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Report: Callahan seeking seven-year, $42M deal; Girardi eyeing $33M over six

Jan 29, 2014, 3:17 PM EDT

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Rangers captain Ryan Callahan and defenseman Dan Girardi have both surfaced in recent trade rumors, which left many asking… why?

Sounds like their reported asking prices could be playing a role. From 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.

The Post goes on to report that Girardi — who, like Callahan, is a pending UFA — is “believed to be seeking a six-year deal in the neighborhood of $5.5 million per season,” while Rangers GM Glen Sather has countered with two offers: “one for six years at more than $5 million per and one for five years at more than $5.5 million per.”

If accurate, both Callahan and Girardi’s demands would translate into big raises. Callahan’s in the final season of a three-year, $12.825 million deal — an average annual cap hit of $4.275 million — while Girardi’s in the last of his four-year, $13.3 million deal with a $3.325M cap hit.

The Rangers have plenty of cap space available for next season, though that’s largely the result of having just 10 players under contract. Henrik Lundqvist ($8.5M), Rick Nash ($7.8M) and Brad Richards ($6.7M) all carry fairly substantial salaries, and New York needs to deal with a quintet of restricted free agents: Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello, Chris Kreider, John Moore and Justin Falk.

Related: Will the Rangers use a compliance buyout on Richards?

  1. muir6 - Jan 29, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Callahan has to be resigned he is the heart of the team

    • bwayblueshirt - Jan 29, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      Well then call Dr. Jarvik, because there’s no way Rangers can afford to give Cally 6 million a year for seven years when he only plays 2/3 of the games.

    • lonesomecal - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:49 PM

      Callahan is worth 42 million over 7 to the Rangers.

      Callahan and Girardi will have to be signed without hesitation.

  2. nyeagles10 - Jan 29, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Love to see him stay but not for that money

    • skr213 - Jan 29, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      The money isn’t too horrible (though obviously high), the biggest thing is the length. It’s just stupid to sign anyone to a 7 year deal.

    • c9castine - Jan 29, 2014 at 11:29 PM

      crrraaaaazy….toys in the attic he is craaaazy.

  3. sjsharks66 - Jan 29, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    If Callahan could stay healthy for a full season I would say that deal is not bad. Like stated above, he is the heart of the Rangers. No one plays as hard as that guy in New York.

  4. runhigh24 - Jan 29, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    That seems like a lot for both players but someone will pay that for each of them in free agency.

  5. ruthlessandtoothless - Jan 29, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Leaders like Callahan are rare but I’d say 6 million per year for 7 years is a salary reserved for more productive and healthier players

  6. smarshall3789 - Jan 29, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Buy out Richards and sign Callahan don’t waste money on Girardi either you can get better and cheaper in FA

  7. sjsharks66 - Jan 29, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    I mean I don’t see anything wrong with the 6 mil a year but yes 7 years for a injury prone leader is a big risk. Maybe they can talk him down to 4 years 6 mil a year? Would Rangers fans be content with that, or is it the price instead of length?

    • skr213 - Jan 29, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      Wait, you shouldn’t sign risky players to 7 year deals?? Who are you, Doug Wilson?? :-)

  8. bwayblueshirt - Jan 29, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Ridiculous. You don’t sign a guy for seven years if he’s made of glass. Unless you’re desperate. Rangers should explore using Callahan to try and pry Kulikov and Boyes out of Florida, or perhaps acquire Moulson from Buffalo. Girardi’s being reasonable, at least.

    • Taylor Craig - Feb 1, 2014 at 3:54 AM

      I’d love to have callahan here in florida. We need that kind of leadership to set a precedent to our young talent. Would give up who you mentioned happily.

  9. charlieconway96 - Jan 29, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Yes, that is a lot of money. A lot of money that neither of them will get.

  10. pastabelly - Jan 29, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Calllahan’s career plus/minus is ZERO and can be counted on for 20 goals and 50 points for a season. He is what he is. I wouldn’t blame the Rangers if they wanted to move on, but it makes no sense to trade key players during a playoff run. At this point, the Rangers should be buyers and not sellers.

  11. rpiotr01 - Jan 29, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Girardi’s number is a lot more reasonable than Callahan’s. A guy with Cally’s injury history and relative lack of production just isn’t worth $6-7mil per year. I’ll never question his work ethic or his dedication or his heart but that’s just not going to work. Rangers traded Brian Leetch and they dismissed Mark Messier in FA coming off of a Cup win. If they can go, anyone can go.

  12. cameltoews - Jan 29, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    I honestly don’t see Cally going anywhere but I wouldn’t be surprised to see girardi traded for some youth and picks. If we can get younger and faster on the blueline that would transfer well with AV’s style of play.

