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Video: Was trading Callahan worth it for New York?

Apr 10, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

In the latest installment of the Edward Jones Facetime initiative, former NHL goalie Kevin Weekes fielded a number of questions, including a good one about the team he used to play for — the New York Rangers. Was trading away captain Ryan Callahan for Martin St. Louis worth it for the Blueshirts?

Weekes also talked about which goalies need to step it up in order for their teams to fare well down the stretch:

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  1. pfhockey - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    As a Tampa fan, Yes. You were right NYR fans. I think Stevie is a genius, two high picks and Cally for a player who may retire after next season sounds great.

    • billiam55 - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      dont u only get a 1st rounder if we advance to conference finals? thats not going to happen though.

      • withseidelinn - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:01 PM

        One is guaranteed, the other is contingent on NYR reaching conference finals.

      • pfhockey - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:04 PM

        No we got a 2015 1st round, 2014 2nd rounder(conditional, becomes first of NYR reach ECF), and of course Cally.

    • c9castine - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:13 PM

      theres value in the fact that he is signed for another year, and is a much more accomplished offensive player going to a team that needs it. people doubt him every year and yet he keeps playing like on of the best. hes the defending scoring champion.

      callahan is asking and expecting a salary way above his head. he may not even resign in tampa and it will leave them with nothing but some maybes. not to mention on a true contender hes a good 3rd line center.

      • pfhockey - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:27 PM

        WTF? Callahan is a winger. I don’t even think you’ve watched him play on the Bolts yet, he’s put up numbers twice as good as MSL, and playing a bigger role at D while at it. Not to mention we have the cap space for him and more, players like Malone and Purcell (earn 4+ mil each) probably won’t be on the team for too much longer. and 2 high picks and a versatile leader is much better IMO over an extended rental player. BTW, His #1 motive for only going to Ne york isn’t because they’re a contender or he likes them, it’s because of his family and watching his kids play. He’s a strong family man, and if his play declines noticeably next year, I may see him either playing one more year or retiring. Not saying New York had no other factors for him being there. His family lives in CT btw.I don’t know what you mean by true contender either. Not all contenders are built the same. This team is loaded with potential, just needs more seasoning probably. Not to mention players like Koekkoek, Drouin, and Kucherov may be the next breakout players for the lightning. Hedman is so underrated as a Norris contender too. Should be a top3 candidate IMO. He has one of the highest if not teh highest pp/60 TOI on ES out of any defenseman. has 6 assists on the PK, and half of his goals are at least clutch, tying the game or taking the lead.

      • c9castine - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:32 PM

        lol yeah thats not the first time i called him a center. i know hes not i dont know why i keep thinking that though.

        i know why st. louis wanted to go there.

        ive watched him play.

        doesnt matter how you dice it hes not worth what he wants. period. a career high of 54 points and a career +1, you really cant justify matching his contract with patrice bergeron’s or jonathon toews, which is who he thinks he is and why he is asking for that amount.

        its why the trade was so smart for the rangers. because they knew there was no freakin way he was going to end up staying a ranger, because they werent even close on numbers.

        thats the issue under discussion, the analysis of the trade. tampa ONLY wins if callahan resigns, and for that matter at a decent number.

        i never said tampa bay wont be a contender. but you will have a hard time contending with a 35 pt player on your second line, unless hes the least offensive guy on the line and hes there for the right reasons. hes not a top 6 winger.

    • theblatche - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:02 AM

      pfhockey, Callahan may not resign with you and if he does, he’s asking for a lot more than he is worth, Yzerman is not a genious, Rangers just didnt really have a choice here, they wanted something back for him and they got it. St Louis is a lot better than Callahan and a low 1st round pick.
      But unless Rangers get to the ECF, you only get one 1st rounder in 2015 (most-likely betwen #20-28 overall) even if Callahan stays, Rangers still got more talent.

