Rumors have been circulating for the past month or so about the New York Rangers making some sort of big trade consisting of either captain Ryan Callahan or first pair defenseman Dan Girardi, who are both unrestricted free agents at the end of this season. Well, not to burst anyone’s bubble, but there is a much higher probability that both of them will stay with the Rangers, at least for the rest of this 2013-14 NHL season.
By now Rangers GM Glen Sather has received many offers from many different teams regarding Callahan and Girardi and it has been said that Sather did not think the Rangers were getting a fair return for those players in any trade he was being offered. I do not know why this would be a shock since no team would risk trading a lot for a player who could just be a rental, which I feel is the main reason why Callahan and Girardi will remain on the Rangers for at least the rest of this season.
Not only would the Rangers be getting ripped off in any trade consisting of either Callahan or Girardi, but I really do not think Sather wants either one of them to not be on the team next season. Proof of why I think this is the ultimatum he sent Callahan saying he wanted a deal done by the Friday before the Olympic break, and we are now over a week past that “deadline” and Callahan is currently still a member of the Rangers.
Another reason is because both players have been mainstays on the Rangers for close to a decade now and are great team players. They might not put up gaudy numbers, but the intangibles Callahan and Girardi bring to the Rangers are unmatched.
Now, intangibles alone are not worth $7 million per season over seven years like Callahan is currently seeking, but are worth more along the lines of what Girardi wants, which is a five-year deal at $5-6 million per season. While Callahan and Girardi both have not agreed to extensions yet with the Rangers, at least Girardi is a lot closer to the ballpark in what he is looking for.
In the end, since the Rangers put together a very good stretch of games leading into the Olympic break, I do not think Sather would risk hurting team chemistry by making a big trade at the deadline and instead keep negotiating with both.