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Would You Pay Ryan Callahan $6M For 7 Years?

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.

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Yes. I would. Because unfortunately. Who else is out there? The wings have missed on trading for Bobby Ryan. They missed on trading for Del Zotto. One F one D, but both would improve the Wings. So if he is a FA who hits the open market, I would sign him. Cap going up. Dead weight (Q. Sam, Bert, Cleary). So there is plenty of room in cap and on team. Top two lines improved by signing. If try and get him to 5 years since he is 29. And I would also find a way to get rid of Weiss.

Posted by Munnster9 on 01/29/14 at 03:26 PM ET

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If I were Craig Leopold, suuure why not?

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 01/29/14 at 03:58 PM ET


They missed on trading for Del Zotto.

They didn’t miss on Del Zotto.  He’s an offensive defenseman with questionable defensive skills.  The Wings have that in spades, they need a defensive defenseman.

Having said that, yes I would love to have Callahan on the Wings.

Posted by Garth on 01/29/14 at 04:25 PM ET

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Kind of a younger Daniel Cleary with hands.

Posted by duhduhduh on 01/29/14 at 04:25 PM ET


Wouldn’t even consider it, even if I knew he was going to play 82 games a year for the life of the contract.  Valuable player but not a centerpiece.  A guy getting 17-18 mins a game and very little PP time isn’t worth anything close to that.  Someone will pay him though, and then he’ll get paid not to play.

Posted by RoneFace on 01/29/14 at 04:36 PM ET

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Wouldn’t even consider it,

Considering all the talk lately of the Wings youth movement vs the veteran presence, I’d love this guy to be my glue transition type guy.  I think he knows how to play, how to score, how to lead, how to be tough.  Might want 5 years instead of 7.  But sure, bring him in to help the young fellas grow and help with the leadership group.

Posted by duhduhduh on 01/29/14 at 04:48 PM ET


I really hope NY gives him that money.  I love seeing the competition shoot themselves in the face.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 01/29/14 at 05:01 PM ET

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Ryan Callahan is a good player and might be worth that money for 5 years, but certainly not 7 years.  Callahan has always reminded me of Chris Drury, a do it all forward with character.  These guys usually get about $1-2 million more then their production is worth because of “character” , but they tend to break down quicker because of the type of game they play and then stop producing.

Posted by henrymalredo from Lansing on 01/29/14 at 05:12 PM ET


@Garth. Yes. Offensive upside. Yes. Questionable defensive skills. But young enough to still get better defensively. Which makes him more valuable than Quincy, Kindl, Lashoff and Almquist. Any of which I would have traded away for Del Zotto. Lash is never going to be Brad Stuart no matter how much we want him to be and no matter how much we like him. Q is a waste as a whipping boy of 97% of wings fans. Kidl is older than we realize and should have figured it our by now. Almquist is under sized and expendable becauE of Oullette, Sproul and Marchenko. Del Zotto is 23 and makes DK like first passes and Smith like offensive pinches.
So yes. I would have taken him and he would have been an immediate upgrade and a 2nd pairing guy.

Posted by Munnster9 on 01/29/14 at 06:51 PM ET


6 million for a guy that averages like 40 points a year. LOL…...and until basically the end of his career. LLOLLOLOLOLOL

Posted by brians neck on 01/29/14 at 07:11 PM ET


yes we need another undersized winger who will be injured on an annual basis as he ages. cant have to many. id rather overpay for stastny.

Posted by brians neck on 01/29/14 at 09:39 PM ET


And LA is loling about Dustin brown who’s captaining a perennial favorite right now.. 

Brown’s deal is a disaster.  He’s got 10 and 6 through 54 games, he’s 29 years old, and his 8 year monstrosity of a deal hasn’t even started yet.

So sure, using your awesome powers of hindsight you can bitch about Weiss’s deal.  Guess what.  When Weiss’ deal is up LA will be paying Brown for four more years, so even if the deals suck as much as each other Weiss’ will only suck for half as long.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 01/29/14 at 09:46 PM ET


Which makes him more valuable than Quincy, Kindl, Lashoff and Almquist.

Smith, Lashoff and Almquist aren’t young enough to learn?

The point is that Detroit doesn’t need someone who might be able to learn defense, they’re got half a Detroit roster and an entire Grand Rapids roster of defenseman like that.  They need a defenseman who can play defense now.  Getting another offensive defenseman who doesn’t improve the team defense is pointless.

Posted by Garth on 01/29/14 at 11:15 PM ET

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I feel it is rather silly to favorable compare Callahan to Brown. Sure, the style of game they play is similar but Brown has been much more successful in playing it.

Using Brown’s contract as a reasonable standard is even sillier.

LA knowingly overpaid for Brown… if someone brought you a Cup as the captain it’s understandable that his next contract from you will be generous, but don’t take his contract as being an appropriate one to give to a player with about 0.75pts/game.

Posted by alwaysaurie on 01/29/14 at 11:46 PM ET


Wait a second.  Brown brought LA a Cup?  And even if he did and it wasn’t Doughty or Kopitar or (IMO) Quick… playing very well in one Cup run earns you a big overpay on an eight year deal?

Well, Franzen had 13 goals in 2008 and people think his contract is bad.  Sammy had 5 and 8 in 22 games and they did the Snoopy Dance when he got waived.  Osgood had a spectacular postseason and people couldn’t get him out of the starting gig soon enough.

People sure seem to be pretty relaxed with their standards of what they deem fair compensation when it happens somewhere else.  That Brown deal is going to hurt the Kings… and if Callahan gets something similar to Brown that deal’s going to hurt the Rangers, too.

And if someone in Detroit got a huge deal like that it’d be about 4.7 seconds into their first slump and fans here would be painting the walls with Holland’s blood about it.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 01/30/14 at 07:05 AM ET


@Garth. Yes I agree that Lash and Smith and Almquist are young enough to learn. But I feel that Del Zotto has a bigger upside than Lash or Almquist. We have Kron DK and Eric who are solid defensively. Coupled with offensively minded D men in the mold of Yandle and Letang. I’m just saying. I would rather have Del Zotto over Lash or Q or Kindl. Because he is a better defenseman than those 3.

Posted by Munnster9 on 01/30/14 at 10:17 AM ET


We have Kron DK and Eric who are solid defensively.

Yes, but the defense as a whole are not good enough defensively, and bringing in another offensive defenseman who doesn’t improve the team defensively is pointless.

Posted by Garth on 01/30/14 at 11:33 AM ET


I would submit that kronwall is average defensively. He gets kind of a free pass since he is our best defenseman right now.

Posted by brians neck on 01/30/14 at 12:56 PM ET

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