Ryan Callahan, Anton Stralman

Buzz: Ryan Callahan feels that he has made his move on the contract

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.

Callahan’s agent said that he isn’t worried about Callahan’s value if he becomes a UFA.

63% of readers have voted to say that they don’t want to keep Callahan at these reported terms.




12 comments
Michael Kuczynski
Michael Kuczynski

I hope Cally doesn't take the 6yrs@6mill Sather is offering him.  I'd rather give 2 players like Danny Paille 3yrs@3mill... if he's still a threat after next season of course.  

Daniel Hizgilov
Daniel Hizgilov

Trade Cally for picks and a prospect and then use a 3rd rounder to get Ray Whitney as a rental.

livinginthenow
livinginthenow

@SNYRangers how about he score a few goals, and block the goal on PP like he USED to do. And also remember he is ryan callahan, not tavares

avery16
avery16

For the good of the Ranger organization's future Callahan needs to traded ASAP! The Rangers cannot have 4, 5 or maybe even 6 players tied up for 5-,6 or 7 years at more than $6MM each. That will hamstring them for years to come and its no way to build a championship caliber team.In the last 2-3 years of deals like these you generally get nothing form a player with diminishing skills, so I say trade him now and move on.

Ronnie Sturm
Ronnie Sturm

Happy trails Calli don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. Now we can use that money on a real goal scorer

Dan Loff
Dan Loff

Haha. They should drug test cally... i dont know what hes on... hes asking for the contract that we gave Brad Richards... only brad richards was really good before coming to thd rangers. And they are kicking themselves for that deal...and have been talking buy-out ever since.

jqstave
jqstave

As myself and many others have said, he's gone from "extremely unreasonable contract demands" to just "unreasonable contract demands." Or as one guy on Twitter put it, from "LOL" to "lol." I'd love to keep Callahan. I WANT to keep Callahan, but if he's not going to sign at a price that allows the NYR to put other great players around him then what is the point?


I know the point SHOULD be to construct a team that allows us to compete for the Cup. Overpaying players does not accomplish this (although yes, I know the NYR's history).

Rranger
Rranger

I don't like your trade for Kesler at all.I'm not  fan of Kesler. McIlrath might be a guy the Rangers need in the playoffs, hopefully he could help, especially against Philly and Boston. Not saying he could but hoping he could. Brassard is one of the Rangers most talented forwards and makes his linemates better, and a significant piece going forward, especially if Richards gets bought out. 

Callahan has simply priced himself out  of the Rangers plans. For his money you better be on the top two lines and his skill set is better suited on a third line.

If they can get a young gritty established NHL power type  forward and a good pick (especially a first) then see ya. The cap money plus Richards cap if bought out puts the Rangers in a great spot come free agent time. Doesn't mean they have to blow the money but with the core already in place they could make a significant move in upping the talent.


Colin Kelly
Colin Kelly

6 years is too much, even at 6 mil per. Enjoy Buffalo.

Vic Scarpelli
Vic Scarpelli

yea Sather has to stick at 6x6 cause well that's already generous. Honestly trade him for picks and prospects and then use some to get another asset. I am fine with giving a first for Kesler if they can get one for Cally. So 1st, Brassard, McIlrath? A lot but worth a shot at that package.  No Stepan

nyrfan1213
nyrfan1213

Great. He basically said he's ready to be traded. Move him now and dont wait till July 1. We'll get nothing for him.