Too many people apply the "can't hold onto them and lose them for nothing" logic like i universally applies to all teams. I don't believe it does.
Losing players for nothing is what small market teams can't afford to do because they can't afford to sign a replacement free agent or trade for a player with "too high" a salary to replace the player they let walk. The Rangers aren't in that boat. They can let Callahan walk if they want and seek a replacement in free agency or via trade over the summer. Of course, holding onto the player only matters if you think it makes a difference for the playoffs.
I think there are a lot of people here who have the attitude that "we're not winning the Cup this year, so trade Callahan for picks and prospects". I would rather see the Rangers make a smart acquisition (or two or three) to bolster the team for a playoff run and with that mindset, keeping Callahan becomes a greater benefit.
The Rangers need an on the fly rebuild of the farm right now. If they wait a few more years, it will be too bare to do it on the fly and we will need a full on rebuilding process for 7-8 years.
Trading Cally for youth could bring in some assets now that will help us when Nash, Staal and Lundqvist are gone.
Don't want to lose two major pieces right before the playoffs and going into next year. Rangers real strength is Henrik and their D-corps. If they had enough forward pieces to match them they'd be a legit contender.
At those terms it's hard to justify trading him barring a severe overpayment. Danny G is a warrior and if those numbers materialize, it will his second team-friendly contract. I think his value to our team at 5.5 is worth more than he could return in a trade as an upcoming UFA. I wish Cally would take a similar deal so we could sell off lesser assets and gear up for a run, but if they refuse to sign you have to look for young talent in a trade.
He's our version of Adam Foote. He'll be fine for a while. He'll only be 35 at end of contract.
Brooks reported the same figures but Girardi isn't in a rush to agree to them. Don Meehan proposed those numbers in November. It took the Rangers 3 months to come around.
The Post has learned the difference between the parties is minimal (at most), with the Blueshirts finally having closed in on Girardiís original asking price of six years at approximately $5.5 million per that would be a slam-dunk get on the free-agent market.
But Girardi, who is believed to have first proposed this deal in November, has not indicated heís willing now to sign at those terms. Perhaps the defenseman has changed his mind, or increased his price with the proximity to free agency.
Girardi @ 5.5 is completely fine with me and makes up with the harsher 6 year aspect of the deal. I'm also completely fine with sign and trading Girardi for Vatanen+, depending on the +. Ducks system is loaded, would grab whatever I can from them.
The only thing we can't afford is to be inactive with Girardi. Either sign him or trade him, just gotta get something done. Also, frontload the contract if possible, would make moving him later easier.