2/2/14: 6:46PM: Glen Sather is bidding against himself and his imposed deadline of wanting this situation resolved by Friday’s Olympic deadline. (NY Post)
Callahan and his agent run the risk of miscalculating how serious Glen Sather might be of trading him if they think that all of this public talk is a “charade.” (NY Post)
2/1/14: 9:57PM: On CBC Hotstove, Nick Kypreos, Elliotte Friedman and Glenn Healy had the following conversation about Ryan Callahan:
- Kypreos, “I think there was an interesting twist to the negotiations between Glen Sather and Callahan’s agent Steve Bartlett, to the point where he is allowing them to speak with over clubs. I can tell you that as of a couple of days ago one of those clubs was a Western Conference team and I can say that it was a short conversation. Basically what they told Bartlett was that we believe you are asking for too much term or too much money. It is clear what Glen Sather is doing right now and he is trying to create a market right now outside of one set by the Rangers. He is trying to get other teams to show Callahan that he is not worth what he thinks he is today, rather than July 1. “
- Healy: “Glen gave them the ability to talk to one team and he called his GM buddy and they gave him too much term and too much money well that stinks a little to me. You look at two comparables, Dustin Brown at $5.875 and Joe Pavelski at $6, nothing more than that. If you are trying to pretend you are a group 3 while you are a group 2 unrestricted, good luck getting the money.”
- Friedman: “The Clarkson deal is the one that (Interrupted)
- Healy: “He is a group 3…go to group 3”
- Kypreos, “the other thing is that Brown got eight-years and they don’t want to go near that for Callahan.”
The Rangers are reportedly offering Callahan five-years and $30 million while the Sabres are reportedly willing to give Callahan the seven-years he is seeking.
Adam Rotter: The issue with trying to show Callahan’s agent that he is asking for too much is the feeling that almost everyone has about the Sabres offering up everything they can to sign him and make him a block to re-build around and set an example. It only takes one team to overpay and change the salary structure and that team could be the Sabres. It’s up to Callahan to decide what he wants to do and if he wants to stay with the Rangers it will be on a five-year deal.