Buzz: Pierre LeBrun and Bob McKenzie on Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi

Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi, Yankee StadiumOn NHL Live this afternoon, Dave Maloney asked Bob McKenzie about the status of Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi.

On Ryan Callahan, “It doesn’t seem that they are close but I do know that Steve Bartlett, the agent for Ryan Callahan, touched base with the Rangers today but I wouldn’t suggest that it was substantive contract negotiations. Right now the two sides seem far apart. The sense is that Ryan Callahan is looking for a seven-year deal of upwards of $6.5 million per year, somewhere between $6.5 and $7 million per year. I think the New York Rangers are prepared to give him $6 million and maybe a bit more than $6 but maybe on a lesser term. We will see how this plays out. I know the Rangers have been kind of working on the deadline of trying to solve this before the Olympic break.”

On Dan Girardi, “similar kind of situation. There is a little bit more optimism that they will get a deal done with him and there has been some dialogue over the last 24-48 hours on Girardi’s contract but I don’t think it’s necessarily imminent either.”

Pierre LeBrun said on TSN 1050′s Game Night with Mike Hogan, that he spoke with a member of the Rangers last night who said that this is the best the Rangers have played in the past few years but that he knows that everything surrounding the team right now is part of the business side of things.

LeBrun said, “I talked to one player on the Rangers who said that he just couldn’t believe, this was the best he remembers this team playing in a couple of years and that it’s really too bad that this is all happening but he understands that it’s a business.”

When asked what the Rangers would do with Callahan and Girardi, LeBrun said, “If I had to predict I think they are willing to bite the bullet on one but not both.  I checked with Callahan’s agent today so it was nothing close. It just seems to me that if the Rangers want 5 years and Callahan wants 7 isn’t there a number in between? The salary is a sticking point too. The Rangers aren’t prepared to go above $6.5. This one has been split for me. I totally understand why the Rangers, don’t want to give 7 years to guy who eats pucks for a living. 7 years is a long time and that body may get older sooner. If you are Cally and have seen the Rangers overspend, how does it make you feel to get your pay day and it’s not happening. I would say that of the two Girardi has a better chance of getting signed.”




13 comments
Toby Ludorf
Toby Ludorf

DG must stay. Cally must go if he still want over 5 Mil.

haven
haven

This crap is just sickening, these players dont have the least bit of care whether or not we really compete for a Cup and Henks massively ridiculous contract was just the begigning for proving that and the domino effect for everybody else ready to do the same thing. After all is said and done signing Henk, Cally & Girardi, we get nowhere and will be at the cap limit, still lacking 1 more true scorer at least before we're deep enough to be cup worthy. Meanwhile if all 3 players just signed for 1.5 mil less like they should have, we maybe could grab a nice forward like Radim Vrbata. We are not talented enough, Sather seems to be ok with remaining the same.

John Khantzian
John Khantzian

IF Callahan gets 6 or more million it'll be the a crime a major one at that.

Dan Logiacco
Dan Logiacco

Callahan is being selfish he wants goal scoring money and he has only scored more then 25 goals once and hes injury prone

Jimmy Reilly
Jimmy Reilly

What kid is replacing the 25 minutes a night Dan Girardi plays every night

cunny
cunny

The teams playing well, don't trade either, even if you let them walk. Rental trade deals are always disappointing -- let's see what this team can do.

Dennis Kuflik
Dennis Kuflik

Trade them both and bring up a couple of kids to replace them both.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@haven Good points. Sather did give Lundqvist too much in terms of years and $$$. Pretty sure Lundqvist would have signed for $7m at 6 years. As for Callahan and Girardi, signing them to long term deals at the price they are requesting would put the Rangers in the same situation they had with Wade Redden and Chris Drury.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

Sather will not trade either player unless he feels its in the best interest of the team. With that being said; Sather also will not let either player control the neg. to the point of them being in control. The Rangers will survive and move on if both or either are traded as many past players who were much better than Girardi and or Callahan have been traded away. I agree with that there is no one in Hartford who can replace Girardi's minutes right now. However; if Sather does give both that long term deal, he will have another Wade Redden and Chris Drury problem all over again.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@cunny  I would agree with you if the Rangers were as good as they were in 2011. However; this is not the case, so holding on to them and then letting them walk without compensation is just plain crazy. If Sather can find the right team with the right players, he will make the deal for both players and the Rangers will move on. This is not giving up on the season, as it could possibly be moves that could improve the team for this season and also for the future.

cunny
cunny

@Michael Stewart @cunny  Crazy? What exactly do you think we'll get for either of them? Look at past years and what teams get when they're selling rentals. What do you think the Islanders are gonna get for Vanek? I don't think it will be much, and then what we would get for Cally would obviously be worse. We have a good team, lets go try and win and not worry about missing out on a 2nd round draft pick.

cunny
cunny

@Michael Stewart @cunny  First of all, trading both of them - no matter the return - would be crazy. I'd be open to trading Callahan if the trade were a legitimate hockey trade. But deals like that rarely happen at the deadline for rentals, particularly in a year when a guy like Vanek will be for sale. What do you think the Islanders are going to get for him? Whatever you think their haul will be, the Ranger's haul will be much worse if they trade Callahan. The team is playing well, and are only in the position they are in position of a ridiculously horrible start. Since December this team has been very, very good. Let's not worry ourselves about missing out on a 2nd round draft pick and a prospect who will never be more than a bottom 6 nobody. Let's go for it this spring.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@cunny @Michael Stewart I'm sure in hockey like in other sports, if a team is interested in one of your players, the team that is trading that players will grant a team  permission to speak with that particular player. If the interesting team and the player come to a verbal agreement on a long term deal, then the "rental tag" would be removed and the value of that player increases. Sather will not trade either player unless he feels confident in the package of players he gets back in return. If not, then holding on to them makes sense. Don't think for a second that Girardi and Callahan are the main cogs on the Rangers and without them this team can't be as good or even better. Both of these players have a lot of wear and tear on their bodies and at 28 and 29 years old respectfully, I believe their production will decline each year moving forward. Again, in 1994 the Rangers were playing well and in 1st place (elite team) and trading away Amonte, Gardner and Weight for players they felt would give them a better chance to advance deeper in the playoffs. Furtunately; it paid off and the Rangers won the cup. Could they have won the cup that year if they held onto Amonte, Gardner and Weight? we will never know. This team might be playing well now, but they still need to make another move or two to be considered an elite team in the league. Right now, they are not.