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Poll: Should the Buffalo Sabres Go After Ryan Callahan?


Yesterday we asked you guys if the Buffalo Sabres should take a stab at re-signing Thomas Vanek this offseason. Surprisingly a lot of you guys voted yes which is awesome for your Sabres loyalty. We’d bring back an old fan favourite, and we’d be able to spend some much needed coin to reach the rising cap floor. Another name that has been thrown out there is New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan,who is set to hit the free agent market at the end of this season.

I’m not a huge Rangers fan, and I don’t pretend to be, so I have no idea what Callahan’s relationship is with the club besides the fact

he wears the C on his chest. However, for the sake of this article let’s say Callahan is 100% committed to finding a new home and testing out free agency this offseason; cool? Cool.

While Callahan is a winger and not a centre, he is still a player, the Buffalo Sabres could use going forward. He would be a big improvement over Drew Stafford and Matt D’Agostini on the wing. He could even help mentor Zemgus Girgensons and help take some of the pressure off of him to be the future.

Ryan Callahan was taken 127th overall by the New York Rangers in the 2004 draft, but since has turned himself into well respected NHL player and captain of the New York Rangers. If Callahan does hit the free agent market he will be one of the top guys on the market and teams will be throwing money at him left right and centre, but the Buffalo Sabres have money to spend. At the very least, it will probably take a 6 year deal worth $6 or $7 million to bring Callahan to Buffalo but the two time Olympian may be worth the money.

Callahan is still young- sub 30 and is going to give you around 30 goals and 50 points every season, he brings a leadership presence into the locker room and onto the ice. Steve Ott is a great emotional leader and captain. He knows what to say, when to say it and who’s buttons he will be pushing. Where as Callahan will be that leader on the ice, he’ll let his skills do the talking for him as he leads the Sabres offence on the first line with Matt Moulson.

He may not be the flashiest of players, but there’s something about the way he plays the game that sets him apart from those who are  more skilled than himself. His hockey IQ seems to be in another league and Callahan just seems to have the “it” factor that helps his teams win. He has 5 years of NHL playoff experience under his belt including a trip to the Conference Finals in 2012, not to mention he has an Olympic silver medal.

Ryan Callahan is the type of player teams can build around and at 28-almost 29- he’ll be able to provide a staple on either the first or second line through the rebuild. He would add instant credibility to the Sabres roster and perhaps entice other players to come and join the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres have the money, why not use it on a guy like Callahan?

Should the Buffalo Sabres make a run at Ryan Callahan to help bolster their line-up through the rebuild? It’s a simple yes or no poll, place your vote and explain in the comments.

Should the Sabres Go After Ryan Callahan?

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  • Labbatt

    Well written cc. My vote is yes! I would love him to come in and be a positive role model for our youth. Any word on what Murry is up to? I know its only been a couple weeks, but it seems like he’s dropped off the face of the world..

    • Jes

      Ya man seems like he isn’t doing much. But looks like other teams are standing pat so can’t blame him for the inactivity.

      Off topic – anyone else here hear that Grigorenko signed with Tapara Finland team when he elected not to go down to juniors? And then NHL/Sabres shot it down or something??

      • Caitlin Campbell

        Yes sir i wrote about it yesterday- “NHL toying with Grigo”. The NHL shut down the transfer from the Remparts to the Finish team

        • Jes

          Shit sorry CC I didn’t read your article.

          • Caitlin Campbell

            No worries Jes!

          • Rob Dotzler

            Slacker… ;-)

          • Jes

            Lol thanks Rob.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      Thanks for the read Labbatt!
      I did predict in one of my previous posts that Murray would be quiet for the next little while until he finds the right move to deal. Quiet is good in this case I believe

  • David Clark

    Callahan is an upgraded version of Ott… he does the things you mention as Ott’s strengths, while bringing more offensive upside and similar sandpaper to the ice. If the Sabres decide to deal Ott (I’ve read in several spots that they intend to keep him, but the offers are getting better as time goes on), then signing Callahan or someone like him is an absolute must! I’m also not against us trading any of our current UFAs and bringing one or two back in the offseason. Doug Weight and Keith Tkachuk, I believe, both did that in their careers.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      hmm that’s a good point- I hear the Sabres are getting lots of calls over Ott, if they can get Callahan signed then I’d probably deal Ott

      • Jes

        How can that happen? They both hit free agency in the summer. Unless your talking about an Ott for Callahan deal I don’t see how they can sign Callahan and then deal Ott.

        • Caitlin Campbell

          The Sabres would have to deal Ott first

    • Jes

      I’d honestly sign both. Imagine how much sandpaper we’d be playing with those 2 in the lineup every game.