  13. xdj511 - Jan 29, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    PLEASE stop trolling Rangers fans with these “your best players may soon be traded or lost to free agency due to outrageous contract demands”

    There has got to be something more interesting to talk about today! Maybe, I don’t know, an outdoor hockey game set to start in a few hours.

    • barkar942 - Jan 29, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      Or perhaps the big name change announcement in Phoenix- I mean Glendale- I mean Arizona.

      • xdj511 - Jan 29, 2014 at 4:35 PM

        We shall no longer be called the knights who say “ni” We are now the knights who say icky icky benang sah poo…

    • xdj511 - Jan 29, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      The Rangers have had their ups and down this season (pretty much every eastern team not in Pittsburgh has) but they are a team built to go deep into the playoffs, and there is simply no way you trade your captain or one of your top pair D-men right now unless there is some kind of extenuating circumstances like they have become a clubhouse cancer, and that is obviously not the case here. So no, unless the Rangers take a nosedive, Callahan and Girardi aren’t going anywhere. In the summer if they can find the money they want elsewhere, more power to them.

  14. killerpgh - Jan 29, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Callahan will be 29 when his next contract kicks in. If I was his agent I would tell him not to sign any deal long then 4 years. Gives him chance to cash in on this deal and still get a good next contract since it wouldn’t fall into the “35+” type of contract that carry the guaranteed cap hit even if he is forced to retire because of injury.

  15. bluesrawesome - Jan 29, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    I don’t understand how he thinks he’s worth 6 million. Backes who plays the game the same way with better offense makes 4.5 million. Giradi isn’t that much off in his demands though.

    • cofran2004 - Jan 30, 2014 at 9:21 AM

      His agent probably sold him on the intangibles of his leadership. I honestly don’t think he believes he’ll get that much. He’s starting high, and he’ll come down. Classic haggling. He probably watches too many reruns of Pawn Stars while on the road.

  16. muckleflugga - Jan 29, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    it’s amazing to see the kind of garbage hockey that goes on the tit for millions a year …

    the game has many problems but the greed-fest by average players and money-grubbing twats masquerading as agents is the more profound among that many

    guys like hull and lafleur must shake their heads

    disgraceful greed continually reaching into pockets of

    the fan

    • storminator16 - Jan 29, 2014 at 8:26 PM

      Hater alert. Don’t be jealous.

  17. phillyphanatic77 - Jan 29, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    If the Rangers don’t pay Girardi the Flyers will. Unfortunately it seems much more likely he stays in New York and Callahan goes.

    • zta7991 - Jan 30, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      Can only hope the flyers land Girardi…unfortunately I think that the only way we can actually get him is through trade…if he goes to FA I see Florida or Edmonton picking him up because they have the most cap room come offseason and both need quality d-man and can shell out all of the money Girardi could hope for

  18. realemman - Jan 29, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Term is too much for Callahan. Seven years for someone who plays a bruising style of hockey ( and gets bruised easily).. I don’t know, I wouldn’t give that kind of term. But then again, I’m not a GM.

  19. csilojohnson - Jan 29, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Would rather the “greedy” players get the money than the “greedy” owners. Considering the owners have control of the cost to fans.
    To think players of the past would play for any less then todays players is just foolish.
    Still 6mil 7yrs is too much for Cally.
    That being said.. I dont think the Rangers can afford to lose him.

  20. bronxtale247 - Jan 29, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Unfortunately the NHL doesn’t have income like crazy, and the cap is gonna sloooowly rise over the next five yrs..with that said neither Cally nor G are worth 6 mil a yr I’m sorry. I love you both but honestly kick rocks with the nonsense.

  21. csilojohnson - Jan 29, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Can someone fire Milbury already?
    He is a leech on all things decent and professional. Im surprised Jones hasnt walked off the set yet.
    Constantly interupting and talking over people. Creates unwatchable and incomprehensible television.

  22. blomfeld0 - Jan 29, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    “You’re a maniac Callahan”. – Hal Holbrook after reading this

  23. djshnooks - Jan 30, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    Come home to Buffalo/Rochester, Cally! We can afford to give you whatever you want!

  24. hockeydon10 - Jan 30, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    I’m not seeing it for Callahan.

    .56 PPG and is rather injury prone for $6M per?

    His production screams around $4M per. Is that leadership really worth $2M and can’t be filled by someone else?

    Girardi, OTOH, may be asking a little bit much. He’s at least close enough that negotiations could make the number amicable to both him and the Rags.

  25. njcowboyz - Jan 31, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Trade Cally to Vancouver for Alex Edler. Torts loves Callahan and wants to move Edler, who doesnt fit Torts’ style and is killing their cap.

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