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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Negotiations regarding an extension are at a standstill, if not an impasse, with Callahan believed seeking a deal in the neighborhood of seven years at $42 million that is not in the same ballpark as general manager Glen Sather is willing to pay; not even a ballpark as expansive as Yankee Stadium, where the Rangers and Islanders will meet on Wednesday.
As such, the Rangers are believed to be in the process of conducting due diligence regarding the rental market for Callahan, though two league GMs told The Post on Wednesday morning the captain’s name had not been broached recently by Sather.
To be fair - and I’ve always thought this - I think the odds of Callahan being gone are much greater than Girardi leaving. Think of it as another Brandon Prust situation. The Rangers want - and need - to bring Callahan back but it seems obvious that he’ll attract more on the open market than they’re willing to commit. Also, consider the way Callahan plays - and he turns 29 on March 21 - his body is more likely to break down before the end of a long-term deal. Heck, there are signs his body is already starting to break down.
-Andrew Gross of Rangers Rants where you can read more on Callahan and Girardi.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
One player whose name I would have never predicted to be even possibly in the mix before the season is that of New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan.
But he’s a pending UFA July 1 and so far contract talks have not gone well at all, a source told ESPN.com Tuesday.
All of which led to some rumblings that the Rangers are exploring the trade market in case talks don’t produce a contract extension before the March 5 trade deadline. My colleague Darren Dreger also reported on Callahan’s trade possibility during our Insider Trading segment Tuesday evening on TSN in Canada.
You can imagine the reaction when Rangers GM Glen Sather called some teams over the past week to inform them that Callahan might be available.
"That’s a pretty big name," one Western Conference source said.
more plus the latest od Dan Boyle, Kadri, Pittsburgh and Whitney talk...
STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 27, 2014 – The NHL Stadium Series matchups from iconic venues in Los Angeles and New York this past weekend set viewership records across NBC and NBCSN, continuing NBC Sports Group’s strong NHL ratings this season.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
So there is another one of these coming up on Wednesday night, another chance for the Rangers to turn Yankee Stadium into the Bronx Blue against the Islanders the way they did against the Devils on Sunday afternoon.
And when Derek Stepan, who put the cherry on top of the Blueshirts’ 7-3 victory by converting a third-period penalty shot, was asked if the philosophy of going outside in another couple of days would be, “We’ve got to do it again,” or, “We get to do it again,” the center responded affirmatively and enthusiastically.
“Oh,” Stepan said. “We get to do it again.”
Again and again the NHL stages these outdoor extravaganzas and again and again the league pulls it off. One after another, from Edmonton in 2003 to Los Angeles this past Saturday night, they have become a collective greeting card for hockey’s Winter Wonderland.
Too many of these? Bah.
I like the jazzy swing mood.
Guess what locker Jagr was assigned?...
Others say it was not a butt end which was in his glove.
Me, I can't tell, how about you?
No penalty on the play...
added 2:32pm, Nashville release below...
from Steve Zipay of Newsday,
... But if Glen Sather & Co. eventually offer, say, a four-year deal, Callahan and his representatives could try to drive that term longer, perhaps to take him to age 35. Then it's crunch time; Sather might dig in, even if Callahan is reluctant to leave.
Face it: A long-term, secure deal could be Callahan's swan song, and given the number of clubs who will have big bucks to spend this summer with the salary cap rising, the market is appetizing.
According to projections, 14 teams will have more than $23 million in cap space. The Rangers will have $31 million. Buffalo will have $41 million.
You think Pat LaFontaine and the Sabres wouldn't love to have an upstate hero come home?
What about the Ducks, who will need to replace Teemu Selanne?
How about the Red Wings putting Callahan with either Pavel Datsyuk or Henrik Zetterberg?
Think John Tortorella might find some room for a former heart-and-soul guy out on the Pacific Coast?
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