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Callahan won’t talk trade rumors, teammate says it would be ‘tough’ to see him go

Feb 1, 2014, 6:43 PM EDT

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Ryan Callahan isn’t discussing the persisting trade rumors that are swirling around him and the New York Rangers.

“I’m not going to talk about that stuff now,” said Callahan, as per ESPN New York. “I don’t think it’s productive to the process, the negotiations or anything.”

On Friday, Callahan, the team’s captain, made his thoughts on the Rangers known, telling Katie Strang of ESPN New York that, “My heart’s here.”

The last update was that Callahan’s agent has permission to talk directly to other teams, which is only adding to the speculation about whether he’ll remain with the Rangers or be dealt to another club. He’s a pending unrestricted free agent, and hasn’t signed a contract extension with New York.

The roster freeze for the Olympics begins Feb. 7.

But while Callahan isn’t about to open up about trade talk, his teammates know it would be a big loss to the Rangers.

“I’m not saying I can call the shots,” Derek Stepan told the New York Daily News.

“I’m biased obviously, but considering what he means to this team, what he’s taught me and what he’s meant to my pro career, it would be very tough to see him go … The business side of this sport is difficult.”

  1. punksinplay - Feb 1, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    If he gets traded it’s going to be very painful for Ranger fans.

  2. djshnooks - Feb 1, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Come home to Westen NY, Cally!

    Buffalo can afford to give you whatever you want and make you the face of the franchise. You can work with two hall of famers in Patty Lafontaine and Craig Patrick. You can be the ambassador for USA Hockey and all that is about to take place with the HarborCenter, which is about to be USA Hockey headquarters.

    Most importantly…you can be home.

    • angrytwitterguy - Feb 1, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      If Sabre fans want the Sabres to keep being the Sabres, then by all means give Callahan want he wants. He will be a Sabres highest paid player, face of the franchise and that would just make me laugh, because it’s laughable….because no team if ever winning anything with Callahan as the face of the team and it’s highest paid player.

  3. lowenni - Feb 1, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Would be pretty surprised, and somewhat disappointed, if a player like Callahan didn’t take a hometown discount to stay in NY. Especially after saying that’s where his heart is. Not saying he has to come cheap, but if he’s asking a hefty $6 mil and the Rangers just can’t afford it…can’t he take a mil or a mil and a half off to stay where he loves and is loved?

    • stepanup - Feb 1, 2014 at 7:21 PM

      I get your point and I’m not dismissing it. But with his play style, he will be loved anywhere he plays.

      Trading Callahan this season has the potential to sabotage what is turning into an exciting season for Rangers fans.

  4. sportsfan69 - Feb 1, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    There comes a point in time, when a player prices themselves off a team that they love to play for. Cally is NOT worth 6 million dollars. Especially, 7 years with his small frame and history of injuries. Sometimes, you have to let a good player go, in oder to win the Cup and maintain a championship team. Overpaying for a fan favorite doesn’t win Cups. His style of play is really not conductive AV’s system, which is speed and skill. How about a compromise, 6 years 30 million dollars, with incentives.

    • ajg314 - Feb 2, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      Technically, it’s not a question of taking less annual money or not to remain a Ranger. Cally wants $6 million a year for 7 years. The Rangers have agreed to the annual $6 mil, but want to give Cally only a 5 year deal because of their concern with his frequent injuries this year. The compromise seems obvious to me. Give him the $6 mil for 6 years.

  5. sportsfan69 - Feb 1, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Captain Cally has to make a hard decision for himself and his teammates (like Dustin Brown for LA Kings). Take less money and years, for the honor to play for one of the most decorative hockey organizations in the world, the NY Rangers at Madison Square Gardens.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Feb 1, 2014 at 11:42 PM

      One Championship in 70+ years isn’t very decorated. If this team wasn’t in NYC, it would a nomadic expansion club.

  6. sportsfan69 - Feb 1, 2014 at 8:01 PM

  7. boricua23 - Feb 1, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Heart and soul don’t win championship!!!!! Callahan isn’t a 6 millions dollars player see his numbers.Superstar get traded and Callahan isn’t a superstar.So if they can get a good deal for him let him go!!!!!!

  8. cofran2004 - Feb 3, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    C’mon cally… 5 years is a long time. Just take the deal. Please.

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