When the Colorado Avalanche come to the Garden tonight, it'll be the first of 3 games in 4 nights for The New York Rangers. The final game of this stretch–in Pittsburgh on Friday–is the Blueshirts last contest before a different set of games–those of the Olympic variety–begin. In between those two, the Rangers will host floundering Edmonton on Thursday.
The Avalanche enter tonights contest on a 4-game winning streak, and at 36-14-5 overall. Vezina candidate Semyon Varlamov (28-9-5, .925 SV%, 2.43 GAA), will be in net for Colorado, while Paul Stastny is questionable with an ankle injury.
Patrick Roy's young Avs have been one of the NHL's biggest surprises. Roy's troops are fast and can score (2.98 goals per game), but their record is largely the product of inspired play from Varlamov, who's considered the the team MVP thus far. Colorodo, despite all their offense, actually gets outshot by an average of about 3 per game.
With 20 days between games due to the events in Sochi, the 3 games in 4 nights represents the Rangers last chance to build on a 14-5-1 stretch before a mini-vacation threatens to sap them of their momentum. With a victory tonight, the Blueshirts can accomplish something they haven't done all season: Win 4 games in a row.
As Ryan Callahan Turns
Remember the good old days when Ryan Callahan only wanted 7 years at $6 million a year? Turns out, the Captain's demands are actually 7 years at between $6.5 and $7 million, per TSN. That works out to somewhere between $45.5 and $49 million overall.
To put Callahan's recent requests in perspective, an annual cap hit between $6.5 and 7 million is more than that of the Sedin twins, Henrik Zetterberg, and Patrick Sharp, and would make him similarly compensated to Pavel Datsyuk. This for a player whose career high in points is 54.
Update: Callahan's demands now to include the sun, moon, and stars.
If he's serious about sticking to his contract requests, than it's apparent he's made up his mind and is set on testing the market this summer. And if Callahan really does believe he's worth that much, Glen Sather should cut his losses, and take the best offer available (the Blues proposal including Chris Stewart is still on the table), because with the cap going up to a projected $71 million next year, Callahan will get the Looney Tune money he desires somewhere–it just won't be in New York.
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