Callahan On WFAN: I Never Thought About Being Traded, Leaving The Rangers
In the end, Ryan Callahan said he still saw himself as a Ranger.
The Blueshirts’ former captain spoke to WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Wednesday afternoon and said he never thought about calling another city home until the trade with Tampa Bay for Martin St. Louis was actually made.
“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 said. “My goal was to get something done with New York. Unfortunately, it’s the part of the business that’s not fun.”
The hang-up between Callahan’s agents and Rangers general manager Glen Sather seemed to hinge on just a few million dollars. Callahan initially wanted a seven-year deal paying him $7 million annually. And though he later lowered his demands to six years and around $6.5 million, the Rangers wouldn’t go any higher than $6 million per season, or a difference of about $3 million over the life of the contract.
So, just like that an eventful eight-year career with the Rangers came to an end.
“We knew this was a possibility if both sides didn’t agree on something,” Callahan said. “At the end of the day we couldn’t find something that both sides liked. We knew this could happen. We have no bad feelings toward the Rangers organization, or anybody there. It’s an unfortunate part of the business and you have to move on now.”