With all the recent news of a possible trade between the New York Rangers and multiple partners, specifically the Tampa Bay Lightning, citing the key Rangers piece that’s being given up being Ryan Callahan, I’ve decided to list the reasons why Callahan should be traded.
The first, and most important reason is unsurprisingly about money, Ryan Callahan is simply going to cost the Rangers too much money. According to multiple reports, Callahan is looking for a seven-year deal, making seven million dollars per year. General manager Glen Sather has continued to try to get Callahan to lower his asking price and the offer has yet to budge. Now, I am fully aware that the salary cap is going up from 64 million to 71 million, which would be just enough for Callahan’s increase but it would be ridiculous to use that increase solely on Callahan.
Secondly, regardless of what some people may think, he’s very replaceable. To put it plainly, Callahan is a third line winger who is receiving second line minutes, and is good at blocking shots and playing the penalty kill. There are plenty of other VERY GOOD penalty killers on the Rangers roster ie: Carl Hagelin, Brian Boyle, Derek Dorsett. There are also plenty of other players on the roster who block shots, ie: Dan Girardi, Brian Boyle, Kevin Klein.
Last but not least, he simply is not worth the money he’s asking. He’s asking for too much and with only 24 points in 42 games this season is not worth the money. Callahan can be traded for a player who can actually put up a consistent offense, which is something the Rangers are looking for as their playoff hunt continues. To make another point, Callahan has missed 17 games this season, and that is a common thing to happen. Callahan is very injury prone and that has to be taken into account.
One thing I didn’t mention was that Callahan is the captain of the Rangers. He is a very good captain, and has proven to be so from the first day the ‘C’ was bestowed upon him. That being said, there are other leaders on the Rangers roster that can replace Callahan is captain, Ryan McDonagh and Rick Nash are the two names that standout the most when thinking about that.
While I like Callahan, if he isn’t going to come down from his outrageous contract demands, it’s time we saw his career in Rangers blue end and make room for someone who can replace him.