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Ryan Callahan Named Rangers Captain, Unsurprisingly

NEW YORK - MARCH 22:  Ryan Callahan #24 of the New York Rangers skates against the Florida Panthers on March 22, 2011 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. Rangers defeated the Islanders 1-0.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

As expected — although perhaps a few days earlier than expected — the Rangers have named Ryan Callahan the 26th captain in franchise history. Callahan, as we've written before, deserves the C: He embodies the style of play John Tortorella demands of his team, and he's a homegrown player, to boot. (Not that Rangers fans need to be told this, but he's the first homegrown captain since Brian Leetch.) Marc Staal, who wore an A last year, and Brad Richards were named alternate captains. [Blueshirts Blog/NYDN]

Photo: Mike Stobe/Getty Images