What’s The Price of “Soul”?

The Rangers have traded Ryan Callahan to Tampa Bay for Martin St. Louis. New York will also send a 1st and 2nd rounder to Tampa and there are some conditional picks mixed in both ways depending on future events.

On paper, the Rangers win this trade, but maybe not as much as you would think. St. Louis is the fifth-leading scorer in the league. For a team that has only scored 162 goals this year, that’s a big boost. But they will miss Callahan’s heart, his presence and especially  his motor.

I can’t fault the Rangers for going through with this deal. Callahan was a free agent and they didn’t want to lose him for nothing. They reportedly offered Callahan a six-year/$36-million deal, more than a fair payday for a player of Callahan’s skill set. Ryan reportedly wanted more than that, and while that is absolutely his right, he had to know this was probably the likely result of that demand.

On a personal level, this one hurts. Callahan was my guy and I will sorely miss watching #24 mix it up on a nightly basis. The Rangers need a new captain and I need a new favorite player.

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  • blmeanie  On March 6, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    They got a player that is beloved by the home team fans and hated by the opposition fans.

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