The Final Grade: Joe Callahan

Each day we are going to give you the Final Grade on the Florida Panthers roster. The members here known as The Rat Pack will rotate daily until we have completed our assessment of bodies talent players. Today’s Final Grade Report is on Joe Callahan

How Acquired: Signed as a free agent on August 3rd, 2010.

Position: Defense

2010-2011 Season Stats:
Florida: 27 Games: 0 goals, 1 assist, 1 point, -1
Rochester: 48 Games: 4 goals, 9 assists, 13 points, -13

2011-2012 Contract Situation: Unrestricted Free Agent.

Review: Joe Callahan was signed at the midway point of the off-season by the Panthers with the intent of plugging a hole on the defensive line. The thought process which went into his signing was that the Panthers had an empty spot on their blueline which needed to be filled, and Callahan was a quick fix with a small price tag. Originally, before coming to the Panthers, Callahan had spent the last few seasons travelling from team to team, unable to find a permanent home. Even when he had a team to play for, his role was not clear as he bounced around between the NHL and the AHL. When the season started, management was not confident enough in his play, and had him start in the minors. His first call up to the Panthers was on November 24th, 2011. He managed to stick around for only two games, before heading back to the Rochester Americans. The trade deadline saw the Panthers move guys like Bryan McCabe and Bryan Allen from the blueline, which finally give Joe his spot on the Panthers bench. He finished the remaining 20 games of the regular season with the Panthers, only picking up 1 assist in the second last game of the season. He was an average +1 on the blueline. The fact that he was only signed to a 525,000 contract by Panthers organization proved that they had little expectations of him, and they got what they paid for.

Overall Grade: D The purpose of Callahan signing with the team was simply as I said before, to plug a hole. It was a good heads up play by management to sign him, as they needed him on the blueline after their deadline deals. Sadly, for Joe, the fact is only for the fact that the Panthers needed him, he wouldn’t really see much time anywhere else in the NHL. His one-year contract means that we can now cut our ties with him, and have that much more salary to use this off-season. Personally, with the money the Panthers have to play with this offseason I do not see his returning to the team.

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