Cam This Deal Happen?

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.

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2 Responses to Cam This Deal Happen?

  1. I agree with you this deal does not make any sense for the CBJ. Without taking salary into consideration I would rather keep Cam, add the salary into the equation and this makes less sense to me.

  2. pete goegan says:

    “…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.”

    No, Larry, the Rangers wouldn’t think twice about doing that, but the Jackets wouldn’t even think once about it. Brooks makes these things up.

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