It is not every day that you have to trade, or want to trade, your team’s captain, but the situation between the New York Rangers and Ryan Callahan proves that it can and certainly should happen.
I am a diehard Rangers fan who owns a Callahan Winter Classic jersey, and even I am fully on the side of Rangers GM Glen Sather on trading Callahan. Whether you love Callahan or not, everyone must understand why at this point Callahan had to be traded. Callahan and his agent are not willing to go lower than a seven-year deal worth $7 million per season, and they even had the audacity to say they think their suggested offer is giving the Rangers a discount.
Are you serious?
Yes, Callahan is as hard a worker as any NHL player and then some, however, he has been very injury-prone these past few seasons and just does not produce enough to warrant a $3 million raise and a long-term deal. It is time for the Rangers and Callahan to move on and cut ties. Whether the Rangers get Marty St. Louis or anyone else for Callahan, he must be traded before the Mar. 5 trade deadline or he walks for nothing.
Fans must understand that even with the possibility of the salary cap going up next season, that much money and that many years invested in a player like Callahan, captain or not, is not worth it and would handicap the Rangers financially. Intangibles alone do not equal that type of contract. I mean if Callahan gets the deal he wants he would be making more money than some of the NHL’s elite stars like Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and John Tavares — all of whom are way better players then Callahan will ever be.
I like Callahan as much as the next fan, but it is officially time to turn the page and trade him as soon as possible.