According to Pat Leonard at the Daily News, only one of the teams that the Rangers had granted permission to discuss contract extension details with Ryan Callahan had phoned his agent as of Saturday.
Leonard adds that the team is unknown, however, it is not the Columbus Blue Jackets who are reportedly interested in the Rangers captain.
Meanwhile, Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that the Buffalo Sabres are willing to meet Callahan's contract demands of seven-years, $42 million this offseason, but aren't interested in giving up assets to obtain him before the trade deadline.
Brooks adds that Buffalo would also make Callahan their team captain.
There is some discrepancy regarding Glen Sather's "deadline" to sign Callahan before he decides to trade the 28-year old. Brooks continues to report the Rangers want to get this done before the Friday 3pm Olympic roster freeze, however, Callahan's agent Steve Bartlett told Leonard that he's not aware of a hard deadline from the Blueshirts.
...welp, if Brooks' report is true, the Sabres just gave Callahan the upper hand in negotiations. No way Callahan is going to agree to the Rangers five-year offer, when he'll have a seven-year deal from his default hometown team waiting for him this summer.
...the ball is now in Sather's court. If he can't convince Callahan that Buffalo is a dreary, depressing city where no one wants to live, while the Rangers are on the precipice of a Stanley Cup, he'll have two choices: trade the captain or cave to his demands. I can't believe I'm saying this, but it seems more and more likely that Ryan Callahan will not be a Ranger when the puck drops on the 2014-15 season.
Buffalo has money to throw around... And a hometown boy will draw a bigger crowds along with jersey sales so it may be worth it for them. They don't care if they are going to win or not. They are in a rebuild mode and cally will just keep the fans coming until the rebuild is in formation.
I thought it was Glen Sathers responsibility to help the Rangers win the Stanley Cup by providing a winning team. Looking to trade Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi seems to me that Sather is going in the wrong direction towards the Cup. Wake up Ranger management think about what you are doing to the future of the only team in NewYork that has a chance to win any kind of a ttle lately.
“Ryan Callahan wants north of $6.5 million and close to $7 million per year on a seven-year deal. If he gets that in UFA buyer beware. He would be a great fit on 30 teams, he is a heart and soul player but not at almost $7 million. Sather is drumming up interest and wants to see the market entirely.” (Darren Dreger on TSN Drive)"
Dreger just went on record as saying Callahan wants 7 years at north of 6.5 million per year and is not budging. Sorry guys but his days in a blueshirt are over. Now it is time to see what we can get in return for him.
Bottom line is he's barely worth the 5 years 30 million. He plays very hard which is great but he doesn't have a shelf life for seven Years maybe not even five. I think Cally being the captain has gone to his head. If he hoisted the cup in the garden he might be worth it. Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out.
"Buffalo ranked 2nd best city to relocate to in America"
@TheNYRBlog well reading that was a punch to the gut. There's always a team desperate for a Cally type player. Slats' move backfired. Idiot
no chance brooks is reporting anything other than his opinion or a random rumor. since cally isnt a free agent yet it would tampering on the part of buffalo to indicate anything about what they are and are not willing to do, never mind already giving him the C. lets face it, at this moment in time any column that includes the name "callahan" is getting tons of clicks and reads, a fact not lost on brooks (or our blogger friends). in reality, we have no idea what buffalo or any other team is willing to offer. we dont really even know what's going on in house, which is why i personally am taking everything with a grain of salt. as tight lipped as sather normally is about everything, it seems very odd that suddenly every aspect of this negotiation is out for us all to see. there are many moving parts to this, and we probably know none or next to none of it.
hope he signs with buff and gets his cash and takes care of his family and is happy, but we need to receive something worthwhile from another team in mean time. stewart and a pick would be great and I bet if st louis offers him a fair deal like sathers after he stays in st louis. great city also a ownership like rangers that treat their players really well
I think Cally is being really short-sighted with his contract demands. He is basically trading two extra years in the NHL for the potential of lifetime employment (like Mess, Leetch, and others before them) if he wins a cup and retires a captain. That extra couple million and couple years, are not worth nearly as much as staying in New York and becoming a legend.
Looks like it is time for Cally to go. Separately, I respectfully disagree with your comment, "the Rangers are on the precipice of a Stanley Cup." Let's be honest. In recent times they've generally beaten teams that were comparable to themselves, or even lower in standings (the Islanders, who they struggled with). Let's see how they do against Colorado and Pittsburgh first. This team still has to improve considerably before even thinking about the Cup.
Just because slats allowed salary negotiations to take place, I'm sure it was under the pretext that an agreement on players to exchange came first. Tampering could be explored here, if you believe Brooksie.
