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What trade rumors? Callahan scores twice, Rangers beat Avs 5-1

Feb 4, 2014, 10:08 PM EDT

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Ryan Callahan has heard nothing but trade rumor talk the past couple days. Tonight he played like a guy who had a little extra motivation.

Callahan scored two first-period goals and added an assist on Brad Richards‘ third period goal to give the New York Rangers a 5-1 win against the Colorado Avalanche. Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves to help keep some of his own critics quiet as well.

The win was the fourth in a row for the Rangers and after the rumor-filled time Callahan has had of late, his performance won’t do anything to cool off the narratives. After all, you could say his big game came at a time when he’s trying to help make the case for a huge extension or to help grease the wheels for a blockbuster trade ahead of the Olympic roster freeze.

Regardless of all that, it should help make the talk surrounding him before the Olympics only get that much louder.

  1. nyrnashty - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    I love Callahan, but if the rumors are true we must trade him. This is a cap era and you can’t tie up all your money in a few players and win a cup. He scored his 10th and 11th of the season tonight. He brings other assets to the team,but at the end of the day he’s similar to B.Morrow, you don’t offer that much money to keep a player like that.

  2. stakex - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Still not worth $7 million a year, or even $6 million… depending on what rumor you listen to.

  3. nyrnashty - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Morrow is like a 4.1 cap hit according to CapGeek him and Callahan are basically the same player, so Callahan has to accept that or leave. They both bring same amount of scoring and intangibles to their lineups. Look at the model team Chicago they peace out guys like Andrew Ladd and Big Buff and others and it doesn’t even dent their armor they just win another cup without them and still set up for years to come.

    • jernster21 - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:03 PM

      To be fair to Callahan, Morrow is only on a one year deal and in the latter stages of his career – Callahan still has some years left. He’s not worth what he’s asking for, but Morrow isn’t a completely accurate comparison.

  4. nyeagles10 - Feb 5, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    keep scoring it will just help trade you faster.

  5. multiplemiggs - Feb 5, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    congrats you made it to 10 goals woopty doo. Hope you net the Rangers a nice 4th rounder at best!

  6. 7mantel - Feb 5, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Best game the NYR’s have played in a long time ! They were on their game with and without the puck .

  7. deeznutz3d - Feb 5, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Contract talks and Callahan is playing better? what a coincidence…..

  8. crazemastercraze - Feb 5, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Last nights game matters not. What he’s asking for is ridiculous. He’ll be traded

  9. DED - Feb 5, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    2 goals, 1 assist. Tangible enough for ya?

    • cofran2004 - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:29 PM

      In one game. I hope we resign him too (not for 7 mil a year for 7 years). But that only puts him at 11 goals. Intangibles and tangibles aside… he’s a 50 point per year player. A nice piece for sure, but not for a cap hit like that.

      I really hope he comes down from his demands, and that he’s just haggling. If not, bring in stewart. Same guy, younger, and cheaper.

  10. nashernation - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Sign Cally… Richards will be amnestied next year. He has been playing well but will free up some much needed cap room. Have to sign the captain. Lock up Girardi and Cally and amnesty Richads.

    • barkar942 - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      I tend to agree with you. Richards has redeemed himself from last season’s poor performance. Take the smaller hit, move him out and make room to keep Cally, Girardi, Zucc. Personally, I think that they could keep just about everyone they have right now if the cap goes to 71 million and amnesty Richards. I personally don’t see any other choice unless they let Cally or Girardi go, and I think that would be a mistake.
      Guys like Boyle, Pouliot, Zucc, Dom Moore, Carcillo, and Stralman will all be targets for other teams in free agency if they want to go for the bigger bucks than what they might have to sign for to stay in NY.

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