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Callahan’s agent hasn’t talked with Rangers since before Olympics (Updated)

Feb 27, 2014, 10:52 AM EST

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If Ryan Callahan and the New York Rangers are going to work out a last-minute contract extension and avoid a trade, it won’t be a result of anything that’s been negotiated in the last few weeks.

That’s because, per ESPNNewYork.com, Callahan’s agent and the club haven’t even spoken in the last few weeks.

“I haven’t talked to them since before the Olympics,” Steve Bartlett said yesterday morning. “There’s really been no dialogue since I left. Either we talk this week or it’ll be pretty clear what direction they’ve decided to take.”

It’s been reported there’s a 99 percent chance that Callahan will be dealt before Wednesday’s deadline, and this news would seem to support that probability.

Bartlett does, however, maintain that Callahan’s “first choice is to make a deal with the Rangers.”

The question then is how badly he wants to stay put. Unless this is all just a big bluff by general manager Glen Sather, it sounds like Callahan will have to drop his contract demands if he wants to remain with the Rangers.

An update from Pat “Stop Coaching” Leonard:

  1. desertfan - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Ryan WHO???

  2. nyeagles10 - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Hey Chally bring some sun screen for that big snose of yours. The sun rays are very powerful in Tampa

  3. DED - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    Idiots on both sides of this process.

  4. rpiotr01 - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    If Callahan and agent really think they can get that 6.5-7 million elsewhere, then by all means keep playing this hand, get dealt and go from there. I just don’t see any team giving up that kind of contract for him. The Rangers are usually THE team to overpay. After developing him, seeing how hard he works, knowing everything there is to know about him and making him the team Captain – if they aren’t willing to go that far, who is?

  5. xdj511 - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    I haven’t talked to the Rangers except for the couple of times that I talked to them yesterday. Damn this 24 hour news cycle. I wish I could ignore all of this until next week’s deadline and whatever happens, happens.

  6. sportsfan69 - Feb 27, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Hey Callahan,

    You better pray you don’t get hurt. If you were truly a team leader, “The Captain” your contract demands you wouldn’t be so obnoxious. I could understand and agree to 5 million per year for 6 years or 5.5 million per year for 5 years. Anything more, is highway robbery for the NY Rangers. We are in salary cap era without an anmesty provision. I would have thought playing with Dustin Brown from the LA Kings would have rub off some class and leadership to you. But instead it’s lead to a huge ego. It’s all about me. The only reason you’re considered for 5 million per year, is because you’re wear the Captain on your jersey. That’s it. Your stats and skill set don’t back up your demands. I’m sorry, it’s dam truth.

    • drewphdude - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      Dustin Brown? Class? That gave me a good laugh.

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