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Everyone calm down on McIlrath. His time at the earliest is next season. There were never any illusions made that it would not take time. He got his cup of coffee this year and has a clear understanding of what he has to do to be an effective player at the NHL level. I don't think many of us have watched him play much so it's not fair to start casting judgements already.
19 hours, 22 minutes ago on Stralman Rejects 3-Year, $9M Extension Offer
@Herman_NYRBlog @gravey94Also interesting is I'd be curious to know just how the organization views Connor Allen. From the way he handled himself it seems like he could have a nice career in front of him. Obviously McIlrath is the sexier player but Allen could end up being equally significant if they do lose a D man in the next offseason or two.
Question I have as I do not remember: Do either of them play the right side?
1 day ago on Prospect Update: Miller With Four-Point Night ; Nieves With Goal And Two Assists
@kevshockey @JMK8363There are plenty of other players that can holdout :)
1 day ago on Staal Wants Extension Done This Summer; Interest in Dorsett; Sabres/Panthers to Pursue Callahan
@gravey94 Very much agree...I don't know if Staal at this point should be viewed as any more or less valuable than Girardi. They're actually quite similar players. Stralman getting Klein's style of deal does seem reasonable, although Klein's deal was signed before the cap went up...I wouldn't be surprised if Stralman could get closer to 4 mil on the open market.
Interesting question (for me at least): What do you think Brian Boyle gets? He's another player that's a bit tough to pin down due to his intangibles. His current deal is somewhat based on his 20 goal year but he hasn't sniffed that in forever.
@Herman_NYRBlog I'm sure management has NOT learned from this past (off)season. They couldn't even lock up arguably the franchise's best goaltender of alltime till midseason. The Stepan situation was ridiculous (would have made plenty sense to give him McDonaugh's deal since guess who's gonna make over 4 mil a year per season after next year).
Nope, when it comes to his own players Glen Sather has to squeeze them for all they are worth. Had his attitude in the past been more reasonable perhaps he would have been able to keep his captain. But you know, Wade Redden is worth 6.5 mil a season.
(Still angry about Callahan)
1 day, 1 hour ago on Staal Wants Extension Done This Summer; Interest in Dorsett; Sabres/Panthers to Pursue Callahan
@ATCRyan You wanna really beat yourself up go watch Callahan breaking his leg blocking that Zdeno Chara slapshot in that amazing comeback win against the Bruins a few years ago. That still stands as my favorite regular season win in who knows how long.
3 days, 23 hours ago on Thank You Captain Cally
@Bring back Langdon @jasonshyer@gravey94I know, i am using this argument to make myself angry with Callahan so I can say "screw him" and root for the other guys who have more than earned their keep... *sigh*
@gravey94 @jasonshyerI'm hanging onto Boyle, Zucc, Step, Hagelin, Krides, Girardi, McD, Staal. And Domonic Moore, because if you don't love Domonic Moore you're a bad person :)
But...yea...there's something about watching Ryan Callahan block a shot that's just special. I play ball hockey, BADLY. But I brought knee pads, shin guards, ankle braces, harder shoes just so i can try and block shots the way he does...and i'm friggin 39. Inner kid sad.
@gravey94 @jasonshyerOf course and you make perfectly logical sense. Prust wanted his money same as Callahan, and it is an easy business argument to make Slats did the right thing in all cases. That said, part of why I enjoy hockey is it connects with my inner child, and to me sometimes that's more important than perfect business sense.
@gravey94 You know I don't even care if this was "the correct" decision. I don't care if Callahan asked for too much to the point of outrageousness. I just know that I likely won't be as passionate about a Rangers team for some time after this. Yeah I'll still root for em but it won't be the same until another guy can find a way to capture my imagination the way Callahan did.
@gravey94 Dubi and Prust were brutal, this one for me is heartbreaking. I have the worst emotion of all right now: Apathy.
awwww man...this sucks. I don't care how amazing St. Louis is and how outrageous Callahan's demands were, this sucks.
@DubiLeetch @KevinTheNYRBlogWouldn't be surprised...I don't put anything past Sather. He is the Karl Rove of hockey GM's
5 days, 20 hours ago on Rangers Trade Callahan, Picks to Tampa for St. Louis
@KevinTheNYRBlog To ask for more than Patrice Bergeron at the same time Bergeron got his 6.5 a year is definitely outrageous
@IhaveawaiteratMSG @KevinTheNYRBlogDolan is too stupid to think of doing that so soon.
@KevinTheNYRBlog I feel so dirty just looking at that
@johnnyb3910 No that's not fair to Lundqvist. Also, he is worth his money (assuming he plays like he always has)
Brassard said it. I'm pretty heartbroken. I thought I had reconciled the possibility of this happening in my head beforehand...but turns out I have not. I don't even know if I can watch this team for the rest of this season. IF they got to the low 6's it is shameful the Rangers didn't just sign the guy. Not only losing the captain but losing a 1st rounder in 2015 (plus another high pick) SCREAMS of a late 90's trade.
@DubiLeetch @Nyrangers@johnnyb3910Agreed - you tend to get the impression that the concept of SIX years at a low 6 year figure is alien to both sides...for the life of me i can't figure out why other than stubborn GM, stubborn player, stubborn agent.
1 week, 5 days ago on Callahan's Agent Says Asking Price Is Discount; Two Sides to Meet This Week
@gravey94 Right - But is Callahan worth more than Patrice Bergeron? No. Can he get it? Maybe. But if he does depart and get "paid" what does that say about Bergeron and what does that say about Callahan?