  • JHizzle75

    Absolutely! If he was willing to sign with Buffalo…no question. He’s the only thing I like about watching the Rangers. Lol
    On another topic, I would just like to mention that Hockey Day in Canada is being televised from my home town tomorrow! Going to go see the HHOF tonight and hopefully get my picture with the Stanley Cup. Pretty pumped !

    • Jes

      Don’t touch it or we will not win it.

      • JHizzle75

        Ha ha ha! I know the drill.
        I’ll just stand beside it. Lol

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I’ve always been a fan of Callahan’s game don’t watch much Rangers hockey but when I do he’s one of the guys who grabs my attention- would love to see him in blue and gold.
      Nice enjoy!

  • David Reaper Boehringer

    we need right wingers who will be perductive

    • Caitlin Campbell

      and he will be perductive and a leader

      • Jes

        Isn’t it productive?

        • Caitlin Campbell

          hahah it is indeed- just messing around in the comments

  • Jes

    Oh ya Sabres will make a pitch if he does hit free agency. He will improve the offense by a few extra goals but with Nolan coaching this team it definitely won’t be 30 goals. It’ll be closer to the 20 goal mark, if that. I’d make a case for Girardi as well because we can then get rid of go no where defensemen in Weber, Sulzer and McBain.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      Nolan required hard work, he’s not going to stop guys from scoring IMO. I don’t blame Leino’s lack of scoring on him. Guys that are scorers are going to score

    • Joe

      I agree with caitlin scorers will score. Im not really sure y u have this feeling that nolan coaches defense and wat not. If its bc of his past look at it has he ever had an all star team? No he hasnt so obviously if u dont have goalscorers like the sabres now we wont be winning games by a mile and score like crazy

      • Jes

        Our goal scorers were scoring on a regular basis when Rolston was here. And since he left we’ve been averaging a little over a goal a game. So ya Nolan does teach defense over offense. Have no clue how you don’t see that. Callahan won’t get 30 goals here. Unless we got a Crosby type of player to feed him the puck that ain’t happening.

        • Caitlin Campbell

          We also had Vanek during most of Rolston’s time this season. Personally I’d rather have a team that has a defencive system and style of play in stead of a team that doesn’t have any system at all.

          • Jes

            That makes no sense. We and every other team out there has a system.

            Defensive system is so boring to watch so I personally don’t like it. It’s all well and good to play defense when your up in a game but the way we play it’s nothing but 2-1 games.

          • Caitlin Campbell

            I just don’t buy that Nolan is hurting our scorers. Either scorers score or they don’t period IMO

          • Jes

            You couldn’t be more wrong about that CC. Just ask Kovalchuck. He went from an offensive minded team in the Thrashers where he was a regular 4-50 goal scorer to a defensive minded team in New Jersey where he never reached 40 goals once. In fact I believe his average was 30 goals a year. That’s a huge step down for one of the best finishers in the league of all time. He did come close once with 37 but that’s as close as he would get and would end up being his highest output in a Devils uniform. So ya a defensive system opposed to an offensive system will have HUGE effects on the best of goal scorers.

            Your talking about Callahan scoring 30 goals and 50 points on a team that scores less then 2 goals a game? Selling him a little high, aren’t we? The guy has reached the 50 point plateau all but once in his career, and the 30 goal plateau 0 times with an offensively minded Rangers team. So HIGHLY UNLIKELY he produces 30 goals and 50 points on a 1 goal a game team in the Sabres. He won’t immensely improve our offense at all as you’ve stated in the poll. His offensive stats IMO wouldn’t be to much better then Ott’s on this team.

          • Caitlin Campbell

            The Sabres are a 1 goal a game team because they don’t have anyone who can score consistently. If we still had Vanek we’d be doing better on the scoreboard- Aside from Moulson no one on this team is a consistant goal scorer right now. Get this team some offencive talent and the scoring issue will be gone.

            But I do think they will be a defencively minded team going forward with the talent they have on the blue line right now.

          • lee Munn

            What would you rather have a Boston like system (as you say ‘boring’ winning 2-1) or an Edmonton system & loose 6-4 every game… I am sorry but I agree with CC & would much rather win.

        • Joe

          Ruff coached defense first and players like vanek and briere still scored so ur point is invalid

          • Jes

            Ya defense first when we were the highest scoring team in the league while rolling four lines of pure offense? Ya bud that doesn’t add up.

            Once the Briere/Drury left Ruff changed his approach to basically rolling two lines so ya your point is invalid bud. Sorry to say I respectfully disagree.

