New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan has told the media that his heart is in New York and that he does not want to leave the Rangers. He has said this because he is an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season and is currently working on a contract extension with Rangers GM Glen Sather. Unfortunately, I cannot help but think that Callahan is either full of himself or highly delusional.
Callahan, a very good player and captain, has been very injury-prone over the last couple of seasons and has seen his offensive production and minutes gone down. Yet, he is demanding a seven-year contract extension worth $6 million per season. Not only does he not deserve the number of the years he wants, but also does not deserve an almost $2 million raise from his current contract, which is worth a little over $4 million.
How can Callahan have the gall to say his heart is with the Rangers without giving the team a hometown discount to stay? Not only does Callahan need to wake up and lower his asking price, but he has to do this very quickly as Sather has said that he wants the Callahan situation settled before the Olympics starts, meaning the his future should be decided by next week.
Right now, it is not looking good for Callahan’s future with the Rangers; if he indeed is dealt and does not like the result, then he has no one to blame but himself.
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