During a pre game chat with John Giannone, Brad Richards described the day by saying “it’s different because Cally has been unbelievable to me here and has become a good friend and teammate…everyone knows my relationship with Marty so…I just hope it works out for both of them. I know Cally is going to a great spot and he will love it down there.”
After the game, Richards said on MSG “It was the first time I had a good friend coming and a good friend leaving which is very bizarre. It’s a weird feeling. You aren’t happy or sad and just sitting there wondering how to react and what to say to Cally. It’s a tough day for him and as an organization we got a great human being, a great leader and a great player so we move on and he will add to this group nicely.
Henrik Lundqvist said after the game, “It was a little bit shocking though there was a lot of talk about Cally. It’s tough to see him leave. He has been a great teammate, friend and player for this team for so many years. In the end this is the way we decided to go as a team. I am really excited about having Marty here, such a skilled player and a great guy too. It’s such a mixed feeling right now, to get to play with a player like that and then see a good friend and teammate leave so…I’m not really sure how to feel right now.”
Ryan McDonagh said on MSG, “I think our group was pretty good about moving past the deadline and being focused. It was kind of the same routine for us. Went about our meetings and just prepared, these are important games for us. We gotta, we can’t make mistakes defensively and with breakdown. We need to work harder to get inside and get those rebounds offensively.
Derek Stepan said “you try to understand that this is the way the business works. It takes some time to grasp a hold of it and it will be a different room for sure. I will miss him. I wish him all the best and we get a player in return and hopefully find a way to win hockey games down the stretch here. We need to focus on that.”
Stepan added that the Rangers leaders rallied the group to focus on the game at hand and trying to get two points.
8:56PM: Carl Hagelin spoke with Al Trautwig in the second period and said:
What are you talking about with MSL and Richards, “just small things, give and gos. They are two smart player who have played the game for a long time so they are giving me advice but they are also telling each other where to go and what to do as well.
What do you feel playing with MSL, “he is so easy to play with, he is quick, makes a lot of plays and gets pucks as well.
7:53PM: Ryan McDonagh spoke with Al Trautwig and said:
On MSL, You can see his playmaking ability, skating ability and quick release. Him and Richie seem to be clicking and Hags is doing well on that line.
On being distracted the last two games, “I don’t think so. Those were two tough and physical games and we gave ourselves a chance to win and it just got away from us.”
Did you talk to Cally, “you wish you good look and thank him for what he taught me individually as the captain, how he prepared every game and then played on the ice. It was tough to see him go but it’s part of the game.
6:41PM: Ryan McDonagh said on MSG, “we are getting a big time leader in St. Louis back and our group has to roll with it here and we are still trying to accomplish something as a group and we have to trust the coaching staff and management to get the best for us to be successful.”
6:30PM: On MSG, Brad Richards said:
What has today been like, “it’s different because Cally has been unbelievable to me here and has become a good friend and teammate…everyone knows my relationship with Marty so…I just hope it works out for both of them. I know Cally is going to a great spot and he will love it down there.”
On Marty St. Louis, “he is one of the top 5 players in the world and when you bring that talent level it makes your team more dangerous. It adds more experience, he has won a Stanley Cup and a Gold Medal and he knows what it takes to win in this league so it can only help our locker room on and off the ice.”
How do you make sure this doesn’t become a distraction, “we have to make sure that we do our job and keep playing the way we play. Marty can help, he just wants to fit into the system. It’s not a 1 man show or watching one game, we need to get back to work and get winning again here.”
4:02PM: San Jose and the Rangers were “pretty far down the road” on a trade for Ryan Callahan. (Pierre LeBrun)
The Sharks and Blue Jackets were both considered plan B options for the Rangers if the deal with Tampa Bay couldn’t get done. (Darren Dreger)
2:19PM: Ryan Callahan joined James Duthie on TSN to talk about the trade:
How surprised, “It’s still tough. It was an option if I didn’t sign with New York and no matter how prepared you think you are, you hear that you have been traded and its a shock.”
On TB, “I’m extremely excited. Going to a great organization, great owner, great GM. I have heard nothing of good things from players who played there. and they are in the playoff hunt so I am looking forward to getting down there.”
On being open to a contract in TB, “I think right now you get down there and get settled and once that happens I am open for anything. If it’s contract talks it is otherwise we see what happens in July.”
Did you think it would be done, “I did, I truly thought we would work something that works for both sides. I said all along that I wanted to stay here and get a deal done and it was the truth. It’s part of the business and we couldn’t find a deal that works for both sides. I part ways with NY I have nothing but great things to say about the organization. Everyone has been great to me. I have lifelong friends from teammates in the organization. I have nothing but great things to say about the Rangers.”
Was there regret, “I wouldn’t call it regret. Just initial shock. A lot going through my head. I have a family here and worried about them and getting situated. After letting it all sink in I am excited to go to Tampa.”
On walking into the TB room, “It’s tough. I have never experienced a trade before. I have seen it in NY. I will be myself and that is what has gotten me to this place, acting like I do on and off the ice.”
