We don’t see a team int he playoff hunt trade away their captain very often, but Ryan Callahan is almost guaranteed to be dealt away from the New York Rangers before the March 5 trade deadline. This according to TSN’s insider, Darren Dreger.
As the Winter Games started up in Sochi, it became clear that the Blueshirts tried to trade Callahan to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Martin St. Louis, but nothing came of those discussions.
McKenzie on Martin St Louis rumours: Confirms that Rangers made an offer to Tampa but it won’t be a 1 for 1 deal for Ryan Callahan
— TSN Radio (@TSN1050Radio) February 24, 2014
Close but no cigar. That doesn’t mean that the Rangers are done trying to deal Callahan though, who is reportedly asking for more than $6.5 million a year on his next contract.
Ryan Callahan, on pace for his worst offensive season since 09-10, wants $6.5 to $7 million on his next deal. Career highs: 29g, 54p.
— Conor McKenna (@mckennaconor) February 4, 2014
Since Callahan won’t come down in his demands, the Rangers have little choice but to deal him to another contender. It seems almost certain that he’ll be shipped out of town within the next week or so, according to Dreger.
It’s reportedly “99 percent guaranteed” that the New York Rangers trade Ryan Callahan before the deadline. http://t.co/aTSebHyp2P
— theScore (@theScore) February 26, 2014
There’s still a little bit of time for the two sides to work out a deal, but unless Callahan backs off of his demands, he won’t be able to stay in New York.