Last year Callahan, who made $2.3 million last year, had 23 goals and 25 assists this season despite missing 22 games with a broken hand.
...Callahan personifies this hard working Rangers team and to me should be priority #1, ahead of Richards, this offseason. I'd like to see him get between $3.5 - $4 million for 5 years.
...really looking forward to him wearing the "C" next season. Having said that, hopefully he's learned to stay out of the way of CHara slap shots.
I don't understand how the isanders can sign grabner and moulson (both 30 goal scorers) for less than we're giving Callahan.... I don't understand it at all
Regardless of the extra cap space, i think that a big part of buying Drury out had to do with 1) wanting a changing of the guard in leadership and 2) callahan contract talks. I'm sure the Rangers are going to go in there and say "Listen, you are going to be the Captain of this team" and try to maybe get a couple more years, or a few dollars less, out of him.
@trueblue31 Different teams, different situations. Grabner and Moulson don't posses an iota of the leadership ability that Callahan does. Add to the fact that he is arbitration eligible and those guys were both RFAs for a cap floor team and there is your answer.
@KingBadaBing LOL. He's a team guy, but not that much of one. Man's got to make his paper.
@iamthebest Good point. I'm assuming these talks will be very amicable. Dubi? Well that's a whole other story.
@trueblue31 Also, Moulson and Grabner are just two guys to be happy to have a team at this point. Moulson was a guy who never got a shot in LA and Grabner was traded, and then waived in the same offseason. They are buying into the young Isles squad and understand that this is not a team with a lot of money to throw around right now. Grabner also has to do what Moulson did - show he can score 30 AGAIN.
@KevinDeLury I think Dubinsky's deal will get done quicker this time than last, because I think he's a bit more mature now, the organization has a better idea of what kind of player he is and what he can do, and there are comparables out there like Stafford's new contract. I think 4 for 5 each is probably a reasonable guess on what both these guys will get, maybe more years on Callahan's deal.
@CinciMike @iamthebest @KevinDeLury whenever cally and dubi are talking contracts they should definitely look back on the OT winner vs Pitt last season. They looked like two little kids when the goal was scored. maybe they both take less money to allow more money for richards to come in... (sound familiar) *cough Heat cough*
@iamthebest @KevinDeLury we can only hope that, as it seems, these guys really enjoy playing together. That was one of the things I enjoyed this past season, that they played hard together, stuck together, and really seemed to like each other as a team. I know that only goes so far and they have to get paid, but they need to realize they are on the cusp of something really special here over the next few years. They will have to give and take a little to keep this team together.