Buzz: The final push to sign Ryan Callahan/Why he went to six years/Agent knows he will get money (Updates)

Ryan Callahan10:33PM 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)

“There are two ways of looking at it: (Bob McKenzie on NHL Live)

  • “wow, 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.”
  • “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. It obviously depends what the trade market holds for the Rangers with Callahan.”

6:18PM: “the latest is that there is an ongoing negotiation that is not surprising to most who have followed the Ryan Callahan negotiation with the Rangers over time. There is a sense that Callahan’s camp is starting to soften a little bit. It’s believed that he has come off the seven year term and will accept a six year term but there is still a lot of work to be done between now and the March 5 deadline. Conventional wisdom says that he is still very much on the trade block and it’s more likely that he will be traded given the work that needs to be done in this negotiation but there is evidence that there is at least a softening at this stage. (Darren Dreger, TSN)

5:15PM: “It’s coming down, now it’s…I guess prior to the Olympic break he went down to six-years and said, ‘okay I will do six,’ but the number was still closer to $7 million. In the last number of days his reps have spoken to the Rangers and now it’s six-years, somewhere south of $6.5 million per year. The Rangers are offering six-years at $6 million. Can they both be unhappily happy at six-years and $6.25 and I am not sure that the answer to that is yes. I think the Rangers feel that he is their captain, they don’t want to lose him but this is still $500,000 more than we think we should be paying him.”  (Bob McKenzie on TSN 1050)

12:31PM: Ryan Callahan’s agent Stephen Bartlett says that he is going to put on “one last push” over the next 48 hours to sign a contract extension with the Rangers. He says that the two sides are still trying to find common ground. (USA Today)

Callahan’s contract numbers have dropped to six-years and something between $37  ($6.16 cap hit) and $39 million ($6.5 cap hit). (USA Today)

Bartlett says that Callahan’s first desire is to stay with the Rangers and that there are “friendships and loyalties.”  (USA Today)

Bartlett adds that since Dan Girardi signed for six-years Callahan would probably have to sign for six also. (USA Today)

If the Rangers can’t sign Callahan, Bartlett says “I have no worries of his value if he goes on the market this summer.”(USA Today)




26 comments
wally1616
wally1616

The hype regarding this overachiever non-point scorer is so played. Just sign him and get it over. The team is not going any further than the first round anyhow. 

Ronnie Sturm
Ronnie Sturm

I lost all respect the this guy I hope Sather trades him. Free up the money to get a real goal scorer. Plenty of third line guys out there.

nyr80
nyr80

300k difference, should get a deal done. I don't see him walking for 300k.

Matt Corbin
Matt Corbin

I feel the way Cally plays he is good for another 4 years max. Why don't we let him walk and just keep Richards. Richards produces a lot more than Callahan and can be the captain. I understand the Cap recapture clause, but callahan is going to be dead weight in a few years anyway.

Daniel Hizgilov
Daniel Hizgilov

Trade him, Sather's deal on the table was already too high.

mactruck
mactruck

Sather better not budge.  Cally can take a walk. He's not doing himself, the team or the fans any favors at anything north of $5.5m.

Jimmy P.
Jimmy P.

If he gets over 6$ million per lets hope the NHL raises the salary cap so we have a chance to bring someone in to actually put the puck in the net within the next 6 years.

Luis Barros
Luis Barros

Ranger fans, me included, are busting at Cally for his demands and his demands impact salary cap and as captain he should reduce his asking price. Lundqvist didn't do the Rangers any favors and didn't give the team a discount, so if I'm Cally I would probably be in the same position as him. He will probably wait until the last minute and sign the deal Ramgers have on the table.

Tikkanese Nyr
Tikkanese Nyr

FOR GOD'S SAKE, GLEN, DON'T DO IT!

