On 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.”