No way; yes way. You read it right. New York Rangers GM Glen Sather is seriously listening to offers for team captain Ryan Callahan and steady right-handed defenseman Dan Girardi who are both unrestricted free agents after this 2013-14 NHL season.
But with those two players being mainstays for this Rangers’ franchise for almost a decade now, why would something like this even be considered? Why would you consider trading them instead of just re-signing them? This must be a joke or a ploy by Sather, right?
I do not think so.
The other day TSN reported that both Callahan and Girardi are looking for long-term deals at six or seven years worth about $6 million per season. These are the contracts elite players get, and even though both Callahan and Girardi have been very good character guys who contribute and lead by example, they pale in comparison to the elite goal scorers of the NHL.
Callahan is 28 years of age and Girardi is 29. But with Callahan’s injury history the past few seasons and Girardi’s production tailing off the past couple of seasons, giving them a long-term contract each will most definitely come back to bite the Rangers a couple of years down the road.
This season the Rangers have played a total of 55 games, and Callahan has only played in 38 of them with nine goals and 11 assists. Girardi, on the other hand, has played in all the team’s games so far this season but only has three goals and 12 assists. He has struggled defensively in new head coach Alain Vigneault‘s man to man defense mostly due to a lack of speed to stay with his man.
So the question is will the Rangers seriously deal Callahan or Girardi, and with everything being said my answer to you is yes — but not both. I believe one of them will be going, and that will most likely be Girardi. Callahan is the captain and heart of this Rangers’ team, and even though he tends to get injured a lot, when he plays he produces. The same cannot be said for Girardi over the past year and a half.
However, if both do not lower their original asking prices then neither will have any chance of being a Ranger next season or even at this year’s trade deadline.