Ever since the Olympic roster freeze ended earlier this week, the trade talk surrounding multiple players for the New York Rangers have been non-stop. None of whom more talked about than Rangers captain Ryan Callahan and defenseman Dan Girardi.
Both Callahan and Girardi are unrestricted free agents at the end of this season and with the trade deadline less than a week away on March 5, Rangers GM Glen Sather has made it quite clear time and time again that if no contract extension can be reached by the time of the deadline, then both Callahan and Girardi will be traded.
With Callahan and Girardi’s futures both unknown at this point in time, you can just imagine all the nerves and anxiety those two are going through. I mean with all of these trade rumors even the fans have been having panic attacks. However, both stayed focus and blocked out all of the outside distractions that they cannot control and played very solid games against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, at home, in New York City at Madison Square Garden.
While Callahan and Girardi recorded zero points each against the Blackhawks, both had very good defensive games and came up huge on the penalty kill, which went 3-3 against an absolutely deadly Blackhawks’ offense.
No matter the rumors, Callahan and Girardi are both professionals who realize each and every game is so important for the Rangers. They showed last night that they will continue to fight for the Rangers organization for as long as they are here, whether this was their last game with the Rangers or not.