      • pfhockey - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:30 PM

        Yes. BUT, MSL only ha a couple of seasons left so enjoy. I’m sure we sure like that 1st rounder no matter what, our scouting team is great and we could possibly trade more high picks to either move up or to acquire a player. You guys get 2-3 years of production and we get two solid/good prospects and a great role player. Best case scenario is that we sign Cally to a few years even if the cost of his contract runs near 7 mil. We have a young core and have plenty of room to work with the cap assuming that Bugsy may be gone, Purcell and Salo.Insert some E-level contracts with Koekkoek and Drouin, even with players like Vladdy, Kucherov, and Connolly developing their skills. I hope Adam Erne has some ryan callahan in him, they play similar. Kucherov was a 2nd rounder and Palat was a 6-7th rounder. I believe in our scouts.

  2. bleedrangerblue - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Who says Cally doesn’t sign somewhere else??

    • billiam55 - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:53 PM


      • bildomatic - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:07 AM

        Hi Ryan, this is Ted Nolan calling, just wanted to see if you’d be interested in playing for us next season, being our Captain and also here’s a key to the city…

      • theblatche - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:05 AM

        LOL or better yet, Callahan comes back to the Rangers this summer for cheap and we all laugh at Tampa bay

  3. billiam55 - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    right now its looking like tampa won this trade. however the rangers made the playoffs and have played pretty well since getting st louis so it hasnt destroyed them. his game has picked up since he was traded. if he can get back to being himself its a plus for rangers. i dont think we’re making it to far this year but if st louis stay with us, next season could be a fun one.

  4. pirovash88 - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    I doubt Callahan will go anywhere else, especially not with the crazy amount he was asking for to begin with. He’s done a good job so far in Tampa and i’m sure Yzerman will do what he can to keep him there.

  5. patthehockeyfan - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    “Was trading Callahan worth it for New York?”

    One word: no

    • mcphillthy - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:27 PM

      Damn it. I hate when I agree with pat…

      • patthehockeyfan - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:53 PM

        as do I :)

      • pfhockey - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:01 PM

        My name is Pat…

      • theblatche - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:06 AM

        For all we know, Callahan could resign with the Rangers this summer. God, I would find that so funny

  6. stakex - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    This is a question that can’t be answered until after the season. Lets see how the playoffs go, and then we can talk about if the trade was worth it and who the winner/loser is.

  7. President Charles Logan - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    if tampa or any other team for that matter winds up over paying a guy who cant play 60 games a year and cant score more then 15 goals these days then what does it look like?

  8. monsor - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Hate to tell you bolts fans, but Callahan is signing with Buffalo and they are giving him the C there. Sucks for us Rangers fans, but great for hockey. The prodigal son returns.

    • President Charles Logan - Apr 11, 2014 at 1:44 AM

      lol so basically he signs in the armpit of the north eastern united states and stands to be a part of a losing franchise for the next 6-7 years ?… ok gotcha

  9. arrow43050 - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Now is the most ridiculous time to assess this trade. All it does is to see who is great at predicting the past, comparing what the players have already done since the trade, but before the playoffs have even started. You assess this trade, or any like it, at the end of playoffs and after the rosters are set for the start of next season because the goal of any trade is to either do better this season or to set yourself up better for next season and the future. If either team wins the Stanley Cup and how much room they have under the salary cap and thus what players make up their teams next year will determine the relative success.

  10. madsqgrdn - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    well when they made the trade they were one point away from being in danger of missing the playoffs.. now they are playing for home field advantage for the first series so ..YES.. the attention st louis gets makes the other players better.. Look at NYs offensive numbers since the trade…people are silly

  11. jasminedonut - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Cally come back to NY. They eventually agreed on numbers by the way, what lead to his trade was he asked for a NTC and Sather wouldn’t give him one. St. Louis hasn’t really looked all that good, and those picks are just too much for him.

  12. nashernation - Apr 10, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    I am as a big a Cally fan as there is but the Rangers made the right move. Callys contract demands would have hamstrung the team in this cap era. St Louis is starting to find his game and is clicking on the first line. It a weird way I think both teams got better with this trade.

  13. kastout11 - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    I thought it was a bad trade for the Rangers as soon as it was announced. Callahan is a better all around player that St. Louis and much younger. If TB reigns him, it was a good trade. If he walks, then depending who TB drafts, we will see who wins the trade. If I were the Rangers, I would not have made the trade straight up, let alone for 2 additional high draft picks.

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