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Will Callahan Or The Rangers Blink?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

So the hours leading up to the 3 p.m. trade deadline Wednesday are largely an exercise in blinking — or not — for the Rangers and Ryan Callahan, who may be closer than they were a week ago regarding a contract extension but were not materially closer to striking a deal Tuesday night than they were Tuesday morning, sources report.

Callahan, having reduced his original ask of seven years at more than $48 million, was still at six years and approximately $39 million while the Rangers, having previously upped their bid from five years at $30 million, were adamant about not increasing the six-year, $36 million offer recently put on the table to their captain.

While the difference has been narrowed to approximately $500,000 per for six years and leaves open the “split the difference” scenario, both sides believe they have compromised significantly enough not to yield further.

So as the Blueshirts prepare for Wednesday’s match at the Garden against the Maple Leafs, their captain will be preoccupied with his status while general manager Glen Sather works on a dual track of negotiating with Callahan’s agent and with clubs interested in getting No. 24 in a trade.

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The Latest On Ryan Callahan Contract Talks

via Bob McKenzie tweets,

Callahan demands to NYR have decreased from 7 x $7M+ he was asking. Now open to 6 years at less than $7M per, maybe in $6.5-6.75M range?

In any case, Callahan still looking for more than what NYR offered -- 6 years at $6M per. So gap has shrunk some but still exists.

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What The Rangers Want For Callahan

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Rangers, who are concerned over contract length, are seeking to get at least one NHL player and one prospect or high draft pick in exchange for Callahan, who turns 29 next month.

The Blueshirts would send Callahan to Tampa Bay in a straight-up exchange for Martin St. Louis, but Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has no interest in such a swap, even if the 38-year-old winger who is under contract through next season at a $5.625 million cap hit told management just prior to the Olympic break he would welcome a trade to the Rangers, and only to the Rangers.

Sather is not willing to add young pieces and draft picks to the exchange. Talks between the Rangers and Lightning have not advanced since the roster freeze lifted on Monday.

But if the gap of nearly $20 million between the Rangers and Callahan makes it easy to understand why the parties are on the verge of a divorce, the same isn’t true regarding Girardi.

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Dan Girardi More Important To The Rangers Than Ryan Callahan

from Andrew Gross of The Record,

Callahan turns 29 on March 21. Girardi turns the big 3-0 on April 29. And the minimum term either would likely re-sign for with the Rangers is six seasons, even if the organization, so far, is reluctant to offer more than five.

Girardi, even if he’s had to adapt his RoboCop-like shot-blocking game that worked so well under John Tortorella’s system to new coach Alain Vineault’s demands for his defensemen, is the more likely of the two to be playing at a high level later in a six-year deal.

Girardi’s salary demands are less than Callahan’s as he’s reportedly seeking between $5.5 million to $6 million per season, a fair price range for a top-pair defenseman. Callahan is asking for seven years north of $6.5 million per season.

General manager Glen Sather is said to be opposed to losing either as a free agent without compensation, hence all the trade rumors. A rental top-pair defenseman is likely to bring back more than a second-line forward.

But the long-term health of the Rangers would be much better served by retaining Girardi.

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The Callahan For St. Louis Trade Talk

Last night Boomer Esiason put out a few tweets, teasing fans with a Ryan Callahan for Marty St. Louis trade.  Today...

from CBS New York,

Esiason gave clarity to what he’s been hearing Monday morning on the “Boomer & Carton” show. He said there’s a good shot Rangers captain Ryan Callahan will be traded in a straight-up deal for Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Boomer said the trade could include a conditional draft pick if Callahan, an impending free agent, decides to stay with Tampa Bay.

“Now the only reason this deal wouldn’t go through is if somebody gets cold feet or somebody lowers their contract demands,” Boomer said.

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Blueshirts’ general manager Glen Sather has inquired about a potential swap of team captains in which pending free agent Ryan Callahan would go to the Lightning in exchange for St. Louis, but Yzerman’s absolute lack of interest in dealing his leading scorer in exchange for a rental property has been made clear to the Rangers.

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Rangers Should Look At Callahan As A Rental Player

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Maybe the Blueshirts’ general manager can look at Callahan as his team’s rental for the remainder of this season, with the added benefit of not having to yield a single, solitary asset to get him.

While other clubs part with young roster players, prospects and draft picks to patch holes and bulk up for the stretch and playoff runs, maybe Sather can see Callahan through that alternate prism as a short-term fix he’s getting for free (for the last time), even if No. 24 is part of the Core Four including Henrik Lundqvist, Dan Girardi and Marc Staal to have bridged John Tortorella’s tenure behind the bench....

It originally was reported in this space Callahan’s asking price is seven years for $42 million. Wrong, according to a general manager of one club who has been in touch with Sather about dealing for Callahan, and who told The Post it is, “Seven years at six plus-plus-plus [million per].” So let’s posit, seven years at $47 million.

Callahan will celebrate his 29th birthday late next month, even if it seems like only yesterday the kid wearing No. 43 on his back was scoring his first two NHL goals on St. Patrick’s Day 2007 against the Bruins at the Garden. The math instructs that a seven-year contract would take the winger through his 36th birthday.

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Video- The New York Rangers Honor Play-By-Play Man Sam Rosen

The New York Rangers honored Sam Rosen for calling Rangers games for 30 years and for his service to the organization.

Watch the five minute ceremony below...

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Hot Topic Of The Day Is Ryan Callahan

added 7:29pm, TSN has posted their Insider piece discussing Callahan and other topics of interest.


from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Rangers are approaching next Friday’s 3 p.m. pre-Olympic roster freeze rather than the March 5 trade deadline as the decision-making target regarding the future of Ryan Callahan, The Post has learned.

According to a trustworthy source, the Blueshirts want the situation resolved before their captain travels to Sochi to play for Team USA and therefore subjects himself to possible injury in the Olympics.

It is believed that general manager Glen Sather would be amenable to signing Callahan, an impending unrestricted free agent, to an extension of five years. But sources report that the winger, whose role has been reduced under coach Alain Vigneault. is holding firm on his request for a seven-year contract and has no intention of taking a hometown discount to remain in New York.

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More Callahan talk via Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun tweets below...

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More Ryan Callahan Talk

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Two Western Conference executives I traded texts with on Thursday afternoon believed Sather's priority was still to re-sign Callahan and that he was simply calling around "to give himself options for Plan B," one executive said. Perhaps, not to mention put pressure on Callahan to step down from his contract stance, believed to be in the seven-year range and around $6 million a year. A source also told ESPNNewYork.com's Katie Strang that Sather would not be opposed to trading Callahan within the Eastern Conference, either.

Callahan's veteran agent, Steve Bartlett, who would not get into any specifics in terms of contract talks, certainly is well aware of what's going on.

"Right now, we only have one team we can negotiate with and we're trying to do that in good faith," Bartlett told ESPN.com on Friday. "I always retain hope that something can get done. But if it doesn't, that's the business. I never tell a GM if he's right or wrong, I just present what I believe is right for my client."

more plus some Sequin and Bernier talk...

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The Blues May Be Showing Interest In Ryan Callahan

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