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Report: Callahan lowers contract demands, sizable gap remains

Mar 3, 2014, 10:17 AM EDT

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 27: Ryan Callahan #24 of the New York Rangers skates in an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Madison Square Garden on February 27, 2014 in New York City. Rangers won 2-1. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images) Getty Images

With the 2013-14 trade deadline just two days away, the New York Rangers’ contract negotiations with captain Ryan Callahan have shown the first outward sign of progress in quite some time.

Callahan had been demanding a contract in the ballpark of seven years, $49 million and the Rangers had balked at that. The negotiations consequently seemed to be going nowhere fast and the chances of them trading him were reportedly at “99 percent.”

Now he’s willing to accept a six-year offer with an average annual salary in the range of $6.5 million to $6.75 million, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

That’s a meaningful concession given that the previous seven-year length was one of the Rangers’ major issues because they’re concerned about the 28-year-old’s durability.

The two sides still have a large gap to overcome as the Rangers don’t want to go over a $6 million annual salary for Callahan, but now there’s a glimmer of hope.

  1. bildomatic - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Say hello to the next Scott Gomez/Chris Drury Rags fans if they ink this kid to a 6 year 6.5M deal… 11 goals, 25pts and a -3 rating gets you 6.5M per nowadays eh? Interesting…

    • bcsteele - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      I made the point to someone awhile back that aside from leadership (and numbers don’t lie) this player is no better than someone like T.J. Oshie. Look at the stats if you like and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

      And Oshie comes with a 4.15 cap hit for another couple of years…

      I know Callahan is the captain and a heart a soul player, but there’s a line to be drawn for sure. I figure he’s worth maybe about 5.5 for around 5 years but who knows where it’ll wind up.

      • withseidelinn - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:09 AM

        I think that’s still way too high, but in this market it’s what he’ll get at the minimum.

      • 950003cups - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:17 AM

        C’mon Cally! Them them if they don’t give you the $6.75 now, the price is going up to $8.5! Make Glenny yell “SHOWWWW MEEEEEE THE MONEYYYYY”

      • angrytwitterguy - Mar 3, 2014 at 12:33 PM

        No way he’s worth this money, but I do get a kick outta how many of you still ONLY look at Goals and Assists for the most part when attempting to judge a player.

        You do know that blocked shots and Hits are tracked right?

        Callahan year to year is in the Top 10 for each for wingers.

        See there’s a difference between watching games, and ignorantly looking at a only a few stats.
        It’s like some fool trying to make an argument that Sedin is as good as Neal because the point totals are similar.

        Some players do the lil things that help teams win, blocking shots and finishing checks.

        Is he worth 6.5? Or 6? LOL No way, but spare us these silly comments about point totals

      • killerpgh - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:00 PM

        It’s not really fair to compare Cally’s rumored contract to TJ Oshie’s current contract. When Oshie’s signed his current deal with the 4.15 cap hit he was a RFA who had played in less than 275 NHL games. Callahan has over 500 NHL games under his belt and is a more established NHLer at this point in his career than Oshie was going into his contract.

      • tdrusher225 - Mar 3, 2014 at 3:27 PM

        But you have to remember that he brings a lot more to a team than point totals and overall stats. This a true heart and soul guy who will likely be a future Selke candidate. That being said, I understand the hesitation to give that kind of money and term to a player like that who is also injury prone.

    • newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      Exactly as I see it.

      The Rangers seems to be a team willing to dump a lot of money to lure players over.

      How many players have been burried or gotten awefull contracts that kill their career?

      • moarjam - Mar 3, 2014 at 12:01 PM

        That is a great way to do business…

        You don’t think Sather knows he’s had some terrible contracts?

        Just because you’ve made mistakes before doesn’t mean you have to keep making them. At least I hope that’s how Sather is thinking.

    • rrsm53 - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      what else is new in the sports industry, players want the money, teams dont want to pay and the fans ultimately get the screws because ticket prices go higher and higher. When teams start calling players bluffs you might see things change but i really doubt it.

  2. xdj511 - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Well that’s a bit more realistic at least. 6 years, 36 million… kind of similar to Girardi’s deal but he would get an extra half a million a year for being team captain, I guess.

  3. 950003cups - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    COWARD!!

  4. 950003cups - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Will he dare let Dave Clarkson make more than he? Blasphemy!!

  5. earpaniac - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    If he’s a $6.5 mil a year guy, what does that make Toews or Crosby?!

    • hockeydon10 - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:55 AM

      $20?

      Cally being a “heart and soul” and “captain” isn’t worth that much more than any other player averaging around .5 PPG.

      There are a lot of “heart and soul” players grinding away on 3rd and 4th lines throughout the NHL, so that doesn’t quite make the case.

      I could see something like 4-4.75 for a player with that production. Add on .5 or .75 for being team captain.

    • xdj511 - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:55 AM

      That’s certainly where things are headed. The salary cap is going to go up this year and will probably be around 80 million by the end of this CBA. Marquee players making 10 million probably isn’t all that far-fetched. Some players who signed long-term deals early in their careers might be kicking themselves in a few years, or worse, trying to renegotiate.

      • runhigh24 - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:12 AM

        Players contracts can’t be negotiated or altered in any way and extensions can’t be agreed upon until there is 1 year left. CBA dictates that. Toews and Kane are eligible for extensions in July. 8 years/$80 million for each isn’t unrealistic.

  6. moarjam - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    So he’s come down from his absolutely absurd demands to now just absurd demands.

  7. pone27 - Mar 3, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    I would love to know what sales pitch Cally and his agent are using to justify his contract demands.

    What, he is a captain??? That can change tomorrow if AV wanted to.

    Sounds to me like a last ditch effort for Cally to try to get his money/stay in NY. I think he is all but gone.

    • hockeydon10 - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      Yep. Every locker room has a lot more leaders than they do players with a letter on their chest.

  8. DED - Mar 3, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Sheeesh, take the $6 mill already, Cally. It’s a 40% raise and more than everyone else except Nash, Richards (who’s probably bought out this summer), and Lundqvist.

  9. stepanup - Mar 3, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Alex Steen got 5.8. If Callahan signs for more than 5.5 Steen’s agent should get canned.

    • hockeydon10 - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      Good point. He plays and skates hard, from what I’ve seen of him. Even not counting this year he was somewhere around .70 or so PPG while in St. Louis.

  10. rpiotr01 - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    This is what happens with you pay Chris Drury $7mil a year to play on the third line and score 20-25 goals a year: guys like Callahan start to get whacky ideas about their value.

    Frankly I think Callahan would be lucky to get Dan Girardi’s deal. If a team was signing him as a free agent, I have to think they look at the numbers, the games played and missed, and figure he’s not worth more than $4.5-5 per year for 4-5 years.

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