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Rangers owner says Callahan was traded after ‘asking for too much’ money

Mar 18, 2014, 8:42 PM EDT

Ryan Callahan AP

Ryan Callahan said he wanted to stay with the New York Rangers, but the team’s owner James Dolan told ESPN Radio that Callahan also wanted too much money. Dolan states that that’s the reason why he was sent to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a blockbuster trade.

“I think Ryan, essentially, was asking too much for his services and was going to hamstring the team,” Dolan said, according to Katie Strang’s transcription. “With that, I think [general manager Glen Sather] did the right thing.”

Reports indicated that Callahan, 28, and the Rangers made progress toward a compromise regarding a contract extension, with some murmurs that they were (only?) a few hundred thousand apart. Callahan explained that “it’s the part of the business that’s not fun.”

Many Rangers fans will likely be curious to see what kind of deal their former captain ends up with, then.

Callahan is fitting in pretty nicely with the Bolts so far; he has four points in six games and seems active with 19 shots on goal heading into Tuesday. As of this moment, Martin St. Louis only has two assists in his first seven games with the Rangers (his eighth is in progress).

  1. 7mantel - Mar 18, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Dolan makes me sick ! He has no qualms raising Cable, ,Newsday and ticket prices !

    • jernster21 - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      There’s still a salary cap, genius.

      • 7mantel - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:29 PM

        The cap has nothing to with my statement ,moron !

    • imgoingtowichita - Mar 19, 2014 at 7:47 AM

      Where do you draw the line? Agents use stats when it benefits the player, when stats are not there – he’s a ‘heart & soul guy’ and you (mgmt) can’t risk losing him. It’s about time a GM said enough.

      • 7mantel - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:40 AM

        My statement is about Dolan being a greedy corporate cat ! But to honest I don’t have a problem with asking for more money because it’s a negotiation amI right or wrong?

      • c9castine - Mar 19, 2014 at 11:51 PM

        negotiations only happen when the other side has no choice but to engage.

        in this case, they just got rid of him.

    • dirtyharry1971mom - Mar 19, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      Who blames Callahan, I would’ve asked for the same thing, Glen Sather gave, Gomez, Drury, Gaborik, Naslund, Girardi, Lundqvist, ect ….TOO MUCH MONEY! Why not Callahan too? personally, as a Tampa Bay fan, I want them to resign him, everytime he’s on the ice, makes a big play, blocks a shot, hustles out of the corner with the puck, the whole Tampa bay bench erupts. I really think we were missing a guy like him in our top 6. I wouldn’t sign him at the terms he wanted, but something in the 5.5M cap hit for 4-5 years seems fair, with the cap going up, and Malone likely bought out this summer. I wouldn’t be surprised they’d sign him.

      Also having a guy like Callahan around for guys like Palat, Brown, Johnson, Panik. They might learn a thing or two from his game. It can only help the young guys IMO

      • 7mantel - Mar 19, 2014 at 7:21 PM

        He gives 100% every night !

    • c9castine - Mar 19, 2014 at 11:50 PM

      it new york city buddy. dont know what to tell you.

      he still has to worry about a salary cap here. take your gripes somewhere else.

      • 7mantel - Mar 20, 2014 at 7:22 AM

        Tell your story walking !

    • nyr33tdbz - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      You seem to forget how Callahan isnt worth 7 million dollars….. or 6 million dollars….. or 5 million dollars….. shall I go on?

      • 7mantel - Mar 20, 2014 at 12:01 PM

        Where did I say what he is worth ? I said I have no problem with him asking for 6 million, if he gets 6 mil good for him if not at least he tried !

  2. muckleflugga - Mar 18, 2014 at 8:57 PM


    four points in six games … wayne and brett and teemu must be getting scared … ooooh ooooh

    callahan’s over-priced and over-rated in a market where they throw money at anything that’s warm, breathes and can survive the nightly slaughter

    good on him for whatever he gets while he can … he wouldn’t be getting any of mine were it my decision

  3. lowenni - Mar 18, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    As expected. As I wrote on another post, Callahan has no one to blame but himself for his trade out of New York. I’m sure they would’ve loved to keep him there for the rest of his career, he’s beloved by the city, but he was simply too greedy about the matter. At the end of the day, for a pro athlete, is six million instead of five really worth leaving a city in which you’re adored? I don’t think so. Apparently Callahan did.

    • charlieconway96 - Mar 19, 2014 at 4:04 AM

      Slow clap… Couldn’t have said it better myself.

    • isphet71 - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:12 AM

      To be fair, 6 million in Dallas is worth like 12 million in New York. That city is crazy expensive to live in.

  4. elwaysagenius - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Wait James Dolan owns the rangers too? I feel sorry for NY sports fans

    • rpiotr01 - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      The good news is that Dolan really doesn’t care about the Rangers and gives the GM total control over the team. The bad news is that the GM is Glen Sather.

  5. elwaysagenius - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Wait James Dolan owns the rangers too? I feel sorry for NY sports fans

  6. flyersfan85 - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    From a guy down in Tampa.. sad we had to lose Marty..but thanks for Cally.

    Soo…dont know how its gonna work out but I know we got a quality player for a quality player..

    • 7mantel - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      Yes Sir ! Don’t understand all the hate of Callahan,what’s wrong with testing the waters ?

      • charlieconway96 - Mar 19, 2014 at 4:10 AM

        Nothing wrong with testing the waters, I love Callahan’s style of play but he’s not productive enough to be close to worth as much money as he was asking. There’s a difference between testing the waters and seeing who can hold their breath the longest.

  7. titansbro - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    One only need to look at the Knicks to see how incompetent an owner James Dolan is.

  8. phxyotes - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    James Dolan rode his daddy’s coattails to financial success. The guy is a complete clown that knows nothing about hockey.

    • moarjam - Mar 19, 2014 at 10:40 AM

      You are not wrong.

      But neither is he about cally.

  9. cliffatola - Mar 19, 2014 at 6:25 AM

    When you see what the Maple Leafs paid David Clarkson and the rumors about Bolland asking for 5m a season, it isn’t unreasonable to see why Callahan would ask for such money he’s better than both and brings more to the table when healthy. Salary cap or not, there are several GM’s in the league that are hopelessly lost when it comes to doing their jobs not just Sather and Nonis either.

    • imgoingtowichita - Mar 19, 2014 at 7:52 AM

      Agreed and therein lies the inherent artificial escalator for salaries.

  10. 2qswing - Mar 19, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    6 mil a year shot blocker. Rangers did the right thing. Signing him would have crippled them moving forward. Say what you want about Dolan, he’s right in this situation. He simply asked for too much.
    I never understood when people use prior stupid deals (Clarkson) to justify additional stupid deals.

  11. windsor9101 - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    You don’t trade your 28 year old Captain, and #1 pick and a #2 pick for a 38 year old guy. Just dumb!

  12. talon7227 - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    He clearly made the right choice. The fact that Callahan thinks he is even worth the 6.5 Million mark is incredibly laughable. To put this in perspective, Steven Stamkos makes 7.5 Million a year. Callahan’s best single season point mark is about 58 or 59… Stamkos has scored more goals in a single season than Callahan’s career point year. 100% of people would spend the extra Million on a Stamkos over Callahan. I know they don’t play the same position, but Callahan is relied upon to score points. He could and should bring 3.5 million.

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