Buzz: Ryan Callahan wants NORTH of $6.5 million/close to $7 million

Callahan7:14PM: There is no imminent trade with Callahan but St. Louis is interested. (Dreger on NHL Live)

6:23PM: On Insider Trading, Darren Dreger discussed Ryan Callahan:

  • Dreger, “He wants a lot of money. It’s been widely reported that Ryan Callahan wants a seven-year term around $6 million per, well that isn’t accurate and I am told that it is more than $6.5 million per on a seven-year term and less than $7 million. Whether it’s $6 or as we know now, it’s closer to $7 million, it’s a lot of money and too much for the New York Rangers. There is not a lot of wiggle room in this negotiation and that is why Glen Sather is considering and working towards moving his captain.”
  • James Duthie asks if Callahan will get moved before the Friday deadline and Dreger says, “50-50 but that is an easy guess to make at this point. I would say that it’s more unlikely to get done because there is a willingness to push this as far as you can but in the meantime the New York Rangers need to get as much in return as possible. The Chris Stewart deal with the St. Louis Blues is still there, Stewart would be part of it.”
  • Callahan is the top ranked player on TSN’s available players list.

5:18PM “Ryan Callahan wants north of $6.5 million and close to $7 million per year on a seven-year deal. If he gets that in UFA buyer beware. He would be a great fit on 30 teams, he is a heart and soul player but not at almost $7 million. The Chris Stewart trade, with Stewart as part of it, is still there but Sather is drumming up interest and wants to see the market entirely. It may take until March 5.” (Darren Dreger on TSN Drive)

Dreger adds that the Rangers wanted this resolved this week but that may not happen until March 5.

This is now the third report of Callahan wanting more than the originally speculated on $6 million per year for seven-years.

Dreger and Bob McKenzie are expected to talk more about Callahan on TSN at 6PM.




39 comments
Blazej Rozanski
Blazej Rozanski

I told you guys on the article comments that cally is more important than the stats show this season. He's been injured half the season but he's showing he's not just mr. Intangible he can score and score big. He pushed us into the playoffs last season and it'll be a mistake to trade him away now and he's showing that tonight against the Avalanche

Louis Palermo
Louis Palermo

Almost $7M for Callahan? I hate to see him leave but that is waaaay to much to pay a 3rd line penalty killer. With Girardi also looking for a nice pay increase I would offer $5.5M for 5 years and if he turns it down offer the 2 to St.Louis for Stewart and Shattenkirk.


TheGAGLine
TheGAGLine

One bump to the head, and Cally thinks he's Crosby

Matt Corbin
Matt Corbin

First of all Henrik is playing like Henrik again which if he was all season would make us a top 3 EC team. Second, we have a solid defense. Also, we are finally scoring goals and beating solid teams (devils and islanders excluded) if we can go 2-1 this week we are looking good. I think we are in a good spot to make a run at the Eastern Conference finals and if Marc Andre Fleury falls apart again in the playoffs, possibly a cup. Now Beating a WC team......maybe not. I don't think we should start a fire sale but if Cally is asking that much, I would send him packing. But we will see what sather can pull off. If Sather messes this up he should be sent packing as well.

Daniel Hizgilov
Daniel Hizgilov

Don't think for a minute that this is actually the amount Cally is looking for. Players usually tell their agent that they want a certain number, lets say 5 million for the example. The agent will then demand 6.5 to 7 million from the General Manager who has his sights set on around 4 to 4.5 million. Then they will negotiate it down to around 5 million and both sides are happy. Obviously simplified but that is how it usually goes down. 

Kevin
Kevin

He knows Buffalo will pay him. So why not ask for it from the Rangers. It's too bad Buffalo isn't willing to trade for him.

Dennis Kuflik
Dennis Kuflik

Trade him and build this team for the future.

511mollie
511mollie

@SNYRangers James Neal, the Sendins, Datysuk, Zetterbeg, Kane, Toews, Bergeron, Tavares ALL make less than what Callahan is demanding.

Greg Alzner
Greg Alzner

I hold Callahan in the highest regard. Can't blame him for wanting a pay day but if it's true he wants that much and that long of a contract and won't take anything less, he'll just be another NHL player to me. If his heart is with the Rangers, he'll come down a bit to make his contract logical for the future of the team.

nyrfan1213
nyrfan1213

Goodbye captain cally! Phasing out the underachievers since 2012 (dubi, anisimov) I love it!

arc34
arc34

Unless real good return, keep him till the end of season....this year is not over....want a big raise Captain Callahan...win us a CUP!

Kevin O'Brien
Kevin O'Brien

BYE BYE Cally.  Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

That's nuts.  No where near the offensive production to justify those numbers. 