I have a horrible feeling about this. How can he be serious about such a big contract for a 3rd liner whose production is way down?

mettle
mettle

Please do not sign him.  How does a team that battles every year for the last playoff spot have a core group?

bigb22
bigb22

This will be a great burden to us, even at 6 years @ $6M.  Please, stay away, Glen.  Trade.

nyr80
nyr80

@mactruck They are about 200k to 300k apart now. I doubt Cally will walk if they don't budge from the 6 million. Sadly I think 6.1 or 6.2 gets this done, and it will be overpaying for him either way. They agreed on the years which was the major thing. The annual came down as well, so they are close with that. The next 24 hours or so should be interesting

nyr80
nyr80

@Jimmy P. Cap should be going up like another 7 million, and should continue to do so.Cally already isa 4.2 million on the cap so this would be another 2 million there, we have some buried players coming off, and Sather is not going to sign all the UFA/RFA's So even with Richards not being bought out we could get another top 6 forward, imo.


shamroc
shamroc

You are probably right but by that time the deadline will pass and sather would have done nothing to address our Size problem

nyr80
nyr80

@Luis Barros they are about 300k or 400k apart, pretty similar to where Giradi was, so lets see how this plays out. 


I think fans are being bitter for a guy who played for this team, gave his effort every season but had bad luck with injuries. I rather keep Cally but don't want to overpay for him,  and honestly fans really don't know what a player is worth, it has become an opinion. I read somewhere that he should be making less now, I thought that was interesting. 


It seems what is going around is that everyone likes or loves Cally, wants him to stay, but at the right price. I also don't think this season should be analyzed of what he can do moving forward. He has been on pace for nearly 60 points prior to this one for 3 seasons in a row. If he plays more conservative he won't get hurt and he can put up those numbers, imho.


Also to add, I don't think 300k or 400k will be a huge difference amount for these parties to part ways. So lets hope he signs just for the 6 million and nothing more.

nyr80
nyr80

I don't get this whole 3rd line thing. He plays on one of the top 2 lines for as many seasons I can remember, logs in usually the most time by any forward and top 5 on 5 mins. 

k20sauce
k20sauce

I'm holding onto the belief that this is all just a ruse designed to make trading partners pony up just a little bit more....

mactruck
mactruck

@nyr80  I really hope Sather finally learned from his past mistakes.  Its just going to be more of the same for the next 6 years.  Over $20m tied up in 3 players is inexcusable in my opinion.

Danny Maloney
Danny Maloney

@nyr80  Unfortunately that isn't the case when you factor in the need to resign all the current RFA's/UFA's.  Zucc, Moore, Kreider and Stralman are all due for hefty increases.  If they keep Richards/Callahan at his asking price they will be fielding the exact same team for the next few years...which is not enough to be competitive with the better teams in the East.  


Just looking at the cap situation I don't think its feasible to keep Richards AND sign Callahan, i think its one or the other.  And even though Richards has vastly lost a step he's still more valuable and durable.  

Danny Maloney
Danny Maloney

He was a top six guy and had his most success under Torts. In this system he is just a third liner and a PK guy. This money should be going to much needed offense. Sather's thought process is mind boggling.

bigb22
bigb22

@k20sauce  If it is true that Sather went up and Cally went down to 6 years, and now they are just fighting over $500-600k, then we are doomed.  Sather is about to put a nail in our coffin.

Kevin
Kevin

@k20sauce  They lost a key trading partner in St. Louis when they made the deal with Buffalo.  I'm not sure who is going to pay much if anymore for him.  This will be an 11th hour deal on wednesday right before the deadline.  

Danny Maloney
Danny Maloney

@nyr80  Haha, yeah i think you're right, it seems inevitable they are going to come to an agreement at this point.  Personally I would trade Cally AND buy out Richards.  I just don't see this team being championship caliber in the next two years, there are too many missing pieces, and as you pointed out two years is probably all Richards has left.  

nyr80
nyr80

@Danny Maloney @nyr80It looks like they are getting close to signing Callahan, he counter-offered and came down again it would seem. I like Richards and he will be good for us the next couple of years, but later could be an issue, and they have to use that buyout this summer. Which kinda sucks if you want Richards to stay.

ToadMcGee
ToadMcGee

Walk away Sather please !!!!!!

nyr80
nyr80

@bigb22 @k20sauceIt's more like 300k , between 6 Mill and 6.3 Million. So I guess we are doomed, lol. Nah, I'm optimistic Callahan will be playing like his old self once all this settles. Well let's hope so. I wonder if Richards will get bought out now if Callahan is re-signed. The Cap is going up, and I don't think the Rangers will sign every one of their UFA/RFAs.