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by Paul on 02/05/14 at 08:53 AM ET
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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