Ed Zambrano
Ed Zambrano

wow, if this is true and not info leaked by the NYR to sway fan sentiment towards him being shipped out, then he and/or his agent are smoking crack.

Rose Benevento
Rose Benevento

Who does he think he is??! Def not worth that kind of money. Guess he really doesn't care about being a Ranger. Good riddance.

Brendan Johnson
Brendan Johnson

Screw him. I love Callahan, but anything over 5mil is overpaying, I know he's the captain, but you don't want to cripple the team cap wise

Mili Del Valle
Mili Del Valle

Trade him for Thomas Vanek... Vanek turned down an offer to stay with the Islanders. He plays hard, and scores. He doesn't miss a ton of games either.

Doug Cerasi
Doug Cerasi

7 Million?  Wow.  Love Cally but that is way too much.  I would not go over 6 and $5.5 million per


Jimmy Reilly
Jimmy Reilly

cally has scored twice in last 30 games. He is crazy asking for those hefty numbers

Jimmy Passadino
Jimmy Passadino

There is no way the Rangers can pay Cally $7 million a year. Will be a shame to see him go but business is business

Randy Burch
Randy Burch

I always liked Callahan as a player and all he's done for the Rangers. But 7 million a year for a player that has missed a lot of time due to injury and has not scored a lot of goals of late is just too much money. He'll need to accept less or this will be his last year in blue.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@Matt Corbin I understand your points and you made some valid ones. Respectfully, I disagree with you that the Rangers are a bona fide cup contender. If you look at their record against the elite teams in both conferences (look it up), they have not faired well. Making the playoffs doesn't warrant a serious cup contender in my opinion. Lundqvist was a better goaltending in 2011 as was the Rangers as a team and they still had to battle the Senators and Capitals in two 7 game series to win. When they faced the Devils, they were drained and it showed. Lundqvist would have to play better if the Rangers make the playoffs this season and I can't imagine how that would be possible. With that being said, trading Callahan and Girardi should not and does not assume that the Rangers are having a fire sale. Sather can still make this team a cup contender this season (perhaps make the team better equip for the playoffs) if he makes the right moves and gets back the right players in these deals. Callahan is a 3rd liner who thinks he's a top 6 forward and he is not. He is a grinder and nothing more. Girardi is an overachiever and has done well, but the abundance of minutes logged and abuse to his body suggests to me that he and Callahan both have a limited amount of time in this league playing at a high level.

billysuede
billysuede

@Kevin  why trade for him when they can get him in free agency?

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

Agreed, trade him and Girardi and the Rangers could get back a bunch of quality players that will make them better now and in the future

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@511mollie @SNYRangers Those lists of names really shows how absorbed Callahan and his agent are in their contract request. Callahan is a 3rd liner and a grinder; and nothing more.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@arc34 keeping Callahan will not guarantee the Rangers a cup. Keeping Callahan will most likely mean that the team will lose him to free agency and get nothing in return. That's not a very smart suggestion on your part. Rangers need to trade him before the deadline, his value is still high enough to get a solid package or player back in return; which will not effect them this season.

Jimmy P.
Jimmy P.

It would be a cold day in hell before the Rangers trade their captain to the friggin Islanders

Blazej Rozanski
Blazej Rozanski

Yea he's also been injured. He's scored a lot of key goals for us especially the most memorable one recently that propelled us into the playoffs last year. Not to mention how many times he has sold out, blocked shots, out worked opponents stripped pucks etc...he's also been a great player down low on the power play but things have changed a little on that front. everyone likes to look at numbers a lot of people forget to look in between the stats. It sucks I hope they can work it out and keep him cause this team is finally rolling. Though I admit that when he was injured the team was still winning and doing it pretty handily but it will definitely suck seeing him go

Matt Corbin
Matt Corbin

@Michael Stewart @Matt Corbin  I agree that the Rangers are not  cup contender, no one from the east is built to win this year. I feel that the EC is up for grabs and they have a chance to go to the cup, but no chance on winning four against whoever comes out of the west. The only hopes I have for whomever comes out of the east coast is that the western conference champion is so tattered because of the gauntlet they had to run. The top 6 teams in that conference are so deep and execute so well while the eastern conference teams lack substantial substance.

Kevin
Kevin

@Ravishing Peacock @arc34 They would have to catch an awful lot of breaks in order to pull it off. Anything can happen but it's not a high percentage given their inconsistency so far. 

arc34
arc34

@Michael Stewart @arc34  As I posted, if we get a solid package back for Cally, then fine....but only if that happens, I doubt it though.  The guy does not score enough for a sizable return that Sather just cannot say no to, in addition, this season is not over, anything can happen in playoffs with a hot goalie....it is too early to punt this year, that's for sure.