As I’m sure everyone already knows, the New York Rangers have yet to re-sign soon to be free agents Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi. As I’m also sure everyone knows, the season is more than halfway over.
NOTE: I am not getting into a long drawn out piece on how much Callahan and Girardi deserve in their upcoming contracts, just a short bit on what I feel they don’t deserve.
I’ll say this, both of these players are part of the core of the Rangers roster who need to stay in New York City if the Rangers have ANY hopes of winning the Stanley Cup. That being said, I think Callahan and Girardi need a strong dose of reality. I love them as players and I love what they bring to the team, but if Callahan is legitimately asking for 42 million dollars over the next SEVEN seasons well then I wish him all the best and if it was up to me I’d kindly show him the door. Callahan is one of if not the best penalty killer on the team and besides that is the team’s captain, but six million a year? No thank you. Girardi is a similar situation, while the rumors put Callahan at asking for six million, the rumors put Girardi at asking for five million. I understand Girardi will have to be slightly overpaid because he’s a veteran right-handed defensive defense man, something that many teams would over pay for. However, do I think he deserves five million of our extremely tight cap space? No.
Here’s another food for thought item, they both have said that they would like to stay in New York, and it’s possible that’s because they see Lord Stanley coming to Manhattan at least once before the Henrik Lundqvist era is over, but if they really did want to be here wouldn’t they take a discount? Would they really ask for such outrageous amounts of money knowing that the Rangers desperately need it to improve elsewhere? If they did want to re-sign, why haven’t they? Why are the negotiations with these two players not making any progress? Just some food for thought.