Fans have not had much to cheer about this season when it comes to New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan, as he has battled injuries and missed more than a month of action this season already. But undoubtedly fans were cheering recently after Callahan came out and stated that he did not know of any trade talks and that he expects to be a Ranger for the rest of this season and the seasons to come.
Talks of Callahan being traded to the St. Louis Blues for Chris Stewart have been reported lately and have infuriated some fans at the thought of losing the captain. While Callahan has not been lighting it up this season like past seasons because of injuries, he provides something much more important to the Rangers as their leader. Callahan brings a work ethic that is unmatched throughout the entire NHL, something the Rangers need to continue in order to have success. The moral boost that Callahan brings to the Rangers provides them the spark they need to win games. Without Callahan, the Rangers would be missing a leader that can inspire the team and get them in the mindset to win games.
Callahan is a player that the Rangers cannot trade away without suffering in the standings. Without their leader, the Rangers will be lacking in heart, something that is crucial to the success of a team. There are only a few players that could replace the Rangers captain; Callahan is part of an elite group of leaders in the NHL that are indispensable, like Johnathan Toews and Sidney Crosby. If GM Glen Sather decides to trade away Callahan, it will go down as another one of the bad decisions that the Rangers’ GM has made during his career.
On the bright side, it does not seem like Callahan is willing to be traded. When asked about the rumors, Callahan responded, “I didn’t hear about it. My heart’s here. I want to be here. That’s all I worry about on the ice.”
If the Rangers trade away Callahan, arguable their most important and valuable player, they better make sure they get someone who can fill the immense void that Callahan will leave behind. As a fan favorite and player favorite, losing Callahan would be a gigantic blow to the Rangers as a team, and to their fans.
Sather should seriously consider the repercussions that would ensue if the Rangers lost Callahan, and be mindful of the fact that the Rangers need their captain if they want any chance of winning the Stanley Cup in the near future.