Note: Alain Vigneault expects Ryan Callahan in the lineup Tuesday

Ryan CallahanAlain Vigneault said after practice today that he expects Ryan Callahan to be in the Rangers lineup against Colorado on Tuesday. (Katie Strang)

Callahan said he didn’t want to discuss the contract stuff today because he didn’t feel that it would be productive to the negotiations. (Andrew Gross)

It’s been speculated that Callahan may miss Tuesday and Thursday’s games if he isn’t signed because the Rangers are holding firm on a deadline of Friday to have this resolved. (NY Post)

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Rangersfan4life
Rangersfan4life

We better get a big return!! thats all i have to say gonna mess this whole thing up!! 

Ronnie Sturm
Ronnie Sturm

He wants way too much for a third line player. Sather has been more than generous with his offer.

Gary Wien
Gary Wien

resign him! The team is rolling right now, why mess things up?

Gary Wien
Gary Wien

I still think that if you consider the Rangers a Cup contender, you shouldn't mess with the nucleus right now -- even if that means possibly losing Callahan to free agency.  With the way Lundquist is playing now, WE ARE A CUP CONTENDER.   Most everybody that has kept NY out of the mix is looking at the entire season and total record.  Those who are looking at the last two months recognize that NY is playing at a top level right now; the team has bought in and understands the coach's system; and we're getting scoring regularly from FOUR LINES.

I really hope they can resign Cally, but it is a business.  Still, with the business perspective in place -- if you believe you have a chance for the Cup (and consider that there are only two or three really strong teams in the East) you should take a shot at the Cup now.  Many of our guys are at the perfect age for a run and some guys like Richards have the experience and not many chances left.  The Rangers have an incredible road record and are finally winning at home after a horrible start.  If we only had a DECENT home record, we would be among the top teams in the conference.  Think about that.  If we just continue to win at home, we will get there.  And, any team that has a strong road record is dangerous in the playoffs.

Resign him or keep him, don't make changes now unless you think the season is a lost cause.  To me, it's far from a lost cause.  We're well on our way to becoming a top team.

Marc Weissman
Marc Weissman

@Gary Wien  Your 5th word "if" is the deciding factor. Even given the current run, not so sure this team can be considered a legit contender. But if that is the case, than yes, all of your statements hold true. 

wally1616
wally1616

@Gary Wien R U kidding you guys are going no where. You won't get out of the first round.

oddmanrush
oddmanrush

@Gary Wien  I tend to agree. It's amazing what we will give up to rent a player for the final few games to make a run in the playoffs such as a 2nd round pick for Nik Antropov or trading a 2nd and 3rd round pick for Ryane Clowe just to see both of them walk in the offseason. Now, you are in a similar position, in a playoff race, and you want to sell off your captain? 

J Paul Read
J Paul Read

@oddmanrush @Gary Wien  The problem is, is that unless Callahan decides to soften his stance, there's no way he's going to be retained.  I love Cally just like every other Rangers fan, but the writing on the wall here is that he's going to be thirty next season, is oft-injured by his playing style, and due  to the emergence of Zuccarello and Kreider, and the success of Pouliot on the Power Play, Callahan just isn't getting the quality front line minutes that are worthy of investing $42MM over the next seven years.  As any GM has stated on the record, every season, even if you are a serious contender, you also have to think long term, otherwise all you do is turn over your roster every four to six years.  If you do sign Callahan for that length, we'll most likely end up with another Chris Drury on our hands.  I don't want to see that happen to Cally.


If you can make the right deal, right package, for long term production with ready made NHL prospects, or a cheap player under contract, like a Chris Stewart, you have to make the deal.  


Besides, it looks to me that Girardi is going to be signed, and possibly be named the next Captain heading into next season.