Yesterday was a great day for the Ranger faithful, learning that fan-favorite Ryan Callahan signed a 3-year deal to avoid arbitration and lace em’ up for the next 3 seasons under the bright lights of Broadway. Some may point to the short length of the contract and make it a bone of contention. Sounds like the concession on the part of the Rangers was instead of trying to lock up Callahan for 5, maybe 6 years at a lower cap hit, they’re giving him 3 years to prove his worth and potentially cash in. If that’s the case, then I have no problem with that. Callahan has been a warrior for this team and certainly deserves a payday.
Join me after the jump for more on Callahan’s contract and the Rangers’ headlines for the day.
Rick “Carp” Carpinello gives you what the 2011-2012 Rangers will more or less look like and asks are you ok with the team? [Rangers Report]
For those pining for Wojtek Wolski to be bought out? Don’t hold your breath. [Arthur Staple's tweet]
Sean Leahy breaks down the Ryan Callahan signing. [Puck Daddy]
Assistant GM Jeff Gorton, an unsung star of this offseason, once again proved his worth in signing Callahan’s new deal. [NY Times]
What is Michael Del Zotto doesn’t rebound from his dreadful sophomore season? [Blue Seat Blogs]
Not only is Derek Stepan a beacon to the future, he’s also a very charitable young man. Kudos to the kid for setting up this NHL charity game. [S. Washington County Bulletin]
Now back to the Callahan signing…
Personally, it’s a great deal for both parties. Callahan will continue to be the face of their franchise and model player for John Tortorella’s style at a reasonable cap hit for a very easy-to-digest length of time. All signs point to Callahan becoming the next captain of the Rangers and, with all honestly, he should be the guy. Since day one with New York, Callahan has given his mind, body, and soul for the greater good of the team. If I were a player on the Rangers, I would have no problem taking direction from a character guy of that caliber.
For the Rangers, it’s a slam-dunk. They get a quality, young forward signed under THEIR terms. Not only did they avoid arbitration but also they signed Callahan without having to break the bank. The injury concerns may have played a part in the shorter length of the new deal as well (Callahan had 2 separate injuries last season). Despite only playing 60 games last season, Cally still managed to put up career highs in goals (23), assists (25) and points (48). With his production going up the past 2 seasons, its no secret Callahan is a vital cog in the Rangers’ blueprint.
I am of the opinion that, in conjunction with the Brad Richards’ signing, the next 3-4 seasons have become the “window of opportunity” for the Rangers. They satisfied 2 glaring holes with 1 signing and now are in a position to take a run – with their young core continually progressing – at a Stanley Cup. All of this, with Ryan Callahan potentially being the man to lead the way.
It’s a great time for the Rangers. Their core is signed, sealed, and ready to go for next season. It becomes step 1 in bringing a Stanley Cup back to New York.
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