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If the Rangers traded a roster player + 1st-round pick for a player of Callahan's caliber as a rental 99% of the fanbase would hate it. I don't see how, therefore, it would be acceptable to keep Callahan and turn down the 1st round pick plus player in order to keep him for a few months. It's literally the same exact thing. Except in the second situation we have emotional attachment to cloud our judgment.
4 days, 17 hours ago on If Rangers Can't Re-sign Callahan By Trade Deadline They May Not Deal Him
@AG_Blue He'd be going there as a rental. Remember when we acquired Derek Morris, Bryan McCabe, Nik Antropov, Petr Sykora, etc. at the deadline and then let them walk in the summer? Same deal. They'd be acquiring him for a playoff run.
1 week, 1 day ago on Report: "99 Percent Chance" Ryan Callahan Is Traded ; Newest On Girardi Situation
Definitely still hope. Disappointing that he can't crack the AHL lineup but he was always going to be a project.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on PROSPECT UPDATE: Tambellini With Four-Goal Week ; Graves
Lindberg is as good of a defensive center as there is outside the NHL right now. I think he's a likely candidate to make the team next season.
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Or sounds like new information...
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Blue Jackets Scouting Rangers, Callahan
Also, Pierre LeBrun said Columbus is interested in Callahan while Aaron Portzline says it "makes sense" that Columbus would want him. So...
Doesn't mean they don't plan to.
You're missing the point, which is that Sather allowed (and is still allowing) teams to speak to Callahan's agent. So if Columbus speaks to Callahan and agrees in principle to a contract? He's no longer a rental.
I'll give you a radical example. Let's say Player X is on a line with Colton Orr and Taylor Pyatt and gets 4 points in the month of February. Let's say Player Y is on a line with Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin and gets 20 points. Before we even know anything about either player we can infer that the linemates played a big role in what their stats look like. My point was simply that Duclair's stats aren't inflated by linemates or quality of competition or anything like that. Grachev put up high point totals, but it was somewhat misleading because he was on a line with Matt Duchene and Cody Hodgson. That's what I was getting at.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Prospect Update: Wolfpack Win 5-1 ; Lindberg Shines and McIlrath Returns
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6/36 is hardly a reasonable compromise. And I'd have a lot easier time believing this is what was going on if not for the fact that Callahan reportedly hasn't budged from his demands since August.
1 month ago on REPORTS: Ryan Callahan Wants Close To $7 Million Per Season
And then they have the same exact above-average-yet-not-great team as this year. Status quo is not the goal here.
1 month ago on Rangers Scout Blue Jackets/Panthers Game; Sabres Not Showing Interest in Callahan
Yeah it would be. Also, Patrick Kane would be a better pickup than John Scott. Columbus isn't moving Johansen.
1 month ago on REPORT: Rangers Allowing Team(s) To Speak To Callahan's Agent
He's gotten better at it. He's never going to be a great defensive player or awesome forechecker or anything like that. He still needs to work at getting them up to NHL standards, though. It's not some sort of alarming cause for concern. He'll spend the rest of the season in Hartford, then the coaching staff will evaluate his place during the next training camp.
1 month ago on Prospect Update: Duclair Has SEVEN-POINT Night ; Fast and Lindberg On A Roll
Not much to really say. He's playing fine. Quiet game on Wednesday. Ended a 6-game point streak in which he had 1 goal and 8 asssists.
Kristo's production has dropped off a bit in January but he's fine. I think it factors in a bit; it has to. As I said, there's only so much cap room yet so many players who want raises. We can argue about who stays and who goes, but no matter what SOMEONE is going. Having Miller, Lindberg, and Fast on the cusp of the NHL certainly makes that manageable.
Or the Flyers.
Once it got to like 5-1 Halifax was less concerned about playing as they were about slashing guys and yelling at the refs. It was pretty pathetic.
Probably has to do with the fact that Stewart's not actually in his contract year.
1 month ago on Rangers Gathering Intel on Stewart
@genetics73 If he REALLY wants to be a Ranger he'd be signed already. You think if Callahan walked into Sather's office and asked for a 3-year, $12M deal Sather would turn it down? Callahan wants to remain a Ranger - I don't doubt that - but not at the expense of what he thinks is a fair price. If his definition of fair and Sather's definition are different then what can you do?
1 month ago on Richards Misses Practice, Will Play Tonight; Cally Wants to Remain a Ranger