At last week’s NHL trade deadline, the New York Rangers traded captain Ryan Callahan to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Martin St. Louis after failing to come to an agreement on a contract extension prior to the 3pm deadline.
Speaking with New York’s WFAN on Wednesday, Callahan admitted that while he knew a deal was possible, he didn’t think it was going to happen; he had hoped to remain in the city he’s called home since becoming a professional.
Yeah, I wanted to stay there. I thought I was going to. The whole time in my head I never thought about getting traded or leaving at free agency time,” Callahan told WFAN. “My goal was to get something done with New York. Unfortunately, it’s the part of the business that’s not fun.”
Callahan is an unrestricted free agent this summer which means he could always just go back and re-sign the Rangers after the season hands. However, with a reported asking price north of $6 million per season, the likelihood of the Rangers budging on their stance is pretty slim.