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Callahan suits up for Rangers as trade rumors swirl

Jan 31, 2014, 7:28 PM EDT

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There are all sorts of rumors buzzing around about the New York Rangers trading captain and pending free agent Ryan Callahan, but he’s playing against the New York Islanders on Friday.

PHT already discussed the Rangers’ interest in St. Louis Blues winger Chris Stewart, which would constitute at least one potential trade partner. Frequent Rangers trade partner the Columbus Blue Jackets are also sniffing around about Callahan, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

Backing up an earlier report from TSN’s Darren Dreger that indicated the Rangers granted permission for one team to speak with Callahan’s agent, Sportsnet’s John Shannon reports that multiple teams have now been given the opportunity.

As with many trades both big and small, a lot can change, and some of this could very well be tactical. LeBrun reports that the Rangers view dealing Callahan as a “Plan B” and might even be leaking rumors to try to talk him down from his current contract demands.

So, in other words, a lot remains up in the air. If nothing else, he’ll play for the Rangers for one more night.

Unless he’s traded and sent away in a cab mid-game, Montreal-style, that is.

  1. cruuuzcontrol - Jan 31, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Sather is going nuclear on this one. I hope this is his idea of a grand bluff because I will be awfully sad if they part ways with Callahan.

    • joey4id - Jan 31, 2014 at 8:34 PM

      the greatest player ever was traded. big deal if they trade callahan.

      • hazlydose - Feb 1, 2014 at 11:57 AM

        I wouldn’t even call that a trade. Gretzky was sold.

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

        hazlydose, 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,

      • hazlydose - Feb 2, 2014 at 1:22 AM

        According to Walter, Wayne was being “shopped” to Los Angeles, Detroit, and Vancouver, and Pocklington needed money as his other business ventures were not doing well.
        It was more about monetary gain than anything. You can call it a “trade” all you want, but he was sold to LA. There’s a reason you can’t use cash in trades anymore…

      • joey4id - Feb 2, 2014 at 6:20 AM

        The NHL and the world of hockey is calling it “The Trade”. So it’s not about what I call it. Shopping a player is what every team does when they want to trade a player, and there was an exchange of players in this deal along with financial compensation. So, you can call it whatever you want, but it was,,is and will always be a trade. Matter of fact it is “The Trade”.

    • 19to77 - Jan 31, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      In fairness, if the rumours about Callahan’s contract demands are accurate, he’s wildly overvaluing himself. $6 million a season over 7 years? For a routinely injured forward with a career-high 54 points? The man’s out of his mind if he thinks he’s worth that kind of term, especially with his routine stints on the injured reserve.

      • withseidelinn - Jan 31, 2014 at 9:41 PM

        Thank you for seeing it clearly. He’s asking to be paid like guys that put up 80-90 points annually. Not gonna happen. Sather would be smart to trade him at this point

      • geejon - Jan 31, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        Callahan’s (or his agent’s) asking price is not outrageous. Look at the contracts Clarkson got in Toronto and Clowe got in NJ … and Clowe was a guy who got traded late in the year to NY having scored ZERO goals, and then proceeded to get knocked out of the playoffs with yet another concussion. This is what the market is for physical, solid 2-way players barely 30 y/o.

        That having been said, I agree that someone else should be the one to give Callahan that contract. While that may be the market, it’s a foolish market. Let someone else be the fool (just like Toronto and NJ feel foolish today for those signings). He’s been great for NY but he’s already played his best hockey. Were there no salary cap, you can give him that deal and keep him around but in the zero-sum game that comes with a hard cap, his deal removes available money for someone else and his play won’t justify the contract going forward in his career.

  2. nyeagles10 - Jan 31, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    if you trade him you better get gabby back. he would fit in perfect with AVs system

    • stakex - Feb 1, 2014 at 12:26 AM

      FFS no!

      Not only is Gaborik having issues staying healthy (shocker), but he’s hardly lighting it up in Columbus when he manages to remain healthy enough to play. Besides, he was one of the most frustrating players I’ve ever watched. He would have a great 10-12 games, and then you would forget he was on the team for weeks at a time. The Rangers are finally showing some consistency…. the last thing they need to do is bring back on the streakiest players in modern NHL history.

  3. imgoingtowichita - Jan 31, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Well put Joey

  4. 950003cups - Jan 31, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Rangers need to hold on to Callahan. But NOT at any price.

  5. stepanup - Jan 31, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    This really saddens me as Callahan has been my favorite Ranger since he came into the picture. Fact of the matter though is he’s not a $6M player, especially for 7 years. He’s a 50-55 point heart and soul guy and a perfect captain. However in a salary cap league I just dont see him worth a Clarkson contract right now. It kills me to say it, and I’d hate to see him moved, but his long term future is probably not with the Rangers. That said, I would be OK with him being on the team this season and losing him as an RFA free and clear. He’s earned that.

    • stepanup - Jan 31, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      If he can get the contract he wants, he’s earned it.

  6. stakex - Feb 1, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    It would be a sad day to see Callahan traded, it really would. However, I would rather see him traded than given a monster contract that more than likely would end up on a Glen Sather lowlight reel one day.

    Besides, despite all the good things he does on the ice, I seriously question the actual impact his departure would have on the team. His production is down quite a bit this season, and he’s been reduced to a 3rd line role. The Rangers might miss his grit and toughness, but this isn’t Tort’s team anymore…. and the true need for a guy like Callahan just isn’t there.

    With that said, I wouldn’t be shocked if this turned out to be more of a negotiation tactic than anything else.

  7. patshal - Feb 1, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    They are making a big mistake if they don’t sign Callahan.

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