The great states of N.Y. and N.J. aren’t exactly known as a breeding ground for star hockey players, though there are quite a few people who’d say differently.
Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said Ryan Callahan is a “fierce competitor and outstanding leader who fits very well with our team.”
The “Fire Sather” chants that were once commonplace have gone all but silent in recent years. Perhaps, Rangers fans are finally realizing that his successes far outweigh his blunders.
Alain Vigneault has admitted that Martin St. Louis is pressing. Not to worry. Once St. Louis gets comfortable, he will ignite the Rangers’ attack.
Speaking to WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Wednesday, Ryan Callahan said the hang-up between his agents and Rangers general manager Glen Sather seemed to hinge on just a few million dollars.
It was a move the Rangers had to make. Hockey royalty has arrived at Madison Square Garden in the form of ageless 38-year-old winger Martin St. Louis.
Ryan Callahan couldn’t find common ground on a new contract with the Rangers, and now he’s bound for Tampa Bay.
They made a flashy move by bringing in St. Louis, but the Rangers are not in a position to contend for the Stanley Cup this year.
Kevin Klein is hoping that Callahan remains in New York, but understands why his former OHL teammate is playing hardball with the Rangers on a new contract.
At this point it’s about both sides making concessions. As the clock ticks toward Wednesday’s 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline, the Rangers and captain Ryan Callahan at least appear to be interested in working something out.
What motivates Ryan Callahan more? Maximum dollars or the opportunity to remain an integral component of a Rangers team that has every chance of competing for the Stanley Cup in the present and coming years?
The Rangers’ next game is Wednesday against Toronto, hours after the NHL’s trading deadline — and whether Ryan Callahan is still with the team at that point is anyone’s guess.
If Dan Girardi is to remain a member of the Rangers beyond the March 5 trade deadline both sides need to get cracking.
Hockey legend Phil Esposito, who co-founded the Lightning and serves as the team’s radio analyst, unleashed a profanity-laced rant during an appearance this week on the uncensored online broadcast “Next Sport Star.”
Long before the clock strikes 3 p.m. on NHL trade deadline day, Rangers fans will have to accept a harsh reality: Their organization values top-pairing defenseman Dan Girardi more than captain Ryan Callahan. And rightfully so.