In Ryan Callahan‘s first game for Team USA in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the United States beat Slovakia 7-1. In that game Callahan was on the third line, played less than 16 minutes and record only one shot on goal, with no goals or assists. In my opinion, this proves that Callahan is not worth the money he is seeking in a contract extension with the New York Rangers. Not even close.
If you do not know, Callahan, an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, has been reportedly seeking for a seven-year contract extension for the Rangers worth close to $7 million per season. A contract of that magnitude would give Callahan more money than John Tavares of the New York Islanders, who is arguably the second best player in the NHL.
Callahan is not even close to the player Tavares is. Callahan is a player who has more intangibles, killing penalties and blocking shots, than actual skill, goal scoring and assists. In my opinion, the Rangers would be absolutely crazy to give Callahan anywhere close to the money he wants because of his intangibles. Frankly, it is insane.
First line players get contracts like what Callahan wants, not second or third line gritty forwards like Callahan. His role with team USA speaks volumes even though it was only one game. Yes, Callahan is on an All-Star team with team USA, but if he wants a seven-year contract worth close to $7 million per season, then shouldn’t he be better than most of the players on the US Olympic team and be somewhere on the top two lines?
Callahan is just not an elite player and even though I would love for him to stay with the Rangers, captain of them or not, there is no way they can give him over $5.5 million over five seasons.