Rangers shopping captain Ryan Callahan

One player whose name I would have never predicted to even possibly be in the mix before the season is that of New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan.

But he’s a pending UFA July 1 and so far contract talks have not gone well at all, a source told ESPN.com Tuesday.

All of which led to some rumblings that the Rangers are exploring the trade market in case talks don’t produce a contract extension before the March 5 trade deadline. My colleague Darren Dreger also reported on Callahan’s trade possibility during our Insider Trading segment Tuesday evening on TSN in Canada.

You can imagine the reaction when Rangers GM Glen Sather called some teams over the past week to inform them that Callahan might be available.

“That’s a pretty big name,” one Western Conference source said.

Still, it seems hard to fathom Callahan moving, but it appears the Rangers are intent to not lose such a prized asset for nothing July 1 if they can’t get him signed. So the clock is ticking.

16 Responses to Rangers shopping captain Ryan Callahan

  1. doorman says:

    This is a high risk high reward player. He plays so hard and infects his teammates with energy, but his body takes such a beating doing so. Which makes you question what do you give up for or would you be willing to sign a player who spends time out of the line up regularly but not always for long periods. Me I think he is worth the risk, but is he a 6mil+ player?

  2. leafy says:

    Ben Scrivens 59 save shutout!! What does everyone think about that?

    I always said he was fantastic goalie and STRONGLY opposed moving him for a “mentor” (eg, Kiprusoff) before the trade deadline last year.

    Almost everyone gave me a hard time. Remember?

    Glad we later traded him for Bernier, but time for people to acknowledge Scrivens is a quality goalie.

  3. doorman says:

    I did agree with a mentor type trade and still would have traded him. Yes he played a great game and is a good guy. I just hate his lack of rebound control and desire to seemingly put pucks back into play unnecessarily. However congrats to him on pitching that shutout for sure.

    • realistic_leafs_fan says:

      Pretty much what I said as well doorman. A shutout is a shutout and he deserves credit, but the 59 shots is partly his own doing because of his inability to smother shots. He’s a solid back-up. I believe Edmonton got him as their future back-up, he is not auditioning for the starting role. They are looking for a more proven starter to pair with him.imo
      But if they can get a Hiller for instance via UFA/trade…Hiller/Scrivins gives them a solid tandem next season.

    • leafy says:

      Yeah but I don’t just mean the one game. Scrivens has been outstanding all year. Third or fourth in the NHL in GAA and save %. What a season.

      Last year people here spent more time discrediting him than praising him which I found puzzling.

      • doorman says:

        I just said what I thought. I don’t like how he holds his glove and I don’t like his lack of rebound control. He puts pucks in play needlessly and is shaky with his stick. I am not saying he isn’t a decent back up, but I don’t think he is a long term starter, IMO.

        • realistic_leafs_fan says:

          He has played well all year and I don’t think anyone is knocking him. The reasons for trading him for a “rental” last year was because not many saw him on Toronto’s future plans and having a veteran in the playoffs could be a help.
          Besides his numbers, you have to consider that he was traded from the Leafs because they thought Reimer was better, he was traded from LA because they thought Jones is better.
          Just my opinion, but I think he will be a very good back-up that can carry the ball for short periods at times. I just don’t see him as a starter. The Leafs got Bernier because he is calmer in the net and better rebound control than Reimer. Reimer was better than Scrivins for the above skills. Just the way I see it. No disrespect to Scrivins.

  4. realistic_leafs_fan says:

    Out of curiosity, would anyone be interested in a trade that revolved around Gardiner for Gudbranson?
    Something like Gardiner, Fraser for Gudbranson and 2013 3rd.

    The idea of having a Rielly/Gudbranson pairing to develop is very intriguing to me. They could become a deadly first pair in a few years. A Gardiner/Campbell could be fun to watch in Florida as well.

    • Gambo says:

      I like it. Would be hard to give up Gardiner, but you have to give to get. He’s young, 6’5″, right handed and plays a really tough game.

    • 93killer93 says:

      I’d be more interested in a Rielly/Ekblad pairing if we could work something out at the draft. But i think Gudbranson would be a good fit with Rielly, they’d be a dangerous pairing in a couple years.

  5. doorman says:

    I would be intrigued by that, but would want more than the 3rd, IMO.

  6. mapleleafsfan says:

    Kadri with 12 points in his last 8 games. He’s seriously on fire right now.

    • Gambo says:

      I really like when Kulemin is on the line with Kadri and Lupul, brings the best out of him and the whole line.

      • mapleleafsfan says:

        Agreed. Kulies got 3 goals/5 points in his last 8 on that line. Considering he shores that line up defensively that’s some solid production as well. Screw Grapes for chirping Kuley, he’s one of our players you know will bring effort every night. I’d pay him 3 mill any day for a player like Kulemin.

        How on fire has Kessel been in 2014? Something like 8 multi point games in 15 games. Thanks for coming back Bozak.

        • mapleleafsfan says:

          I’ll also add that Gleason has just been awesome. Guy gets hit with more pucks than Bernier but still keeps going.

        • Gambo says:

          If Kulimen was Canadian Don Cherry would have praised him for his defensive efforts. Like you said, he’s a workhorse out there. I agree, he’s well worth the 3 mill. Especially if he stays on that 2nd line, could(should) be a 20 goal scorer again.

          What Bozak brings to the line with Kessel and JVR goes so unnoticed by almost all leafs fans, but numerous of times Kessel, JVR and Lupul have said how important he is to the line. Needless to say, together they put up enough offense and are competent defensively thanks to the growth of all 3 players in that aspect.

          Now that the top 2 line have really clicked again, the 3rd line needs to get going. I really liked the Raymond-Bolland-Clarkson line which should be good to go again come playoffs, Mcclement can center Orr with the option of Bodie or Ashton who have both been pretty good and physical. I really like the way the offense is shaping for the playoffs.

          Defense needs an addition though, would really love a guy like Girardi.

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