Greedy bastard. Your getting offered 30 million to play the next 5 years in the greatest city in the world. Trust me I understand its a business but rangers aren't low balling him at 4 million a year. 6 million is very fair and after his contract is up he'll be able to make up 12 in those 2 years as a FA. I don't feel bad for guys like that, he could move on. The rangers need guys to take fair deals in order for us to attract another big fa or 2.
Il go into the playoffs with this exact team with the additon of one or two guys if possible. Matt moulson fits in very nicely and it would only take picks and/or low end prospects to get him. If they endup trading cally we better get something in return that replaces him and helps us win this year
Interesting to see how this will play out...Hopefully, they can agree on a 6 year deal at about 38 million...Love Cally, (and don't want him to go), but the NHL is a business, and if he goes to Buffalo, so be it...Good luck winning a cup there...
Nananana, nananana, heyheyhey gooodbye! Lets hope we get at least something for him as a rental if this is accurate
No one is taking into consideration. BUFFALO IS SHIPPING OUT MOST OF ITS TALENT....
Miller.. may be traded
Ott may be traded
MOulSON WILL BE AN UFA
Etc... Also. Who b the hell want to play there.....they will no compete for at least lot 2 or 3 yrs. Especially if all those moves happen....
who said Cally will sign there anyway? A team may offer him a lot less but is a cup contender.... big fall is not a cup contender....
People act like u have half a brain please
@thenyrblog you have to keep in mind in your commentary that ALOT of what Brooks' says is speculation based on sources that don't always pan out. Also, you're basing a commentery on Brooks' report where he states "though Buffalo is believed willing to meet Callahan’s asking price" He's not even citing a source, he's saying buffalo is believed to be when Katie Strang quotes Bartlett as "nothing has changed" and the buffalo news says the Sabres haven't even inquired about Callahan, you see Colombus detracting any rumors and the only team beat writer to report interest is St. Louis and all they seem to be offering is Chris Stewart. This lends to the point i've been pounding since last week, the market does NOT exsist for a Callahan trade unless there is a team un mentioned waiting in the wings.
LOL even funnier is shitsburgh at number 1
for what? compare nyc where you walk out your door and have anything you want. Buffalo is nice and boring if i wanted that i'd move to long island and root for that team... Its about bang for your buck pittsburg was 1 please been to pittsburghZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ with 30 million you dont need bang for your buck. please never tell me buffalo is a great place to relocate to when I live in a place no one wants to relocate from
@Rangeranger well that was immature, but then again no surprise from some people here.
Its near his parents and hes got a young kid. Things like that can change ur life and the choices you make pretty fucking quickly. Plus, its a lot of cash.
and who says buffalo actually offered that and by end of season that offer (if true) is still there. too many if's all this is here say thru gm mouth pieces or the conduits they use to put out rumors to scare the other side .
@NYRBlueBlog Just because something isn't being reported doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Del Zotto was rumored to be traded to every team, but Nashville.
As far as my commentary, I'm giving my thoughts on what's out there. I have no responsibility to my readers to clarify what Brooks is making up or what he's getting from a legit source because I have no idea.
As has always been the case with this blog, I give my initial reaction to the news, with not much thought, zero research and complete honesty.
@NYRBlueBlog If Stewart is available and they cannot negotiate anything that's an option worth exploring. He's a young tough player who can score and provide grit. Right now he's in St. Louis dog house from what I've heard.
I was born and raised in Ithaca and although thankfully just south of the real snow belt I saw what winters were like there first hand and even going to university in canada didn't convince me that a dreary cold blue collar town in the middle of nowhere is where I would want to raise a family! I am loyal to a fault and will always support the Bills, but am thankful I got MSG network in the early 80's and got to fall in love with the Rangers! Cally is competitive and he like every other NHL'er wants a real chance at the cup... I really find it unlikely that the lure of a bit more money puts him in buffalo anytime soon. The city isn't that far from Rochester and he can afford pvt jets if he wants... If he leaves it will be to a cup contender.
brockport most depressing place on earth plus i am in buffalo twice a year for schutzhund competition and we go to toronto at night for fun. Buffalo is better than rochester but not by much. if your content with a mundane life its awesome but Im not
@Bring back Langdon too bad you didn't choke.
How many guys take the big fucking money and regret it......
How many guys play at home work family and regret it
U'd be a fucking idiot to take money with no chance of winning a cup or championship in ur first 2 to 3 yrs after signing with a new team
...... it's called business....and winning..... u can live anywhere with those numbers he is looking for.....Buffalo will over pay... but won't win anytime soon...
