Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.
Callahan reax: Initial "shock"; thought extension would get done
Some fast excerpts from Ryan Callahan interview on TSN:
"Extremely excited...I'm going to a great organization, heard nothing from good things from players who’ve played there…they’re in the playoff hunt, which is big."
On willingness to re-sign there:
"Right now you just get down there and get settled and get used to my surroundings, once that happens, I’m open to anything if there’s contract talks; if not, we’ll see what happens in July."
"I truly thought we would work something out that worked for both sides. I said all along I wanted to stay there, but it’s part of the business. I have nothing but great things to say about the Rangers."
Will he look back in regret if sides were clsoe on $$$
"I wouldn’t call it regret, I have a family here, worried about getting them settled; …after letting it all sink in, I’m excited to go to Tampa.
About fitting in:
"It’s tough, I never experienced it (a trade) before. I’m just going to be myself, that’s what gotten me to this point, acting how I act on the ice, hopefully they welcome me with open arms."