Last season at the trade deadline, Glen Sather dropped kind of a bomb on the New York Rangers and their fan base all by trading Marian Gaborik in that deal to Columbus. Now that he’s pretty much going to have to trade Ryan Callahan, even more change is coming to this team. This isn’t exactly great as the Rangers were doing a lot of winning before the Olympic break, and now Alain Vigneault has to do some lineup juggling.
This week, J.T. Miller was called up, and it’s Derek Dorsett who made a return to the line-up. Mats Zuccarello of course, was injured over the break and is expected to be out another week to two weeks. This situation already forces Alain Vigneault to change-up his roster, and that’s not taking Ryan Callahan. The extension of Dan Girardi has helped relax the situation to some extent..
I’d prefer Callahan realize what his actual value is and just sign, but I guess it can’t be that simple. The Rangers should absolutely not give Callahan anything near what his agent Steve Bartlett is asking. I don’t want to say the rest of Callahan’s career will be a disaster for whichever team he signs with, but he’s going to have a hard time playing to his contract wherever he goes.
When it comes to Dan Girardi, I’m much less skeptical over his new contract. He agreed to reasonable terms, and his skills won’t really fall off a cliff one season. Also being a defenseman, I think he’ll be able to play at a high level for longer. Not to mention his skills won’t seemingly disappear over night like has happened with some forwards who sign big money contracts. Defenseman I think are always less of a risk to sign.
Where does all of this leave us? Who knows. A trade can happen tomorrow, a trade can happen March 5th. For all of us fans there’s really nothing we can do about any of this. We are just going to have to live life and whomever the Rangers end up trading, that’s it. We haven’t seen the business end of hockey effect the Rangers in quite a while, but it’s about to rear its ugly head. It’s unfortunate we might lose one of our homegrown players, but you just gotta hope we get some value back in return. A “sideways” trade of Callahan for someone younger, smaller cap hit, and some potential would make me happy as long as that player can be plugged into the lineup straightaway.
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