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Report: Callahan’s agent has permission to talk to teams

Feb 1, 2014, 10:50 AM EDT

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Ryan Callahan #24 of the New York Rangers looks on against the New Jersey Devils during the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium on January 26, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Getty Images

New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan told reporters Friday night that his heart is with the team, but he might not be for much longer.

Adding fuel to the growing trade rumors surrounding him is an ESPN report that Callahan’s agent can now negotiate directly with other teams. That would give them a chance to gather information on the pending unrestricted free agent before making a bid to the Rangers.

There’s been speculation that the Callahan might end up in St. Louis in a deal involving forward Chris Stewart, but the Columbus Blue Jackets are also believed to be in the mix.

Meanwhile, Callahan is reportedly seeking a contract in the range of $42 million over seven years. The Rangers are believed to be bulking at the length of that deal based on the fear that he might not be durable enough to play at his current level through his early-to-mid 30s.

The Rangers might instead move to trade the physical forward quickly to get something done before the Olympic break. That would prevent the situation from being complicated by an injury either during or in the immediate aftermath of the Winter Games.

All that being said, the Rangers might still opt to keep him and these rumors could be killed in the coming days by an announcement that Callahan and New York have agreed to terms. After all, he’s still the captain of a team positioned to compete in the playoffs. It would be a big risk to part ways with him now.

  1. 950003cups - Feb 1, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    If he leaves, someone will step up. I mean, look at how well the Devils were after Parise left. They uhhh… Well, in actuality they improved in, uhhh…

    Never mind.

    • stakex - Feb 1, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      The difference there is that Parise was the best player the Devil’s had…. as where Callahan has pretty much become a 3rd line player this season. Big difference.

      • 950003cups - Feb 1, 2014 at 4:10 PM

        Ok I get it now. Callahan became Chris Drury II? Let him go then. He’ll likely get overpaid, and every game the rangers lose for the next two years, some fans will be screaming that it would never have happened had they kept Callahan. Happens in every fan base.

  2. joey4id - Feb 1, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Hmm! LA can use a jolt just about now.

  3. esracerx46 - Feb 1, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Columbus also in the mix… Are the Blue Jackets becoming what the Rangers used to be and vice versa? It seems like these two teams have made a ton of deals and the Jackets have gotten a lot better because of it. I don’t think I can say the same.

  4. stepanup - Feb 1, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Make it stop!

  5. skr213 - Feb 1, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    “The Callahan” might end up in St. Louis and the Rangers are “bulking” at his contract demands. C’mon, I know it’s Saturday, but a little editing goes a long way.

  6. smarshall3789 - Feb 1, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    I’m sure the Rangers would love to have him for 6 to 7 million a year over 3-4 years not 7 but I have to believe he will find out that not many teams will be willing to offer him 7 years I think he will stay in NY he belongs there even though I’d like to see him at some grit to my wings

    • 950003cups - Feb 1, 2014 at 4:15 PM

      If Callahan doesn’t get overblown offers, he should fire his agent and call David Clarkson and ask for his agents number. That guy could sell sand to an Arab.

  7. angrytwitterguy - Feb 1, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    If Callahan gets 6 million per on a 7 year term we may as well get ready for another lockout. Often injured player who would be a 3 line winger on many contenders. I wouldn’t give him a dime over 5.5 and 4 years. I like his hits and blocking of shots but it’s exactly those things that keep him constantly banged up.

    If some stupid GM (Holmgren or Nonnis) wants to give him anything more, let them

  8. President Charles Logan - Feb 1, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    its obvious that he’s going to be traded

  9. hightopandrocket - Feb 2, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    The guys at best a 20 goal scorer. So he’s a great leader, where’s he lead the Rangers?

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