  • Ben Chalker

    He’s pretty much a local kid too

    • Caitlin Campbell

      that could work

    • Jes

      Yup with the concentration the sabres have had on homegrown kids wouldn’t be surprised at least a big pitch coming Callahan’s way from the Sabres in the offseason

      • Caitlin Campbell

        I really hope they do send at least a pitch up to the kid- couldn’t hurt IMO

        • Ben Chalker

          Can you imagine that guy on a line with Girgensons…

  • Jes

    This is what I like to see the Sabres do between now and start of next season….

    1. Trade Miller
    2. Trade Tallinder
    3. Trade or resign Moulson
    4. Let McCormick, Sulzer, Konopka, D’Agostini, Omark and Porter walk.
    5. Resign big John Scott
    6. Trade Foligno
    7. Give Enroth the starters role
    8. Sign Girardi and Callahan
    9. Get rid of McBain and Weber

    • Caitlin Campbell

      my only objections are 1, 5 and 6

      • lee Munn

        I agree with you completely CC. #6/ Lets see what Foligno can bring us once we have a few stronger players & plays more (we would not get more than a 4th rd yet for him – then have to wait 4 yrs to see if that 4th rd would ever play) #5/ I would rather have a few better players be our tough man than a player who plays 5 min (40 gms a year & a point every 100 gms) He may be cool & very likable but the talent is not there/ & #1/ IF… (big if) we could resign Miller I would not be disappointed, but with future goalies of Makarov/Ullmark, I would not be upset if we got a quality trade on him & play Enroth/Hackett for 2+ years while team is rebuilding… One other I might hold onto is #9 Keeping McBain (he is a RFA- sign him for 2-3 yrs contract simalar to Webers) for a year or 2 while Risto/McCabe/Zaderov grow into full timers… you have to keep a few players for Injury

        • Caitlin Campbell

          I still think Foligno has the skils to be a solid 2nd liner on the rebuilding Sabres and maybe a solid 3rd liner on a competitive team. I don’t trust Enroth as the starter but I wouldn’t mind him and Hackett if it means we get closer to the future between the pipes

        • Rob Dotzler

          RE: #5. He has more goals or equal to a few of our other regulars. (Should I have just said point?)

          • Jes

            Great point Rob. I’d take Scott over a lot of the garbage we have on this team.

      • JHizzle75

        So you want to keep Miller AND give Enroth the starters role?

        • Caitlin Campbell

          I don’t think Enroth should be the fulltime start

          • JHizzle75

            So then you dis
            agree with 7 also, CC

          • Caitlin Campbell

            yes, I didn’t see 7 originally.

        • JHizzle75

          u disagree with 7 also

    • JHizzle75

      What about Ott? Here’s an idea… Just an idea, don’t jump down my throat here, Jes. Lol.
      Resign Ott. Resign Foligno. Trade for Nick Foligno….Boom! There’s a line nobody messes with AND can score. How about them apples ??????

      • Jes

        LOL I don’t know what’s with the Sabres and “Homegrown Talent?” Seriously Marcus isn’t good at all. He had that one little spurt at the end of the year once since then he has fell off the face of the planet. The guy seems like a career third/fourth liner. Nick Foligno I like but I honestly hate this hole Foligno business. Just because there dad looked good in a Sabres uniform doesn’t mean they will. Nick Foligno unlike Marcus isn’t overrated. Lot’s of Sabres fans including many of the posters/writers on here overrate Marcus.

        So naw I don’t like them apples.

        Instead I’d package Marcus with whatever else the Jackets want for Gaborik. Sign him to a contract. A contract that would have to be detailed around injuries also. Bonuses and such if he plays so many games and what not. Kind of like Iggy’s contract instead on performance it’s based on games played. Resign Moulson.

        Next years first line….

        Moulson – Hodgson – Gaborik

        That’s a number one line to build around. Centers are hard to find especially first line centers so I doubt we find anything better then Hodgson for a first line center. I’d also think about trading Ennis. He’s got talent but I just think he isn’t really for this team.

        • JHizzle75

          Just to clarify, the Foligno bros and Ott would be our 3rd line.

          • Jes

            Oh ok ya still naw. Don’t care for the Foligno brothers much. Maybe when Foligno was lighting it up in his first year but seems like he has pulled a Stafford on us. Only reason fans haven’t turned on him is because of his last name.

          • JHizzle75

            You’re a tough nut to crack, Jes.
            Lol. You can’t even admit that would be a great 3rd line…..
            C’MON MAN ! Lol

          • Jes

            It’d be a good 3rd line grit wise. I don’t think they’d score all that much.

          • JHizzle75

            I think they would score more than most 3rd lines. Nick would obviously be the go-to guy and I’m sure Marcus and Nick would have great chemistry. Not Sedin-like chemistry, but still chemistry.

