An unexpected name has turned up amongst NHL trade rumors, New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan. According to a report on ESPN.com, Callahan's name has been floated out of fear that the Rangers couldn't lock up their captain with a contract extension before he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
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For the Rangers to even consider moving Callahan is baffling. Callahan, who will be a member of the men's U.S. Olympic hockey team for the second team this year, is the heart and soul of the franchise.

He's a New York native, and he was a Rangers draft pick, so he's homegrown. He turns 29 this year, right in the heart of his prime. He's a classic do-everything over-achiever, serving as a stellar penalty killer, and creating shifts in momentum and sparks in energy by leveling big hits, blocking shots and creating turnovers.

He's always making a play, whether it gets tallied on the score sheet or not, and you could never try to accuse him of being selfish, unmotivated, or unfocused. In other words, he's the perfect captain, and the ideal leader for a team.

In all likelihood, whomever the undisclosed sources are within the Rangers office, they are merely letting it be known that they won't be bulled over in negotiations. That they won't succumb to a mega-deal that they don't feel is warranted because Callahan has all of the leverage.