For about a month now there has been heavy talk about our captain, Ryan Callahan, staying a New York Ranger. During the current season, Callahan has been hurt a few times and he may need to reassess his demands for time and money on his contract. Is it truly a positive move for team morale to trade the player that is supposed to be the biggest motivator?
Now, more specifically the rumor mill has churned out the possibility of a trade to be Ryan Callahan for Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning. St. Louis has impressive numbers, to say the least, is it worth it to trade our 28-year-old captain for a 38-year-old player? Although, I have mentioned that St. Louis has remarkable numbers from this year , and previous years, I haven’t watched him enough to comment on what type of player he is and how exactly he plays. What I do know is how Callahan plays.
You can tell every time Callahan hits the ice he plays with his heart and he plays to make his fans proud; not to mention his teammates and coaches. He is a huge asset to the penalty kill and is a big reason as to why it is so good. Mark Messier always said, “good things happen when you get in front of the net” and Callahan is not afraid to get there and to make a play happen; especially on the power play. He is fearless when it comes to sacrificing his body, whether he’s checking someone or laying himself on the ice to block a shot. Bottom line, Callahan is a gritty, hard-working player. Should that be overlooked and put on the chopping block to be traded?
Personally, I don’t think so. I think to dismantle a team that is in second place in their conference, who have finally gotten coach Alain Vigneault’s system down, and have such great chemistry is thoughtless; to put it politely. While I understand this, as a fan, am speaking from a truly emotional side and not a business mind; I think Glen Sather really needs to rethink his proposals and to rethink them quickly.