Thoughts following the trade deadline


As I’ve been known to do sometimes, I’m going to ignore the work of my esteemed co-writers (in this case, Kevin) and offer my thoughts on a landmark day in Rangerland.  So, if you’re not looking for more analysis of the Trade Deadline, tough.  Read it any way.  Here’s my thoughts on Wednesday’s trade deadline activity, mostly Cally, but other thoughts as well.

  • As much as I want to be upset and nostalgic about Cally’s departure, I’ve been unable to muster it.  After hearing Cally’s post-trade comments, coupled with the fact that when push came to shove he was unwilling to come down from his unrealistic (for any team but Buffalo) contract demands, it became all business for me.
  • I was very encouraged by the first appearance by Marty St. Louis.  He was aggressive, involved and looked very dangerous.  He did appear to be trying a little too hard to bury one in his first appearance.  I think he’s going to help balance out the Top-6 and give the team three dangerous looks to throw at opposition defense.
  • Being a goalie junkie, 10 tenders being traded in 5 days was something I have never experienced before.  There was a lot of backup swapping and lateral moves made, but the sheer volume.  Wow.
  • Ryan Miller is going to be a huge coup for St. Louis.  They paid a relatively steep price for him, but I think he makes them a legitimate contender in an absolutely brutal Western Conference.
  • I’m happy for Roberto Luongo for finally getting out of that disaster in Vancouver’s front office.  He may be a little soft in big games, but he’s still a quality netminder and a class act.  He’s also one of the funnier players on Twitter (@strombone1)
  • Another Vancouver related aside, I am ecstatic that Ryan Kesler didn’t end up with Penguins, Flyers, Bruins or really any other Eastern Conference team.  I love me some Ryan Kesler, and if we can’t have him, no one can!
  • Tim Thomas for Dan Ellis makes no sense.  Ditto Reto Berra to Colorado.
  • I’m also happy the Devils didn’t move Brodeur.  Aside from the Devs being unable to improve for either the present or the future at the deadline (returned draft pick notwithstanding).  But more so because you so rarely these days see a player spend his whole career with one franchise.  He should retire with his legacy and dignity intact this off-season.
  • Have fun in Buffalo, Cally.

24 thoughts on “Thoughts following the trade deadline

  • Mar 7, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Excellent thoughts as always, Justin. Unlike you, I didn’t even try to get upset about Callahan. In a salary cap world, teammates are competing with each other for dollars. I suspect this move makes Stepan feel better and will help in the negotiations with Brassard, Zuccarello, and others.

  • Mar 7, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Which comments by Callahan turned you off?

    And do you not foresee him working out a deal with Tampa?

    • Mar 7, 2014 at 12:28 pm

      I also have that question about Callahan. I thought he was very diplomatic about everything (from what I read).

      The Rangers would love for Callahan to re-sign in Tampa (they’d receive TB’s second rounder in 2015), but he’s made it clear he’s going to the highest bidder, and that probably won’t be TB.

  • Mar 7, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Guys, perhaps some crazy questions, but any chance Cally might miss New York?
    Or do you think too much damage is done?

    Would you even take him back?

  • Mar 7, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    With respect, the worst public comments from players came from players like Martin St. Louis and Roberto Luongo who came off as nothing but entitled athletes. Wanting to be traded because they didn’t start an outdoor game or weren’t initally chosen for the Olympics is laughable. Yzerman and Gillis had their hands tied. They got back what they could.

    • Mar 7, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      I still don’t buy the Olympic snub rationale. Yzerman didn’t make the decision alone and it’s just not the type of thing a professional burns bridges over. There has to be a combination of issues.

      As for Callahan, I heard nothing controversial from him either.

      • Mar 7, 2014 at 1:01 pm

        MSL has admitted publicly many times over that the Olympic snub factored into his wish for being traded albeit along with other reasons such as his family.

        Water under the bridge. What’s done is done. But I still think whoever’s close to MSL, be it a PR guy or what have you, should have told him to stick to the family narrative. The snub remark aint a good look for him.

        • Mar 7, 2014 at 1:04 pm

          It has also been reported he has been requesting to be out for a few seasons, so the snub wasn’t the number one reason, just the straw that broke the camel’s back.

          • Mar 7, 2014 at 1:06 pm

            And as we are only hearing about it now says he was quiet about it and finally just tried to push things along.

            • Mar 7, 2014 at 2:45 pm

              Number 1 reason, number three, whatever. Makes no difference to me.

    • Mar 7, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      A guy tells you he wants to be traded but only to the Rangers – that doesn’t tie your hands. Either you trade him or you tell him you can’t get fair value and he lives with it. Yzerman traded St. Louis because he wanted to; MSL’s position just eliminated the obvious fan backlash.

    • Mar 7, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      What did Luongo say? I didn’t see anything…I’m sure he wasn’t happy about the outdoor game, but I didn’t read any comments about that, not to mention he’s wanted out for years.

