lmfao i love how people backtrack and change up their arguments/statements to save face.
the last ~20 games of the regular season was all “omfg look at all the points and goals callahan is putting up, how could the rangers have been so stupid to trade him, see how much he’s doing? MSL is worthless and this trade is going to bite the rangers in the ass.” the teams they were on didn’t seem to matter, now they suddenly do. when callahan was scoring and putting up points, no one mentioned anything about it being a team game, now suddenly that’s an excuse for callahan’s lack of production or presence. everyone seemed to forget that, despite MSL going through one of the worst production slumps of his entire career, the rangers were still finding ways to win games. then when post-season production is brought up - where MSL is producing and running around all over the place and callahan did nothing in terms of points for his team - it’s abhorrent and stupid and uneducated and “MSL and callahan are completely different players." that’d be correct, MSL is producing like he should be when it counts and callahan stood in front of price and nothing happened. uneducated is not understanding that the rangers, under the salary cap, could not retain callahan at the salary he was demanding, would not budge from, and had not earned. really liking a player and him being your favorite doesn’t mean he is worth or earned what he’s demanding either.
let’s look at the comparable players that i’ve been mentioning for months now: dustin brown - a cup-winning captain - is on an 8-year deal that averages out at 5.8mil/yr (AAV and cap hit). the max he makes in a year under his current contract is 7.2mil the next 2 seasons. callahan wouldn’t go lower than 6.8-7mil or whatever it was. why? what did he do to earn more annually than dustin brown who captained his team to a stanley cup while losing like 3 games that entire post-season? how does that make sense? because sather and dolan have deep pockets and he figured “why not, might as well milk this for all it’s worth because they’ll just give it to me.” brown also signed that 8-year deal after winning a cup. david backes, another player and captain similar to callahan, makes an average of 4.5mil/yr on a 5-year deal. doesn’t make more than 4.75mil in a year. a consistent point-producer. higher PPG in the regular and post-season than callahan. earns considerably less than brown because, even though he is a huge presence when he’s on the ice, his body of work does not allow him to demand a salary like brown’s. why does callahan feel he’s worth a shade under double backes’ annual salary? what had he done to warrant a contract like what he was demanding? uneducated is thinking callahan was actually worth over 7mil with his body of work on the rangers, which is relatively unimpressive outside of one ECF and i’ll get back to the “unimpressive” bit in a second. joe thornton, another somewhat comparable player, had made/makes anywhere from 7-8mil for his 70-80+ point seasons. understandable given his production, as 70-80+ point players are actually in the upper tier of producers in the league and can command that type of salary. loui eriksson is basically a slightly more productive version of callahan (by about ~15 points/season). AAV of 4.25mil. oshie is another great comparable - similar age, physique, play style, production. AAV of 4.1mil. same goes for andrew ladd - AAV of 4.4mil.
in reality, backes is a better comparable than brown given both of their (callahan and backes) bodies of work. a salary similar to backes’ would and should have been more than acceptable, but callahan just wanted his retirement contract and $$$ and didn’t care about playing with the rangers, so he left. and i respect that he made that blatantly clear with the way he handled things too, otherwise if he loved playing for the rangers as much as everyone thought he did/he made it sound like, he would have jumped through hoops to sign a contract. but the rangers ~6.5-6.75 wasn’t enough for him. and again, i completely respect that he wants to earn the most amount of money he can for him and his family before his career is up because everyone knows their careers are a finite thing and there’s no guarantee they’ll be playing the next day. but people romanticized callahan (and athletes in general) and don’t understand the business side of hockey or the fact that callahan isn’t some googly-eyed little fan.
as far as callahan being “unimpressive”: i understand callahan was a very good player for most of his tenure on the rangers. he was easily my 1b favorite ranger alongside lundqvist. he was the heart and soul of the team for years and played like an absolute maniac for a large chunk of time in NY. he would be the one to make a clutch clear on the PK, hustle that extra bit to win a battle in the corner on the PP, or plaster someone into the boards to set the tone of the game. but somewhere during the lockout, he lost it and that lack of a spark from him carried on to the next season. he didn’t play with the same intensity as often as he did in years prior. he wasn’t laying enormous hits. he wasn’t always hustling to get to pucks to make a play. blind behind-the-back passes became his normal way of passing. his play was visibly at a lower intensity and visibly sloppier, outside of a handful of instances (the only one jumping out at me is his shorty against buffalo this[?] season). to have earned a ~7mil salary, he would have had to have captained the rangers to consistent, strong playoff appearances. had some of those 7-game series last year not gone to 7 games (like they should have), maybe he would have been regarded differently by management. had the rangers not been scratching and clawing their way to 8 seeds most years and waiting until the last day of the season to see if they made it, maybe it’d be different. but he was groomed by drury aka captain quaalude and for whatever reason, that..i don’t want to say complacency, but that lack of fire was visible in callahan, that was visible in drury. it’s not to say either of them didn’t care because they obviously do/did, but something was just missing in a noticeable way. giving drury the contract he was given which was similar to what callahan wanted (albeit drury had other problems) was a mistake, and it would have been a mistake to do it again imo.
i’ve never once said callahan was a bad player and i’ve made sure to give him accolades in a number of these rants. all i’ve ever said was that given what he has done, solo and otherwise, he’s not worth the salary he demanded under the constraints of a salary cap.
tl;dr i understand people are still sad about callahan and the whole situation, but it wasn’t possible to keep him with what he wanted, on top of him making it clear he didn’t mind leaving. otherwise he would have said “you know what they’re offering me north of 6.5mil, i’ll take that because i love this city and playing here and i want to stay here.” but he didn’t sign anything and that’s that. he doesn’t care about/love you or NYC or the rangers team or organization on a personal, intimate level as much as you’d like to think.
can we talk about how dominic monogamous always has his nails painted while he plods through rain forests and jungles poking at deadly animals
#tbt to that time the rangers smoked the flyers in game 3 and danny carcillo welcomed himself back to philly
also i don’t know how, but i’ve gained like 10 pounds in the last week
it took me like 15 years to learn that there’s no word of “speach”