Jan 8, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan (24) with the puck during the third period against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. New York won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Trade Rumors: Ryan Callahan’s Time With New York Rangers Likely Done

The news that the New York Rangers have re-signed defenseman Dan Girardi to a six-year deal worth $33 million dollars definitely has further implications on the New York Rangers. Sure they’re holding onto one of their best defenseman, but it is more than likely that this means their captain will be traded.

Ryan Callahan, like Girardi was, is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He has reportedly been asking for money and term comparable to the contract that David Clarkson signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs last off-season. The Rangers either don’t have the money, which is likely, or are unwilling to give that type of money to Callahan.

Dan Rosen, senior writer of  NHL.com, tweeted out his opinion of what will happen to Callahan.

He might think it’s a mistake, but I think it is now a foregone conclusion that Callahan will be traded. If they can get a good return for him, I don’t think it will be that much of a mistake. We’ve seen what happens when players of Callahan’s style sign for big money and it is usually not good.

Plenty of teams have seemed to be interested in Callahan but there has not been any real talk of a trade yet. I’m pretty sure that will change in the coming days. Do the Rangers want to risk losing Callahan for nothing? Even if they can’t get a great package for Callahan, which they won’t, it’s better to get something rather than nothing.

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  • RonfromLongIsland

    The Rangers are on a roll right now. They’re starting to look like Cup Contenders and Callahan is a huge part of that. I’d rather keep the core intact making a run at the Cup instead of upsetting the apple cart because of a contract dispute (unless you can markedly improve your team immediately).

    Callahan-for-St. Louis will not markedly improve the team. Maybe in the short-term, but in the long term, losing Callahan and getting a 38-year-old player in the twilight of his career is a bad move. It seems that there was more interest on Tampa Bay’s part than the Rangers.