think the reason it’s going to come down to the goalie and the other guys, I don�t know if it’s just the goalies or the players on your team, but you have the goaltenders and the goalie coach and the guys that have played with you in the past, you can try to bring those guys back and see what kind of chemistry they have with your team. “
But you have to keep a couple of them on the team.
Callahan’s Rangers were the only team in the NHL to have a goaltender on the same team as their captain when he played in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. “
You want to get the goalie that you want, but if it�s a tough decision, if you want to keep your guy, it might be best to keep him.”
Callahan’s Rangers were the only team in the NHL to have a goaltender on the same team as their captain when he played in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
That was Jonathan Quick.
Now, he has the chance to lead his Rangers to another title and possibly a second consecutive championship.
“The goal of a good goalie is to be a great one, but there’s no one that is better than the best,” said Callahan.
“So I think that’s why it’s tough for some teams.
It�s going to have to be hard for a team that can win.”
The NHL says it will continue to adjust the rules for next season to make sure that teams don�ts end up playing two goaltenders in a game.
“We’ll be doing a lot more of that,” NHL spokesman Eric Stephens said.
The rule changes will likely come into effect next season, with the league taking a closer look at the playoff format and the number of teams participating in the tournament.
“Obviously, it�ll be tough to make any adjustments on the playoffs because it is a really tough competition,” Callah said.