Very true......bottom line is Cally by his demands. Shows me he is just greedy....shame...so I say trade him..... He will regret it more than the rangers will
@Kevin DeLury @NYRBlueBlog "I give my initial reactions to the news, with not much thought, zero research and complete honesty."
The perfect template for the rest of us morons to then chime in with our own useless opinions. But its fun to talk about none the less.
@NYRBlueBlog - Is Larry Brooks full of shit? as far as I can tell, probably. Is he 90% of the reason anyone is even talking about this or asking Callahan about this? I'd put money on it. But it serves a purpose. I wouldn't be the slightest bit shocked if 20 years from now when Sather is long gone (hopefully) and Brooks is no longer a writer, it turns out that his "well placed source" was Glen himself, and it turned out they have a deal that every time something happened Larry would be the first to know, but in exchange, every time Sather wanted to float an "idea" or "rumor" out there, Larry had to run with it. Like it or not, Larry Brooks (somehow) has the clout and pedigree within the league that writers like Strang only dream about. Sure, Larry's rumors don't pan out more often than not, but that doesn't mean their wrong. Sather has said on more than one ocassion that the majority of the moves we see are months in the making. Its all part of a bigger plot to move leverage, to distract, cloak and dagger type stuff, and Larry is probably his most important asset. Would you be surprised if you found out that Glen had Larry writing article after article about the Avs and the Habs and the Jets wanting DZ and leaving Nashville out to drive Poille to make a move? I wouldn't.
Sather has proven to this point that he is a master of trades, and an bumbling fool when he can work with a blank check. What I think we may be finally seeing here is Glen figuring out how to use his shrewdness and savvy that he's used on other GMs, and turn it on Players' Agents. You think your client is desired by other teams? I can't even get a draft pick for him. You think your client can get that much money? Here's a list of GMs who don't want to talk to him about an extension, even if I let them. And maybe Larry's crack-pot articles are just part of the equation.
...And some how Kevin and this blog are in on it too...
you really have to look at Sather's trade history to get an idea of what they are looking for here. Sather will not make a trade unless he walks away a clear winner. Think the Derek Morris deadline deal from '08, the Nash deal, the Gomez deal. He needs to feel not only he has the best hand but the trade won't bite him. Callahan for Stewart carries way too much risk for Sather to pull the trigger on that it makes me feel that Sather would want Stewart as a throw in and not a centerpiece in return for Callahan. I think St. Louis told Sather they'd be willing to trade Stewart so he did his due dillegence on him which is what created the rumor mill on him, however i feel the hold up is genuinely about St. Louis wanting Stewart to be the Center piece and Sather wanting him to be the toss in. Sather doesn't make trades unless he wins them.
i don't disagree, my guess is the only hold up in that deal is Sather wanted more in return and St. Louis wasn't willing to budge. I like the prospect of Stewart, however there are alot of negatives that come with him. The first is he's only 2 years younger than Callahan) and doesn't have the friendliest contract as this time next season he will be a rental (he's under contract this year and next for $4.2m) so you have the same demands next year from Stewart as you do this year from Cally and whereas Cally is a PK and defensive zone whiz, Stewart has stumbled in St. Louis because he dislike's the slow grinding system of St. Louis. Let's plug him into the Rangers system and he might spark some scoring but he's scored more than 20 goals only twice and both were with Colorado playing the wing with Stastny who can make a 20 goal scorer out of Carcilo playing on his wing. He's also not necessarily an assist machine and i always worry about a young player who's not fitting into a system like a Ken Hitchcock's who is a very well respected cup winning coach. I think the Rangers would want one more piece that's more of a sure thing in that deal as well as a pick/mid level prospect and i don't think St. Louis wants to give up all 3 especially if they're looking to add goaltending. Also with them in cup contention not just playoff contention i don't think they want to give up anyone else on their roster to get the deal done.
definitely never lived anywhere near there, but I have enjoyed a couple nice visits to Ithaca ... It can be quite beautiful in the summer and fall, but can't imagine living up there
how many times they take the money and ask to be traded 3 yrs later why not cally
@mando24179 We may hear something by later today or this week. This may be negotiating tactics from Cally's agent and not greed. Let's wait till the end of the day to judge him
absolutely, Sather does a deal if it's a sure thing and Chris Stewart. You don't trade your captain for a "could be" if you expect to keep your reputation and job past the season. problem is, most sure things out there are guys on teams still in contention and nobody wants to downgrade a position so interest in Cally would come from an interest to upgrade and why would we want to bring in a package of 1)lesser player 2)a "could be" we've had enough nik zherdev's in NY.