1:46PM: “Callahan and Rangers were really close at the end, just $200,000 apart a year or so… lack of NTC in deal apparently big issue though…”(LeBrun)
1:08PM: “End of the day, Rangers stood firm at $6 mil x 6 yrs. Callahan dropped to $6.25, but, NYR essentially ended negotiations on Tues.” (Darren Dreger)
1:03PM: Callahan asked for EIGHT-YEARS and $7.5 million late in the summer, “should be marked as the starting point for his New York departure.” (Darren Dreger)
11:32AM: The Rangers and Callahan were within “spitting distance” as of this morning but the Rangers changed their direction. (Katie Strang)
11:09AM: Callahan is still on the ice at Rangers practice. (TSN)
11:07AM: Nothing imminent on the Callahan contract front. (Mark Spector)
“Callahan’s camp moved again on $$ yesterday and 2 sides are awfully close, yet still no deal. Starting to feel headed in diff direction” (Katie Strang)
9:28AM: Things with Ryan Callahan could go either way at this point. (Larry Brooks)
8:38AM: The Rangers and Callahan have grown closer but it’s decision time for the Rangers: trade him or sign him. (Pierre LeBrun)
8:11AM: Things are quiet right now on Callahan and the Rangers. (John Shannon)
7AM: “lots of options for Glen Sather and the Rangers are considering which is not surprising. What might be surprising is that Callahan has softened to a point that the likely hood and possibility that he signs with the Rangers and remains the captain. There are a lot of balls in the air, possibility of him signing is real just as it is of him trading.” (Darren Dreger on NHL Live)
6:54PM: The Rangers and Ryan Callahan have been talking all day but there is no deal imminent for Callahan. (ESPN NY)
3:29PM: The Rangers and Callahan are trying to get a six-year deal done today and continue to exchange proposals. (Nick Kypreos)
3:24PM: It’s getting close to make or break time with Callahan, “close gap and get contract done…or failing that, move him.” (Bob McKenzie)
3:07PM: “status quo” with Ryan Callahan and nothing new to report. (Kevin Weekes)
2:48PM: The Rangers and Callahan are “inching towards” a new contract but they aren’t there yet. (Bob McKenzie)
2:33PM: ““everybody is talking, both sides are talking and as long as people are talking I remain optimistic. He is the captain of this team and I would take him as my captain any day of the week.” (Vigneault)
9:18AM: While it was reported yesterday that Ryan Callahan has lowered his demands from seven years to six years and from $7 million plus per season to a number south of $6.5 million, the sense, according to Katie Strang, is that there is still a lot of work to be done before the Rangers and Callahan come to terms on a contract extension.
The Rangers have offered Callahan six years and $6 million per season and are reportedly not going to budge off of that.
Bob McKenzie said on NHL Live last night that there are two ways to look at the contract situation:
On coming to terms on a deal: “Glen Sather spends that much on lunch on July 1 sometimes, it shouldn’t be a problem, split the difference and call it a day and there we go boom, you’re done, keep the captain in the fold and everything is wonderful.”
On not coming to terms, “The flip side is that Callahan believes he can get a lot more going to open market and he is already sacrificing earning power by staying and taking a lesser deal. The New York Rangers already feel, I think, that they are overpaying a guy that is a $5.5, $5.75 and that they are going the extra mile by going to $6 million a year. So it’s gonna be interesting to see where it goes. I don’t know that either side has that much wiggle room but we have a little less than 48 hours to see if they can get something done.”
Pierre LeBrun said last night that Callahan feels that he has made his move in conceding on some of his demands and now the ball is in the Rangers court.
10:33PM Callahan’s latest offer was $6.3 per year and the Rangers rejected it. ( TFP)
9:07PM: “the Ryan Callahan camp has moved and they have been doing the moving as of late. He has gone from seven years to six years, which was a major sticking point, they have reduced their asking price to south of $6.5 million. Really, there is less than half a million a year difference between the Rangers offer of $6 million a year times six vs Callahan’s latest offer. As far as Callahan is concerned it is up to the Rangers to respond to the offer that was made on Friday. The clock is ticking, most people around the Rangers feel that they will not budge from 6 times 6, Callahan feels he has just made his move.” (Pierre LeBrun on Insider Trading)
7:55PM: Callahan’s agent has presented the Rangers with their latest proposal and is awaiting a response. (NY Post)
7:01PM: “There have been some negotiations in the last number of days and where Ryan Callahan was originally asking for a seven year deal in excess of $7 million per year, it’s now down to six years at somewhere just south of $6.5 million dollars per year. The Rangers have recently extended an offer of six years and $6 million per year. What we are really talking about is less than half a million per year over a six year period, or under $3 million dollars.” (Bob McKenzie on NHL Live)
5:15PM: “I don’t usually use twitter as a public opinion tool but I can tell you that when we tweeted out the info of less than $6.5 and a $500,000 difference per year to bridge the gap, the response from New York Rangers fans was off the charts….$6 is too much, six years is too much and it was really vehement.” (Bob McKenzie on TSN 1050)