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01-30-2014, 04:17 PM
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Originally Posted by NYR94 View Post
I don't want to see him go, but there are a number of factors that are likely to lead to his departure. Even in a trade, the Rangers probably won't get back players who will be as immediately beneficial to the NHL team as Callahan is, but long term it is probably in the team's best interests to part ways with him if his salary demands are going to be what has been rumored. If he wants big money and a long deal, there's going to be a GM out there like Tallon with the green light from ownership to spend big money who will give it to him. The Rangers aren't going to match the best offers for a player who is playing a diminished role under Vigneault.
The Panthers are a perfect fit for Ryan Callahan. Viola is allowing Tallon to spend, and with their re-build going very well, he's the kind of player you bring in. He's still a quality 2nd line player FOR NOW. In the near future, probably not. But a lead-by-example top 6 forward would be very valuable to them.

I actually think the Panthers will sign 2 big $ UFA's this off-season to accelerate the process and get these kids immediate help. Could easily see Callahan one of them. But whether or not he'd be interested in heading to Sunrise is something that remains to be seen.

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