    • Mar 7, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      The players have a union to turn to but I think GM’s and owners have the balance of power in their favor. Especially minus a NTC/NMC. I hear what you’re saying but if a player doesn’t wish to play for a team anymore he should be accommodated. In this case MSL admitted he’s wanted out of Tampa since His good buddy Dan Boyle was traded. The Pens got plenty of lesser players on the roster solely because Bylesma was the coach. Yzerman couldn’t stroke MSL’s ego and add him as a 13th forward to the original roster. It was the straw that broke the Camels back. Simple. He wanted to come to NY.
      The think I don’t get is we swapped a RW for a RW but MSL is a lefty shot. Good for the PP like where Nash plays on the man advantage, however we needed another righty stick. I give credit to Sather for sticking to his guns but he could have got a Stafford or a Stempniak for cheap to balance the top line. 2 lefty wingers. Now the top 6 has 1 righty on it.
      The trade makes the Rangers a better team but smaller up front as MSL is not a big guy. I thought they could’ve added a guy like Stewart to be our Lucic. They also don’t need Moore & Boyle. That’s a luxury. Dorsett & Carcillo should be the 2 4th line wingers. Leaving Moore or Boyle a 13th forward.

      • Mar 7, 2014 at 1:24 pm

        Good post, but I disagree on the Moore/Boyle comment. I think those two are the engine that runs the 4th line. Carcillo/Dorsett are very similar players. I don’t think the 4th line really needs two agitators. In my opinion Moore/Boyle are more important, they are better defenders and both can fill in for important d-zone faceoffs (Moore 54.6%, Boyle 54%).

        • Mar 7, 2014 at 2:32 pm

          Agree fully. And kill penalties. They weren’t moved for a reason.

  • Mar 7, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Heard the sticking point with Cally was a no-trade agreement. I guess 6 years is a long time and anything can happen.

    • Mar 7, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      Yea, Sather mentioned that as the deal breaker, but I got the feeling he wasn’t all that comfortable with the terms of his final offer.

      • Mar 7, 2014 at 1:10 pm

        It all fits together. I think that if Callahan had demanded a seven year no trade contract at $4.5 million per, Sather would have given it to him, maybe even eight years. But he apparently started out at eight years, $7 million, no trade clause. Sather hated going as far as he did with the numbers and no trade was a bridge too far.

  • Mar 7, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Mr goalie guru,

    1) Who wins the time share between Holtby/Halak down the stretch and into the playoffs?

    2) Do you agree that the Luongo saga came out of nowhere? I thought a page was turned once Schneider got traded at last years draft. I know the ‘nucks turned into a bit of a circus this year (Torts takes a good amount of blame) but still the trade threw me for a loop.

    3)I agree with you on the Thomas/Ellis swap. From the Stars’ perspective, Lehtonen is the man…why bring in Thomas when kari seems to be a tender that you don’t need an insurance policy for? Perhaps just a better chance at earning 2 points on nights Lehtonen may rest down the stretch?

    4)Are you predicting another Fleury meltdown this year in the playoffs? My guess is certainly possible but unlikely…..2 times in a row is enough. Flip a coin 3 times and chances are the last time won’t be the same as the first two.

    Thanks, and to all the tenders out there this will be a weekend to save pucks and daylight

  • Mar 7, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Any comments on the strength of the team’s post trade deadline schedule? Looks reasonably soft, to me.

    • Mar 7, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      The schedule isn’t as bad as I thought it was.

      Of the remaining 19 games only 6 are against teams currently in playoff position.

      Only 7 are at home, though, making it a little tougher.

      • Mar 7, 2014 at 2:43 pm

        Actually the Rangers have a much better record this year on the road then at home – and that pattern should continue. (Talbot rarely plays at the Garden.)

  • Mar 7, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    I thought overall the trade deadline was entertaining and really showed which directions organizations are going. Being a Rangers fan I think it was a bitter sweet day.

    Here are few observations I have made that not many people are talking about.

    1. Callahan overplayed his hand and deserved what he got. I think Slats was super pissed the way this played out. He used the word “gone”. It was either Tampa or San Jose, no chance of resigning Cally after the NMC was asked for. I also think you are seeing Sather build a team that fits more to AV system.

    2. I really liked Cally but his demands where insane. Slats compared his demands to first team all star and multi cup winning player (Jonathan Toews). Cally isn’t in that elite player category. He does some good things but on a cup contending team he is a 3rd liner. Good luck in buffalo with huge a contract on a crappy team. He should fire his agent.

    3. Marty St Louis really gives the Rangers some added fire power. I really love the forward lineup. Marty is fitness freak and will play a few more years and that new contract will be less then Cally’s for more production. Something was up with him Yzerman. I am guessing the Olympics snub was the final nail in that coffin. We will never now the real story but I bet it is very good. Brad Richards isn’t going anywhere.

    4. Do not F**k with Slats in contract negotiations. Cally got on the bull and he got the horns.

    5. Vancouver is a disaster. How does Gillis keep his job? You trade both Schneider and Loungo and basically get prospects. Kessler wants out. I really liked torts but boy he has destroyed that team.

    6. Overall trade day didn’t disappoint at all. I really enjoyed it . Thank god the Penguins didn’t get Kessler.

    Good luck Cally you will be missed. I look forward to watching Marty St. Louis fill the net

    • Mar 7, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      Thumbs up with the exception of your notion that Torts destroyed Vancouver. No, that team was trending down before he got there. A fairer statement would be he has done nothing to help the situation.

      Gillis is the reason for that mess. He traded the wrong goalie initially (at least he got a top 10 pick, though if you were going to trade Lou anyway, you have to keep Schneider), and left the cupboard bare with impact talent. It’s Kesler and the Sedin twins, and the Sedin’s aren’t getting any better – or younger.

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