It's beyond frustrating to see a player who gives maximum effort on every shift get injured as often as Ryan Callahan does.
Not only does Callahan's passion and energy help spark the Rangers to victory, he has one of the most under-rated skill sets in the NHL.
But it does the Rangers no good when he's spending large portions of the regular season and sometimes the playoffs sitting in the press box nursing another injury.
So how many injuries has the Rangers Captain had since 2010? (via Pro Hockey Talk)...
...it really isn't fair. He's one of the few players on the Rangers capable of playing "the right way" and he's back on the shelf for the third time in just 32 games this season.
...which is why for that reason, and that reason alone, the Rangers CANNOT offer Callahan anything longer than a four year extension. Not only do the Rangers need to be concerned about the plethora of injuries, there's a good chance all the bumps and bruises he's received over the year will catch-up to him sooner rather than later the way it did for Drury.
...we've already seen this season, when Callahan isn't able to play at 100% he isn't nearly as effective of a player.
i love Ryan callahan's style of play. He wears his heart on his sleeve and gives his all. He is not a big guy but is not afraid to be physical. That however, it explains his injury streak. Honestly, nothing would make me happier than seeing him retire in a rangers uniform. I would hope that he would be realistic in his contract negotiations in that he probably won't get much more than what Sather is going to offer him. he is a great leader for any team and I would hate to see him in another uniform.
Christ sakes, he's the reason I picked Ryan to name my son last year!
Dustin Brown got an 8 year $5.75M per year contract, he's 29, but has better production than Cally. Cally is 28 and has missed 1, 5, 22, 6, and 0 games the past 5 seasons (not including this one). There is no way he's accepting a 4 year deal. Besides the 2010 - 2011 season (and this one), he hasn't missed all that much time. My guess would be he's looking for 5 or 6 years at $5.5M per. I's personally like to see him inspire his teammates on a more consistent basis, even when he's not showing up on the score sheet, and not just by throwing checks or blocking shots.
@TheNYRBlog the playoffs while not being 100% then had surgery after the playoffs. The rangers would be foolish not to sign Cally period
@TheNYRBlog you failed to mention how he seperated his shoulder , came back after missing 3 games was in top 3 in points and effective in
@TheNYRBlog if he can't be 100% his game isn't effective, he plays injured which yes is tough but just doesn't work, I agree 4 yrs max
Cally should be extended, and should not be judged on this season alone, but he should not get more than 4 or 5 years.
Home grown 2nd/3rd liner.Hard working, good shot from the dots in and goes to the front of the net for screens deflections and greasy goals.Above average but not elite.Not a resign,because he's gonna command too much dough, because of injuries and he's not consistent enough.He's replaceable. and should be replaced, but he's a great player-just not for the Rangers next year.Time for Rangers to move him out after hes healthy and get something in return..
@TheNYRBlog what do you think would be an appropriate amount of years?
@TheNYRBlog Ooohhh what you said... they are gonna turn on you! I really love everything about Cally but he is trade bait..think Eric Cole.
@TheNYRBlog you think Cally will go for that? No way. He is getting his long contract. You can bet that.
The thing that makes it even harder to see is that they are all traumatic injuries. It's not a nagging hamstring, his shoulder was ripped out of the socket, blocked a 100+ mph slapshot, etc. He's just got really, really bad luck combined with ballsthe size of grapefruits, which is not good for llongevity.
@TheNYRBlog with all these injuries he is looking a lot like the captain before him.
@TheNYRBlog agreed kid has ruined his body, he's 28 with the body of a 35 year old
Believe it or not Callahan has actually been better in production over the last 3 seasons than Brown, and even this one. (Brown is having a down season). His Points per game and Goal per game average have been higher than Brown's over the last 3 seasons, and Cally's Career GPG average is slightly higher.
The last 2 seasons he missed very few games, and this season he is coming into off-season shoulder and is just having bad luck. He is not breaking down like some people claim.
@CaptCally24 I didn't say not to re-sign him, I said not long term.
@Paulie_NYR94 You think another team would be willing to give him a max 7-year deal? It's not like his history of injuries is a secret.
@ggoz83 100% in agreement with you on that.
@TheNYRBlog not a criticism, it's just how he had to play to attain a high level in this league. no one leaves it all on the ice like Cally
@Kevin DeLury I hear ya, but this time he has all the leverage and there is a market precedent set with Brown, Backes, and other similar players. Unless it's north of $6.5M per year, I don't think he'll want to limit the years and have to worry about his next contract when he's 33. This is his payday contract. Anything after this will be the "show me what you have left" contracts.
@TheNYRBlog they gave Henrik a insane deal Cally is underpaid as it is. Sadly I'll bet he ends up in arbitration again..
@TheNYRBlog yeah I was thinking 3, somewhere in that ballpark
@TheNYRBlog buffalo would, most likely. I don't like it either but you know Sather.
That being said, I would ve surprised if he refused to sign a 4 year deal. He's a smart guy who wants to win in his home state.
@Paulie_NYR94 I'd love a four-year deal.
@TheNYRBlog you think maybe he will accept a 4 or 5 year deal instead?
@Paulie_NYR94 Also, even more likely after Lundqvist extension.