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.
I do think Ryan Callahan will be traded, and I do think it's a mistake for the Rangers to trade him.
— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) February 28, 2014
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.