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Callahan shakes off trade talk: ‘My heart’s here’

Jan 31, 2014, 10:23 PM EDT

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Despite all the distractions, Ryan Callahan played well for the New York Rangers in their 4-1 win against the New York Islanders on Friday. After the win, he made it clear that he’s as engaged in his (current?) team as ever.

He doesn’t seem particularly engaged with the latest rumors, either.

“My heart’s here,” Callahan said, according to ESPN’s Katie Strang.

The Bergen Record’s Andrew Gross reports that Callahan, 28, said he wasn’t aware that the Rangers granted various teams permission to speak with his agent about a hypothetical contract.

In the meantime, Callahan’s teammates and coach have provided effusive praise. Alain Vigneault called himself a big fan of the Rangers captain and hopes an extension can be reached. Marc Staal and others rave about his leadership.

Still, the Rangers face a challenge to retain that obviously popular player, especially if his reported asking price is accurate.

However Callahan or his teammates feel about the situation, it could be a rollercoaster until the Olympic break (and possibly the real trade deadline after that).

  1. charlieconway96 - Jan 31, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    While Callahan is one of my favorite players in the league, for his style of play and leadership, I don’t think he’s worth the money he’s asking for.

  2. nicknyhc - Jan 31, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Glen Sather better not trade Callahan away.

    The guy has been the heart and soul of the Rangers for the better part of a decade. If he wants 6 million (or whatever it is) you give it to him, especially with the salary cap going up. I understand he’s not an offensive powerhouse, but there aren’t very many players in the league that are better two-way forwards.

    You need a big goal? Callahan steps up.

    You need someone to block a shot? Callahan steps up.

    You need the occasional “lets get things going” fight? Callahan steps up.

    Someone explain to me why Richards commends a larger salary than the captain?

    Sather is gonna pull a Mark-Messier-to-Vancouver move. Maybe Sather needs to go!

    • joey4id - Feb 1, 2014 at 8:42 AM

      Where was Sather when the greatest player ever to have played in the NHL was traded? You think trading Callahan will be difficult for Sather?

      • 19wasthebest - Feb 1, 2014 at 11:18 AM

        Gretzky was not TRADED, he was sold by the owner of the Oilers. You all that say he was traded need a history lesson. Their is a difference. Sather had no say what so ever in the deal that sent 99 to LA.

      • joey4id - Feb 1, 2014 at 11:25 AM

        hahahahaha! 😅

        Gretzky by the numbers before, after ‘The Trade’


      • joey4id - Feb 1, 2014 at 10:44 PM

        19wasthebest, how old are you kid? You might want to learn a bit of hockey history. n August 9, 1988, in a move that heralded significant change in the NHL, the Oilers traded Gretzky, along with McSorley and Krushelnyski, to the Kings for Carson, Martin Gelinas, $15 million in cash, and the Kings’ first-round draft picks in 1989 (later traded to the New Jersey Devils – New Jersey selected Jason Miller), 1991 (Martin Rucinsky), and 1993 (Nick Stajduhar). “The Trade”, as it came to be known,

      • joey4id - Feb 1, 2014 at 11:30 AM

        BTW, I had no say when the CEO of the company I worked for decided to sell off half the company. But! I was there, and saw the whole thing go down. That in itself gave me a lot of insight into how to handle the same situation in the future.

    • nicknyhc - Feb 1, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      Gretzky let Edmonton because it was beneficial to both the Oilers and the Kings.

      I’m not saying that Callahan is as good as Gretzky. I’m saying it wouldn’t be beneficial to the Rangers to trade him.

      You don’t trade a solid captain in the middle of the season who has been with you for years, especially when you’re a contender this year.

      • joey4id - Feb 1, 2014 at 2:17 PM

        Past! Just between you and I. GMs make a trade because each think its beneficial to their respective team. :-))

      • nicknyhc - Feb 1, 2014 at 5:31 PM

        I know that. But I have to question Sather’s judgement if he makes this Callahan/Stuart deal.

  3. stepanup - Jan 31, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Callahan’s my favorite Ranger, so this really bothers me. I want him to be a NYR forever, I think he belongs in New York. But, if someone is willing to pay his contract demands, I think that someone should not be the Rangers. So long as he’s here I know he’ll give his best, and he’s the kind of player who will give everything to help his team win. And I dont think the Rangers can spare players like this.

    Dare I say the media might be making a bigger deal of the speculation than it should? Looking at you, O’Brien. The Rangers are in contention and playing outstanding hockey. Callahan is a key component of that. Trading him would only hurt this year.

  4. stekaz - Feb 1, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    According to the NY Post, Rangers offered $30M for 5 years and Callahan wants $42 for 7. So. they’ve already agreed on 6M for an annual salary. I wonder where the compromise could be…. hmmm…. I wonder.

  5. boricua23 - Feb 1, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    People please Callahan isn’t a superstar, if a good deal can be made do it. Heart and soul don’t win championship. If Mark Messier and Wayne Grezky (sic) got traded.Why you guys think that Callahan can’t be traded.

  6. pone27 - Feb 1, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Why do you joey4id and Boricua try to compare Callahan being moved to Gretzky?

    Just because any player gets traded, makes no comparison to any others. To contradict your point, why didn’t Steve Yzerman ever get traded?

    Back to the topic, Callahan asking for 6 is obviously way too high, and I am sure he himself, and his agent know that too. Callahan will not fetch that money on the market

    He may get a low 5, but IMO, his contractual value right now suits him perfectly. Puts up very solid offensive numbers, plays a good defensive game, and has strong leadership qualities. If he was kicking up into the 70-80 point range, he may have a case, but its not.

    • joey4id - Feb 1, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      To answer your question; you don’t trade Callahan because Gretzky and Messier were traded. You trade players like Gretzky and Messier if you believe it will benefit your team at that particular time. Which, BTW, could be why Yzerman was not traded, and I would hope you know enough about hockey not to compare the awesomely talented Yzerman to the blue collar Callahan.

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