The last couple of days haven't been kind to those hoping for the Rangers and Ryan Callahan to come to a contract agreement anytime soon, but this most recent update from TSN's Darren Dreger effectively puts Callahan's future in New York on life support. Dreger and Bob McKenzie took part in TSN's Insider Trading tonight and discussed, among other things, the Ryan Callahan situation. The news was grave.
"Well, I'm told that it's 99 percent guaranteed that Ryan Callahan will get traded," Dreger asserted. "We know that the St. Louis Blues have been the most consistent in showing interest. There's some connection to the Tampa Bay Lightning and other teams as well."
McKenzie chimed in to confirm this from his end.
"There have been no talks over the Olympic break between Ryan Callahan and the New York Rangers," he said.
Dreger and McKenzie also discussed Dan Girardi's less alarming, but still pressing situation.
"Many predicted that this deal would be done by now to keep Girardi... if he's not signed by March 5th, the trade deadline, there's also a 99 percent chance that he gets traded," said Dreger.
McKenzie, however, brought some optimism to the table.
"There has been ongoing dialogue with Girardi," said McKenzie. "There seems to be a little bit of a difference in term and maybe a little less than $500 thousand dollars a year difference in money, but they're trying to get that done."
As we've covered before, Dreger is, if not at the top of the food chain, then very, very close. While it is possible that a Rangers' source is purposely exaggerating the bleakness of the situation, I don't think we can chalk this up as a "negotiating ploy." Making no mistake; at this point in time it's looking very likely that Ryan Callahan will be departing New York within the next week. The one straw to still grasp to is the possibility that Callahan has a change of heart once faced with an actual reality of leaving the team and informs his agent to dramatically compromise. Don't hold your breath on that, though.
As for Girardi, it's very obviously a much more stable situation. Though the race against the clock certainly makes things difficult, there seems to be enough common ground that a deal could be worked in the coming days. As Dreger said, though, it's mildly surprising that it's even taken this long for a deal to come together. Girardi is still far from safe himself.
We'll keep you updated.
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If any trades are close do the players involved sit out. Do you take a chance that 24 gets injured(could happen) and any deal goes down the tubes. I guess if Callahan or Girardi are healthy scratches vs Chi , we will have a pretty good idea something is up. BTW, if Callahan is a definite goner, then I would roll him up in bubble wrap until deals are done. It will be nice on March 6 and beyond to talk hockey and NOTHING else. LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
we've beaten the scenarios to death...i have a new thread to dwell on....
The Trade that lights the fuse in the NHL and starts the puck bouncing.....
I feel we (NYR) have a gun to our heads.... if Cally /Gman step on the ice tomorrow nite ...we lose alot of leverage ....BUT WE KNOW THAT
i am sure all teams have there poker faces up seeing who is going to blink 1st
My Guess ...Islanders ...they always panick MAc Donald is a biggie other than G man top notch right sider....
anyway i also predict an avalanche of deal s..not a flurry ,at least 5 major deals will happen way before 3/5 ...i'm sure all teams wanna use tonite -tomorrow to move ? like we should ...
Good article Adam,
Probably the best comment following any article on the situation in New York is from NYrangers79. Nice way to break it down.
They'll probably get an older guy whose ready to retire soon & past his prime. Sather likes doing that. He should go.
I read somewhere that he and his agent say that 6.75M a year for for 7yrs IS a home town discount!!!
Crack must be easily accessable in the Buffalo area.....
Also, I head his agent is from the Buffalo/Rochester area so who knows if he's been getting an inside scoop from what the Sabers would offer, which is prohibited but can easily be done in discretion.....
Buffalo has to be his target at that price....
@TheNYRBlog 5 yr 25 m , TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT
"This is where I want to be and I'm going to control what I can control and that mainly is what I do on the ice and that's not going to change." - Ryan Callahan
PR statement much? This is what is annoying me about Cally in all of this. He's trying to deflect so much of all of this to the NYR and to his agent so he comes out clean in all of this no matter how it gets sliced. Cally, last time I checked you have a LOT of control in this, and it's not just on the ice. Your agent works for you.
Why can't players just play for the love of the game instead of letting money being the deciding factor.
This may be an uninformed question, but is it confirmed the Rangers have offered 6/6 or have they held fast at 5 yrs? That's a big, big difference when looking at this impasse.
game of chicken about to come to an end does cally take 6mil/6yr or does he go. If he goes its been Callys intentions from start to go home . b/c 6/6 is more than he deserves but he is our capt and that should count for something. First time Ill say this but I am with Sather on this one and I am a big Cally fan but a bigger Ranger fan and this BS needs to end if we want to go deep into the playoffs
Dont think they trade G he might be a wus and slow but he is a top 4 d-man and if they can get him for 4-5 yrs he is worth the money.Heart and soul goes so far but a top Dman(with Rangers) goes much further sign him trade cally and lets move on.we could use stewarts size and grit and next year reunite him with statsney and hope he becomes his old self. that would be worth all this heartache over Cally
Somewhere, Rick Nash is quietly hoping that this debacle can somehow continue for the rest of the season - distracting everyone from the incredible bust he has been.
@TheNYRBlog if there really is a 99% chance Cally is traded do you think the Rangers would risk injury by playing him in the next games?
@TheNYRBlog this seems very simple, somebody needs to go in & ask Cally y he won't take less $ if he wants to stay here so badly. Just ask
@TheNYRBlog Keep it up guys, appreciate the work to keep us all in the loop. Great job.
great opinions...only point we all should agree on is ................
