Why the Rangers Should Not Trade Captain Callahan

1/29/14 in NHL   |   patrickhoffman3530   |   122 respect

Jan 26, 2014; New York City, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan (24) walks past a line of bagpipe performers before the Stadium Series hockey game against the New Jersey Devils at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY SportsOver the past few weeks and even days, there has been a lot of talk when it comes to the New York Rangers trading their team captain, Ryan Callahan.

While it might make sense because of the kind of money and terms Callahan is going to ask for, which could be around seven years at up to $5.4 million, the team should not go ahead and trade him. Yes, his asking price might be a bit steep right now but let's remember what Callahan brings to this hockey club.

For starters, Callahan is easily one of the best team captains in the NHL today. He may not be a big talker but he is someone who leads by example and who has been doing so since he joined the team during the 2006-07 season.

As a team leader, Callahan is someone who goes out hustles every game, sacrifices his body game in and game out, and is someone that the Rangers count on to give his all every game. Callahan was doing this even when he was not a team captain so one knows that he is not a selfish person.

Secondly, Callahan does bring offense to this club. Yes, his numbers have been down this season due to various injuries but for the most part, Callahan is someone that the Rangers can usually pencil in for anywhere between 40 and 60 points.

Remember, this Rangers' hockey club is one that can be extremely inconsistent offensively. Sure, they are playing well now but will it continue this way for the rest of the season and in future seasons? All questions that show why Callahan would be worth signing.

Lastly, Callahan is a homegrown product. He was drafted by the Rangers, he played in their farm system and he has essentially grown up with the club.

Obviously, with the ever changing market, players get moved all the time. With that said, Callahan has been loyal to the club and is probably not looking to play anywhere else.

While it is easy to see why the Rangers' would be hesitant to resign Callahan during the off-season, especially given the money and terms as well as his injury history, it would be a big mistake for the Rangers to trade him.

At 28 years of age, Callahan has the potential to become an even better player than he is now as well as a chance to show the organization and their fans that he can lead them to the promised land.
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