          • Jes

            I don’t think they’ll have great chemistry. Just because there brothers doesn’t mean they’ll have chemistry. And I doubt they’d score more then most 3rd lines.

        • Caitlin Campbell

          There is no way you can say Foligno is overrated just yet Jes- give the kid some time. He’s 22 and is in his 2nd NHL season. Have to give a powerforward like Foligno at least 3-4 season’s before they come into form.

    • davidmuscalo

      I am sure glad you are not the GM! Except for numbers 2 and 8. you way out there in left field.

      • Jes

        LOL hahahaha he’s a funny one mr. muscalo…

        Easily better then any of your suggestions. Let’s resign Miller even though he shows no signs of being good in non-Olympic/contract years (y). Keep weber? Lol My God man do you watch hockey lol hahaha. Keep talking Bucko. Just make yourself look a little less intelligent every time you decide to pick a fight.

        It’s one thing to disagree with a person. It’s a whole different thing to insult the guy while disagreeing with him. Something you and someone else on these boards has in common. Exactly what I have decided to do with you here, since you did it with me, I’ll do it with you.

        • davidmuscalo

          You need to follow your own advice. Your comments are often denigrating and abrasive. I suggest you consider adjusting your attitude before condemning others.

          • Jes

            Lol your a funny guy Mr. Muscalo.

            How are my comment denigrating and abrasive? The only time it get’s like that is when people like YOU get like that with me. Read your own post before you start saying follow your own advice. Instead of saying shit like oh I’m glad your not our GM your way out in left field you can easily say I disagree with you and give an explanation to why you disagree instead of just insulting the guy. I should follow my own advice? I am I didn’t say shit to you until you started to insult me. So seriously consider adjusting your attitude before condemning others;).

          • davidmuscalo

            I see now you are resorting to profanity; I will not lower my self to that level.

          • Jes

            Lol keep talking

          • Rob Dotzler

            Reminds me of the time when I was 5 and wrote a 4 letter word in chalk on a friends sidewalk 46 years ago. I had to go back with a bucket of water and scrub brush. After it was gone, I had to apologize to the parents. It rained that night, making my apology pointless. Much like David’s point, your argument remains valid as he took himself out of the equation since he had nothing to add to the discussion.

          • Jes

            Thanks Rob.

          • Rob Dotzler

            You’re more than welcome Jes. At least you have something to say that’s relevant. I enjoy CC’s comments, but I also enjoy your take on things. David had NOTHING to advance the discussion and that’s too bad, all he could offer was discourse. I know I’m not adding anything either, but you shouldn’t be attacked over your thoughts on the subject. I’m a Sabre’s fan with a very set clock on my time on this planet. I’d rather hear (or read) someone’s point of view if it has any relevance instead of a snark response to an opinion. That being said, it’s time for the Sabres to MOVE their asses, I’d like to see them win a cup before I have to see it from heaven.

          • Jes

            I think you’ll see that cup 2-5 years time if they do the rebuild right. Again this only happens if Murray sticks to his words and becomes a draft heavy team and when it all falls together and add those vets that will make difference in the playoffs.

  • Jeff in Chicago

    Callahan is a player in the mold of a Drury. and most of us Sabres fans have a certain place in our hearts for #23. the Sabres will most likely deal Ott, Moulson and Miller by the deadline. Ott may re-sign after 7/1. Moulson will likely be gone and Miller is already gone. Vanek won’t re-sign as he has stated that he- like Miller- wants a chance to win now.
    SIGN CALLAHAN. get some picks for the 3 aforementioned and keep building a team that, regardless of record (at least short-term), will make its fans proud.
    the dream of course would be (simply through losing the only remaining quality, veteran talent they have) to finish last next year as well and GET CONNOR MCDAVID IN 2015. you get him and Callahan, and combine them with hitting on a few other high draft picks and savvy trades/signings, you can pretty much prepare for a good decade of the Buffalo Sabres being perennial contenders. THEN we will see the Stanley Cup.

    • Rob Dotzler

      Is this what it’s about, a cup? Jebus, I thought it was about selling cups, cups of beer and soda. Are we to believe this is about more than selling tickets and beer? Madness I tell you, madness!

  • davidmuscalo

    Of course, the Sabres should go after Callahan. Wouldn’t it be poetic justice if Callahan opted to accept and offer from the Sabres because he was a Sabres fan while growing up just as Drury accepted and off from the Rangers ostensibly because he was a Rangers fan growing up.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      It would be pretty sweet if he became a Sabre

      • Rob Dotzler

        High fructose corn syrup level sweet.