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Yeah, a few years ago... when Yzerman snubbed Marty in the Olympics for the first time.
I highly doubt Cally re-signs with Tampa. He played briefly with Pyatt in the AHL and played with Malone for the US internationally, but that's about it in terms of affiliation with the team. Unless the Lightning make it to the conference finals or better (which, despite Stamkos, is a long shot), I think he'll go elsewhere. If it's really about money, I could see him signing with the Sabres (which is also super close to family). If it's about winning, I think he'd take less to go somewhere like St. Louis.
But for the love of god, he should fire his agent. That guy is both a dick and an idiot.
2 hours, 44 minutes ago on Lack of Florida Taxes Could Mean Callahan Signing for Less in Tampa
I find it hilarious (and by hilarious I mean annoying) that so many people are saying that Staal is "worth the risk" but Callahan was injured way too often. How about a little math:
Callahan's NHL regular season games played from 08-09 season (when he was a full-time NHLer) thru his first 2 games with TBL: 386, which averages out to a little over 64 games/season, meaning he's missed an average of 22% of games.
Staal's NHL reguar reason games played from 07-08 season thru games played this season: 443, which averages out to a little over 63 games/season, meaning he's missed an average of 23% of games.
Huh, that's pretty much a push, isn't it? It's completely fair to argue that you feel Staal is a more valuable asset, but if you were one of those using the "we can't throw cash at Callahan to sit in the press box in a cast," please don't now be saying that Staal's injuries are "behind him" or somehow not a factor to be considered.
I love both players, and of course freak injuries can happen to any player at any time, but can we please get a little consistency here?
21 hours, 30 minutes ago on Staal Wants Extension Done This Summer; Interest in Dorsett; Sabres/Panthers to Pursue Callahan
For everyone who's freaking out about offering Callahan 6 years:
1. How many players nowadays stay with one team for their entire career? Not Many. So while I personally would like to see him retire as a Ranger, if management wants to, they can always trade him in year 4, 5 or 6.
2. No one knows what the cap will be next year or any year after that, so stop freaking out about numbers that are, at this point, imaginary.
3. How have the Rangers played the past 2 seasons without Cally in the lineup? Not well. But yeah, let's trade him. That will definitely work well for us in the playoff push this year.
But please now feel free to resume your hate fest toward the captain everyone loved so much until the past month or so. I want no part in that.
6 days, 22 hours ago on Rangers, Callahan Inching Towards Contract Agreement
People think Cally is injured too often, but want Kesler? He's injured just as often as Cally. I like both players, but St. Louis has been healthy far more consistently than Kesler.
Also, trading Callahan, Girardi AND Stepan? What does that remind me of? Oh yeah - trading Dubinsky, Gaborik, etc. and letting Prust walk. It took the Rangers a while to come back from such a major roster overhaul. I'm not saying it's not a good idea for the right new pieces, but if you're going to move that many core players from a roster, I think the impacts of that need to be considered very, very carefully.
1 week, 5 days ago on Rangers Asking Price for Callahan
You shut your filthy mouth, Kevin. That's not even funny. Especially not after today's women's match.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Rangers Well Represented in Olympic Semifinals
@KreiderisTheChosenOne@queensbeeFair. I'm merely anti-shrill.
1 month, 1 week ago on Richards Misses Practice, Will Play Tonight; Cally Wants to Remain a Ranger
@KreiderisTheChosenOne@queensbeeOMG, OMG, a maintenance day!!!! ;)
@GRight. Because there are a ton of those available. Oh and you want one for less than what Richie's making? No problem! Because elite guys are always willing to play for less money and teams are always willing to part with them in exchange for low round draft picks and 3rd & 4th liners.
I apologize for directing this in a reply to you here, G, but I feel like I hear this a lot on this blog. As if buying out Richards is this magical solution. Or sure, trade Henrik if he asks for 8 years or Cally or Girardi if they ask for more than $5M. Because there are a ton of equivalent players available to replace them with for less money/years.
It seems like everyone is quick to say dump this guy! Get that guy! OK, great. But we're gonna get Evander Kane for significantly less? I mean, maybe. Gomez to Montreal and McDonagh back? Hell yeah I'd take another one of those. But that's a once in a decade lucky break. And yeah, Kane's younger, which is great, but he's not the playmaker that Richards is, nor does he have Richie's vision, which is not as great.
Not that I'm any smarter, and maybe it would be better to buy him out. But it seems like the people who yell the loudest for buyouts/trades/etc don't take into account that it's not just shopping - you don't just say "here's $6M, we'd like to lease Antti Niemi, for 4 years, please."
1 month, 1 week ago on Increase in Salary Cap May Not Be As High As Previously Projected
Kevin, relax, buddy. The guy misses ONE PRACTICE and he's suddenly going to be ineligible for a buyout in April (or, god willing, June)? BREATHE. He could've had some bad sushi.
@pkh33OK, I happen ti disagree, but this pic just made my day. Hockey hug to you.
1 month, 1 week ago on Callahan/Girardi Seeking 7-Year Contracts as Sather Gauges Interest
Why couldn't this have waited until after tonight's game so I could enjoy that in peace? Damnit.
I know Girardi hasn't been overly popular around here and Cally's had health issues (and full disclosure: I'm also originally from Rochester), but I would be heartbroken to see either of them go.
7 years might be a little long, but we all know most players are traded before the ends of their contracts, and that you always start by asking for more than you think you're going to get. And Sather wouldn't be doing his job if he didn't at least try to low-ball/test the waters. That's how salary/contract negotiations work.
Also, everyone said that Dubinsky and Prust were totally not worth the money, and then when they were gone, all anyone could talk about was "damn, we traded away our heart and soul!"
Sometimes it's not about the stats. I think the Rangers are a better team with Girardi and especially with Cally that we'd be without them.
Seriously, I f---ing hate this.
Outstanding! Love it. I can't wait for tomorrow night. I didn't think it was all that cold on Sunday, really. I'm sure it'll feel a little colder tomorrow night, but if the Rangers score half as many goals as they did on Sunday, I won't even notice.
1 month, 1 week ago on Rangers/Devils at Yankee Stadium Breaks TV Ratings Records
Also, in the interest of looking on the bright side, I believe the away team has won something like all but 2 of the 10-ish outdoor games the NHL has played in the past half dozen or so years. I think the win more than makes up for not getting the Yankees' swanky locker room.
1 month, 1 week ago on Why The Rangers Are The Road Team at Yankee Stadium
@Kevin DeLury@Herman_NYRBlogI believe it's a commandment that the Rangers are part of any trade rumor.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rangers Interested in Erat?
@Kevin DeLury@KreiderisTheChosenOneMartin Erat is the poor man's punk ass whiny little brother. He's the Scrappy Doo of hockey.
No. I'd take Pyatt or Del Zaster back before I'd take Erat.
@johnAMIRANTESrug"he will play on our 3rd pairing. what's that say about our defensive depth compared to the rest of the league!?"
1 month, 2 weeks ago on So Who is Kevin Klein?
Sales of hair gel in Nashville are going to go through the roof!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Rangers Trade Del Zotto to Nashville for Klein
@gravey94Poor Brian. He's all alone now. Won't someone please give him a hockey hug? But not too hard - he bruises easily.
@IcyCup"Owns a good-sized frame." Could they have worded that any more awkwardly?