Kicking The Tires On Callahan
In the wake of the news that the New York Rangers might be willing to deal captain Ryan Callahan, comes with a boatload of speculation. The 28 year old Callahan is set to become an unrestricted free agent at season's end and could garnish a hefty payday from teams(rumored asking price will be around $6 million per season). This means that the Rangers may be getting a few(or more than a few) calls inquiring about a possible trade.
It doesn't come as a shock that an announcement like this would take place six days before the Olympic break. Especially with teams now trying to get in position for the playoffs in the new format. Who could be some potential suitors? Let's take a look.
Los Angeles Kings: This one is almost a layup.when looking at it. Callahan would go to a team with USA National Teammates Dustin Brown and Jonathan Quick. Not to mention the already strong leadership with guys like Mike Richards and Drew Doughty. Callahan could fit right in.
Minnesota Wild: Much like the Kings, Callahan would know players right off the bat with Ryan Suter and Zach Parise. Couple that with the Wild's need for goal scoring and tough play, Callahan would be a great fit here as well.
Philadelphia Flyers: Make no doubt that the Flyers will be making a few calls to New York about Callahan's services. The Flyers are always a player in the trade market for better or worse. The big question here is if the Rangers are willing to make a deal within the division.
St. Louis Blues: The Blues are still a young team, very talented, but young. Callahan could fit right in with guys like David Backes, TJ Oshie, and Kevin Shattenkirk. Not to mention another leadership guy in Jay Bowmeester. St. Louis is an intriguing option here. With plenty of space to give Callahan an extension if they so choose next season(They currently sit $23 million under the cap for next season).
It'll be interesting in a few days or weeks ahead to see if a move is made, or if the Rangers stay pat with their captain.