I’ve kept silent while all the speculation was going on. Now that the situation has been resolved, I can only say that I feel sorry for Ryan Callahan.
I say sorry because I do not think any team will pay Ryan the money Glen Sather was willing to give him. I also do not think he will get the terms he was demanding. What GM in their right mind is going to give a marginal second line player a full no movement clause? Garth Snow?
Ryan Callahan will go down in Ranger history as one of their best captains. He lead by example. He blocked shots. He hit anything that moved. He sacrificed his body. He was a warrior. He was not a prolific goal scorer.
It will be interesting to see what happens in July when he becomes an unrestricted free agent. Now that he is a man without a country, so to speak, he should go to the highest bidder.
It’s sad to think that Callahan might find himself on some backwater NHL team. He’s left his home, his friends and fans on Broadway seeking a contract that he probably will not get.
The fact the fans are not calling for Sather to be tarred and feather should be an indication to Callahan that he was pricing himself off the Rangers. Callahan shouldn’t have played chicken with OverLord Sather.
I blame the damn agents that fill players heads with grandiose ideas. They do their clients a disservice.
Sather doesn’t come out of this unscathed. In my opinion he gave up to much to get St. Louis. He should have gotten St Louis for Callahan straight up.
I applaud Glen having a “win now” philosophy. But a first and a second round draft pick is too high a price.
If the Rangers make it to the conference final with St. Louis, this trade will just be worth it. If they don’t, at least there will be money left under the Cap in July to add another piece to the puzzle.
Ryan Callahan could come back in July but it will be for a lot less money and worse terms then those he just passed up. He would lose face. He would have to swallow his pride.
Pride goes before a fall.