Earlier this week, HOFer and former Ranger Phil Esposito was a guest on a sports talk show in the greater Toronto area and proceeded to go an epically uncensored rant about the trade rumors surrounding Martin St. Louis and Ryan Callahan.
After the jump, the main highlights...
On the rumor floating around:
"It's the same as this bullsh*t about Marty St. Louis being traded to f*cking New York for Callahan because he doesn't get along with [Lightning GM Steve] Yzerman. What a bunch of shit that is."
On Ryan Callahan:
"I like him, he's a heart-and-souler, but he couldn't score more than 25 or 30 goals in his f*cking lifetime and he doesn't play all the time because he gets hurt, because he plays like he's 6-foot-5."
Larry Brooks of the NY Post ended up in fray as well:
"Some a**hole in New York that writes for the New York Post, and we all know who he is, decided 'Let me put something out there so maybe we could start some controversy.' It's a bunch of sh*t, it's been going on for as long as I've been involved in the game of hockey,"
The trade deadline is Wednesday, March 5. It just continues to get more and more bizarre.
- Ahh Phil Esposito. Oh Phil. Always good for a quote. Always good to stick his foot in his mouth as well. These comments, while highly entertaining, are just way out of line and without merit.
- I guess Boomer Esiason gets a pass in Espo's eyes for being the one to break the rumored deal. Does he even know who Boomer Esiason is?
- I'd like to point out that Callahan scored a career-high 29 goals back in '11-12, and had 16 in 43 games during the lockout shortened season last year, which would've averaged out to around 25-30 goals.
MSL was requesting a trade here in 2009. I think Phil Esposito has a valid opinion about Brooks, and about overreacting, but I think he's wrong in regards to this whole thing being BS. MSL wants to play here. He will eventually find a way to, if not this season or offseason, next year when his current contract expires.
That's great , brooks the asshole I love it. Sports talk radio needs to allow expletives it's just part of our thought process.
I think he's dead on , we all know we aren't getting msl straight up for Callahan and he's also dead on about people overreacting to rumors , especially in ny .
Boomer (not the nfl douchebag) on nhl network radio said best " the rangers are 9 games over , just beat Pitts and Chicago and projecting to almost 100 point season, we signed hank long term and traded for Nash why would they now turn and dump girardi and the captain Callahan and give up on the season, isn't the goal to win the Stanley cup? "
He makes the best point no one else talks about ... Don't teams let free agents walk all the time ? There's no guarantee they do walk in the offseason too , point is ol slats is pulling one over on us .. Claiming he can't sign and must trade ... It's BS. Wait til the offseason , leave the team as is and add a small piece or 2. I've said this from the get go this is the last way to deal with this .. There no fn way if u trade callahan no matter who you bring in that this team will have the chemistry to win anything this year.
You want to argue it's better for the future and 2020 fine... That's a other argument . But as far winning the cup (goal of the NHL) in 2014, trading girardi and Callahan is not the answer . Glad a respected nhl journalists finally said it .
sad thing is phil is wrong. marty does want to leave. can't wait til he has to call games with Ryan Callahan on his team
The Tampa Bay Lightning are Phils pride and joy and of course he is sensitive to this. He knows the Rangers would come out the clear winners in that trade. Love phil esposito!!! Still love him from the 80's with the Rangers!!!!! Lol
sad part is phil is right cally shouldnt even be looked at in a trade for st. louie.Louie is a future hall of famer and cally is a future average to good player how does the trade work out.we all love how cally works but hes not fit to be in a star trade
These guys are bonafide broadcasters/news people? 2 out of 3 are really moronic idiots using the F-Bomb every other word out of their mouths! Espo, the HOFER made a complete idiot out of himself!!! Talk about stupidity!!! Shameful example representing the NHL!