Metros Exploring Callahan Trade Optionsby Chris Baker | January 24, 2018, 9:49 AM ET
DENVER, CO -- The Toronto Metropolitans are taking calls on winger Ryan Callahan, whom many around the SICHL believe may be moved prior to the league’s trade deadline.
Callahan, who turns 32 on Mar. 21, is making a paltry $2.5 million this season and will become an unrestricted free agent at season’s end.
With the continued strong play of another fellow veteran in centerman Henrik Sedin, the Metros now find themselves with a decision to ponder on which (if either) player will garner a “franchise player” designation in the offseason.
Coming into the season, it was always assumed that Callahan would be “franchised” and Sedin able to walk as an unrestricted free agent. Now, that assumption doesn’t seem to be so certain.
Through 37 games this season, Sedin finds himself 5th in team scoring with three goals and 17 points, while Callahan – granted playing more of a shutdown role – has 5 goals and 11 points with one more game played. The fact that Callahan carries a team worst, minus-6 rating and Sedin currently sits 2nd -1 point behind- Nick Foligno's plus-10 is also a point of contention for management.
“Everybody else is more concerned about it than I am,” Callahan told reporters after the morning skate. “I’d be lying to you if I told you it hasn’t crossed my mind. Everybody thinks about their future. Everybody does. To a certain extent in our business, it’s out of your hands (so) I try not to think about it.”
Metros GM Chris Baker has held discussions with some of his counterparts about Callahan, though it’s unclear which teams have directly spoken with the Metros about the winger.