DO NOT LET THIS PLAY OUT ANY FURTHER THAN Tonite ,CALLY/ GMAN
ARE EITHER SIGNED OR GONE...DO NOT LET THEM GET IN FRONT OF FANS IN UNIFORM AGAIN ON GARDEN ICE ..
WILL ONLY MAKE IT HARDER .....
hope ...cally traded.... g man signs.....
It sounds like St. Louis can't pay the kind of money Callahan is looking for either ...
Backes, David » $4,500,000
Steen, Alexander » $3,362,500 -- next year he's at $5.8
So does Callahan expect to go and be their highest paid player? That makes no sense. Besides, St. Louis can't afford it, they have just over a million in cap space as it is. Obviously we'd be getting Stewart, presumably, but still. I don't blame everybody for kicking the tires, but ...
Now I'm no expert at the business side of hockey, but how do you make this deal where everybody is better off?
@BobDunne The last time we had a good team was back in 1994 when Messier and Gretsky played for us.I was the guy who convinced Gretsky to come to N.Y.
I'd rather have St. Louis than Stewart ... but then we'd really need to find more size and toughness
@NYrangers79 your waffling ... gotta turn the pg ...
stewie from st lou may be a pleasant tough surprise...
@NYrangers79 you make intelligent points here, and help put things in perspective for us knee jerk fans here. The only thing I'd say in rebuttal is I don't agree with this adding up of assets like 4M for 2nd line 2M for gritty etc. But rather take each player as a complete whole and assess their value from there. Also just because Nash and Richey are being overpaid should not be a source of comparison in assessing Cally's worth. Based upon league structure etc. and of course I'm no expert I would put his value in the high 5s. Personally and would be OK with the low 6s. He has proven to be that valuable when healthy.
@NYrangers79 Excellent assessment from a financial/cap perspective. I would suggest "market dynamics" (supply and demand of all the other teams) will push up $ value of each available player entering FA.....just ask Prust!
@josh930 Post on that coming at 11:30am. Unreal.
@casey4x1 Rangers are offering 5 yrs, 30M.
@Richie50 I've only seen five years.
@Richie50 I dont think one thing that has been in this blog for past month on Cally is actually confirmed but comes from various sources that are respected
The hell with Sathers, who wouldn't wanna get as much as they can and provide for their family? I'm sure Sathers and Dolan ain't hurting.
@Bring back Langdon I would trade Cally for Stewart in a heart beat. He is a solid player and one of the best fighters in the NHL.I would even through in McIlrath since he's not progressed as expected and he's toughness would be replaced with Stewart's
@Say my Name Cmon,you see what i see ...a fuckin bull who when given the center (see my notes on #1 center -need )
Since acquired he has a srtike short 48 game cluster fuck...w/ole man Richards ...2 concussions and Stepan as an over matched center always playing catch up ...BUT i still see flashes ..like th 10 goal;s in 10 games ..he went to the net ...hard ...Kreider is a big help ,he is staring to throw his self into it w/results ,seems to be finding an attitude and is so fast -strong if only the get he center man to conduct the attack and make teams worry about him...
Spezzza- a proven quarterback who wont will dish & dish all nite long ...Stastny jis best is yet to come ... he will go boom here !!!
many cups to fight for w/ a headliner and dfense & King H...
@Say my Name Amen to that brother, He was practically invisible in the Olympics too.
@jbattista4 @TheNYRBlog Cally's agent said that his current asking price is actually a "bargain."
@AG_Blue one of those players namely Stewart would be coming back so they could somehow work something out
@AG_Blue He'd be going there as a rental. Remember when we acquired Derek Morris, Bryan McCabe, Nik Antropov, Petr Sykora, etc. at the deadline and then let them walk in the summer? Same deal. They'd be acquiring him for a playoff run.
Yes it far fetched
Compare Richards resume of work previous to calllys Richards best yr is almost double of callys
Stanly cup champ/MVP
1st line center
Sorry but if you look at this thru ranger fan glasses he shd get 10 mil
Now he gets shown the door
This signing is of course during the off season and after he is rented out to another team.
Actually this might work for him but its one shot at a cup....
If he does go to a playoff contender, wins a cup, he can go die in Buffalo for 7M a year
@TheNYRBlog , THATS OVERPAYING , HES A PKER , THIRD LINER . I LOVE HIS EFFORT BUT HES NOT A 6m PLAYER
@TheNYRBlog @casey4x1 more than fair imo
@scrangersfan @Bring back Langdon I wouldnt count on Dylan M, even if he comes uip have you watched his AHL fight tape he loses as many as he wins. plus if he progresses into the dman we thought he might you want him on ice more than in box. but if we did have both there would be less shit happening just with the thought of either one in back of opponents mind
I don't follow you, Langdon. Did you leave out a word or something? All of those players would be coming back (to the Blues) with the possible exception of Stewart if he's the trade as rumored
Right. I conveniently left that out because it begs the question why a move is in Callahan's best interest. What does he think will happen after his rental?
Now you're talkin! Lots of questions ... but you point out some sensible possibilities
@AG_Blue @Bring back Langdon who says its st louis last move and who says cally takes less for more yrs in st louis and play with his buddys on a stanley cup contender instead of buffalo on a loser for more and $$$ goes further in st louis than NYC and more country boy friendly than NYC too if thats what hes looking for plus his 2 buddys from the olympics and a coach that values his style of play in their system. ever think its not the money but he may want to go?
Negative. That's not enough money freed up if you ask Cally what he wants. The Blues only have a little cap space left and that's already spent on Steen. There's no future there for Cally.