This little nugget is included in Larry Brooks column in the New York Post today:
“Trading [Ryan] Callahan to the Blue Jackets, with whom the Rangers are competing for a playoff spot and could conceivably meet in a cross-pollination first round, seems like a crazy idea, but the Blueshirts would sure have to think about it if Columbus would send 24-year-old Cam Atkinson, Chris Kreider’s Boston College Eagles teammate, to the Garden.”
Here are the players numbers from this season…
Ryan Callahan: 39 games, 9 goals (4 on the power play, 1 shorthanded, 1 game winner), 12 assists, -1, 14 PIM
Cam Atkinson: 55 games, 17 goals (3 on the power play, 1 shorthanded, 4 game winners), 14 assists, +1, 14 PIM
Both are wingers. At age 28, Callahan is four years older than Atkinson. Callahan is a team captain, but Atkinson is not exactly lacking in intangibles. The real eye-opener comes when you look at their salary numbers.
Atkinson is signed through next season, and after that time, he’ll become a restricted free agent. According to Capgeek.com, he’ll make $1,150,000 this year and next.
Callahan is making $4,275,000 in this, his final year under contract with the Rangers. That’s why talks of trading him have come up. Once he hits the market, he’s expected to demand $6 million/year for 7 years.
Also, consider that the CBJ are pretty close to the cap, but could clear some space by moving Marian Gaborik, who has a $7,500,000 deal.
Still, this proposal doesn’t make much sense to me.
By the way, here’s what SNY television has to say about it.