Ryan Callahan faces criticism for no-trade contract demand

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Ryan Callahan, New York Rangers. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

On last week’s trade deadline day New York Rangers general manager Glen Sather traded the club’s captain, Ryan Callahan, to the Tampa Bay Lightning for former Art Ross winner Martin St. Louis.

Callahan is set to become an unrestricted free agent this coming summer, and rather than re-sign with New York – the only team he’s every played for – the captain held strongly to his desire for a no-trade contract. Ultimately, Sather was unwilling to meet Callahan’s no-trade demand; a move some have criticized.

Don Cherry of Hockey Night In Canada called out Callahan last evening in the first intermission of a game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers.

On this fine Sunday, MSG Broadcaster Stan Fischler respectfully questioned Callahan’s contract stance in a tweet:

The future is unknown for Ryan Callahan. If he is not signed by the Tampa Bay Lightning he will hit the open market on July 1st, at which point he’ll be free to sign with any team in the NHL.

UFAs often cash in nicely on free agent day: former New Jersey Devil David Clarkson signed a hefty contract last summer with the Toronto Maple Leafs – one of several teams in the bidding war for his services.

Callahan will attract significant attention, as well. However, he may not return to the Rangers where he was captain and has lived for the last decade. In the end, if he gets the no-trade and $6 or more million per season he’s after, all is well, but his opportunity to remain a Ranger is likely gone.