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Callahan’s agent to renew negotiations with Rangers this week

Feb 3, 2014, 2:06 PM EDT

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With his client’s name swirling in trade rumors, Steve Bartlett is ready to resume contract talks.

Bartlett, who represents Rangers captain Ryan Callahan, told ESPN New York he’s going to “circle back” with the Blueshirts this week about a new contract. This comes after talks between the two sides had fallen largely silent, as Bartlettt told ESPN there hadn’t been much in the way of substantive negotiations over the past few days.

It’s been a wild week on Broadway for the Rangers and Captain Cally.

The New York Post reported Callahan wanted a seven-year, $42 million deal, which GM Glen Sather countered with a five-year, $30 million offer. The disparity in money and term kicked off speculation about the possibility of Callahan being dealt, with TSN reporting the Rangers had inquired about St. Louis power forward Chris Stewart.

On Friday, a report surfaced claiming Bartlett had permission to speak to other teams about the possibility of a trade — and, most likely, a subsequent signing, as Callahan is an unrestricted free agent at season’s end.

  1. stepanup - Feb 3, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    If the staredown boils down to 5 years @ 6M versus 7 years at 6M, then this negotiation is as ridiculous as last year’s lockout. The compromise is clear as day. Kind of like when the revenue split was 57/43, and the NHL all of the sudden went to 43/57, it just took months to get to 50-50.

    • xdj511 - Feb 3, 2014 at 2:41 PM

      I agree, six years, 36 million, shake hands and stop scaring the crap out of Rangers fans.

      • boricua23 - Feb 3, 2014 at 8:18 PM

        People Callahan is not that good that we can’t survived without him.Please stopped over valued his ability or importance to this team!!!!!! Heart and soul don’t win championship

    • goapher21 - Feb 3, 2014 at 2:41 PM

      I don’t think it is that easy. Cally is a great leader but he will not be worth $6 mil a year 4 years into that contract. I was surprised new york offered him that kind of money to begin with. His scoring has been going down each year and he gets injured often. 6 and 7 year contracts go to guys in their prime or about to hit their prime…not when they are about to fall apart from all the block shots and hits he took for tortarella. I think he is about a $6 million player for 2-3 more years then he should be looking in the $4.5 mil range

      • rbbbaron - Feb 3, 2014 at 3:44 PM

        agreed. His agent apparently has him thinking that he can be set until he’s 35, whereupon his next contract is guaranteed (assuming he’s still in the league then). The question is if he could fetch that contract on the open market in the off-season– considering what guys like Clarkson and Clowe (even Horton) got last Summer, well there’s no reason to think things will trend downward…

    • bwayblueshirt - Feb 3, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      If he gets more than 5 years/30 Mil. he’s making out like a bandit, I don’t care where he signs. Obviously I love Cally and everything he did for this team, but he doesn’t fit anymore, and he’s proving that he’s made of glass.

  2. mike0987 - Feb 3, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    he’s a great leader but he’s not worth 6 million a year. rangers are crazy to even think about making this deal. trade him and wish him luck. I can’t see any other team offering him that amount with 7 years attached.

  3. stakex - Feb 3, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Yeah $30 million over five years is probably too high to begin with… especially since Callahan is no longer as important to the Rangers as he once was. In case no one has noticed, his role (and production for that matter) has been reduced this year and its hard to see that changing much.

    I still can’t get my head around why so many other Rangers fans think Callahan is an irreplaceable piece of the team. Sure he’s the captain, and a true heart and soul player…. but he’s hardly filling the net, and “all the other things he does” aren’t nearly as important as many make it out to be.

    At the end of the day, I just don’t get the logic of paying a guy $6 million a year to play on your 3rd line no matter what he might mean to the team/fans on an emotional level.

  4. mike0987 - Feb 3, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    just read that he’s asking closer to 7 million per for 7 years… I want one ranger fan to justify that amount … unreal

    • xdj511 - Feb 4, 2014 at 9:06 AM

      I wouldn’t justify that amount. If his contract demands are unreasonable, let him walk. It’s the talk of trading him right now that irks me. You’re not going to get much back for a pending UFA. It’s not worth messing with this team that for the last month has looked like a Stanley Cup contender. You need to keep the core of this team intact for the rest of the season, and if he decides to bolt in the summer to Buffalo or Philly or whoever makes the highest offer, so be it.

      • cofran2004 - Feb 4, 2014 at 10:54 AM

        I’m starting to rethink the trade for stewart. Same production essentially, younger (though not by a lot), and unless I’m mistaken, signed at least through next season (can someone tell me if this is true or not?)

        If cally goes to the blues, good for him. At least he’s not being traded to a team that has no shot. And the rangers don’t really lose too much. Theres a lot of guys on this team that play with heart and soul. Zuccarello for instance. If things don’t go well this week with the negotiations, trade him, and don’t blink an eye. Sure I’ll be depressed. He’s my favorite player. But I’d rather see my blue shirts win a cup than keep cally.

        Ugh…

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