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01-07-2014, 05:31 PM
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This is a point I was going to make with Prust being the prefect example. Nobody wanted to pay Prust because the Rangers would replace him with cheaper options...and, unfortunately, we got what we paid for in Asham, Halpern, Pyatt, etc...

You may be able to slot Zuc on the 2nd line RW...but where do you make up Callahan's lost goals? This team has needed more goal scorers for years and now we're going to get rid of our 2nd best scorer. And let's talk about grit. Callahan's one of the few forwards who plays a gritty, physical style. The last 2 seasons Callahan led the team in hits. Last season he had 154 and only one other forward topped 100. So now this team that hasn't been able to find goal scorers and has been too soft is going to get rid of it's second best goal-scorer and best hitter...and replacing that production isn't any cause for concern.

BTW - Over the last 3 seasons, the difference in goals scored between Callahan and Nash hasn't been as great as you might think. Nash has scored 30, 21 and 9 (counting yesterday's game). While Callahan has scored 29, 16 and 7.
Callahan's production has been good over the last several seasons, even this season he is one or two multi-point games from getting on that 50+ point pace. Last season he was on pace for around 60 points.

So people want to give that up, along with a guy who kill penalities one of the better in the league I might add.

Also, people need to rewatch the plays he made that led up to that PP goal, it is the work efforts he puts mixed with the talent he has that makes him an all around player.

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Originally Posted by NYR Viper View Post
No one is saying Callahan is a bad player, just that he is going to break down as he gets older. They have holes, but whether they hold onto him or not, they are not going to compete for The Cup. Get some assets, let another team overpay, develop the young players they bring in.




I see some d-men who may be available who can help fill some holes. Teams will also have players available. Sometimes the buy low candidates are the way to go in order to get by for half a season while a young player gets their feet wet (Allen/McIlrath).
Which is why he should not get more than 5 or 6 years. You'd be trying to fill two big holes if he was gone.

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This team is a lot closer to a Cup in the next 5 years with Callahan than without.

Totally agree.

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