According to New York Rangers website beat writer Jim Cerny, Brad Richards missed practice this morning, but will play in tonight's game at Yankee Stadium against the Islanders.
...did anyone else's heart skip a beat thinking about Richards not being eligible to be bought out this offseason if injured. Hey Glen, get that guy in some bubble wrap.
...in all seriousness, the gamble not to buyout Richards last offseason has paid off up until this point as he's been producing as well as leading a potent power play attack that has not been seen around these parts since Leetch and Zubov patrolled the blueline.
...still won't save him from being bought out this summer, but he's been a pleasant surprise this season.
Meanwhile, after practice Ryan Callahan reacted to the recent trade rumors which have included his name (via Bergen Record)...
“I know when you’re a pending UFA (unrestricted free agent) and the contract talks are still going on that there’s going to be rumors out there and that’s part of it,” Callahan said. “You worry about what’s going on on the ice and you concentrate on that and that’s all you can do.
“Nobody likes uncertainty,” Callahan said. “You’d like to know where you’d like to be and I want to be a Ranger so that’s definitely part of it.”
...canned response. Sure, Callahan wants to remain a Rangers, but only if it's financially beneficial for him.
Girardi has been offered 6 years at 5 million or 5 years at 5.5 by the rangers. Have to imagine he is a Ranger. Writing might be on the wall for Cally unless he comes way down.
This is the annual cap hit if you buyout Richards;
Brad Richards buyout from CapGeek.com
From 2017-2020 (prob the twilight years of this teams core) you will have to lose $7m from the cap. Yes you save money until then but is it worth it? Food for thought
callys a mediocre player on a mediocre team and should be paid as such not as a top 6. this is a business. depreciating assets get written off. If Cally can get that money away he should he should have his family first and foremost in mind when negotiating..he was a wonderful player for rangers. take a note from a 4 time super bowl champion when players get too big for the team they let them go. never stiopped the Giants from being a premier org. there are some down years but they always rebuild to championship status
It's a shame Richards' contract is so shitty (for the or-gan-eye-zation) otherwise I think he should stay with the team. Is he the only player with a ring? He probably leads the team in career playoff games and points. Gotta have a veteran presence come playoff time, along with a rugged roster.
Sure, Richey's doing pretty well this year but not wort the money. His salary could have been better used on "parts" this year. Cally would definitely like to stay here of course. He's been the face and character of this team for several years and I have no reason to doubt his sentiment but it is a business and everyone understands that. I hope it works out that he can stay.
Callahan should do the best for himself and the Rangers should be realistic about a contract.Sentiment has nothing to do with this.If we have to trade, we trade.Same with Richards, he must be bought out after the dreadful year he had for no reason last year. Having a good or consistent decent year is to be expected with that contract.We can't keep that contract after he showed clearly that a little decline from him is disastrous for him.He is getting older and is going to decline.Far too risky for the team.
@TheNYRBlog Richards is one of the best players on the team this year. He's not getting bought out.
I don't want to come off offensive, i mean this in the most honest respectful and genuine way possible but while engaging in the discussions on this blog, i'm seeing major comments made by administrators of this blog that while being unsubstantiated and factually misleading are also not backed up when questioned. Again, i'm not trying to be offensive, but as a reader request, could you guys PLEASE, follow up some statements you make of expectations you have that are questioned by readers with some answers and not moving on to more comments? it'd make for much better discussion. Again, i'm hoping not to come off offensive in anyway shape or form, i love the work you guys do on this blog.
Ryan Callahan came into the league in 2006-2007 and on a rookie deal with an AAV of $575,000. by '08-'09 he was an Alternate Captain on the team making the league minimum. as an RFA the Rangers gave him an RFA deal for 2 years after a 20 goal 20 A season they got him for 2 years/$4.6m again a steal of a deal so 5 years he took away $6.3mill. They then signed him to a 3 year deal when he could've demanded a 1 year and walk deal and truly cash in on his value with a 8-9 yr deal (were being handed out like t shirts then) but he took a 3 year/$12.8m deal instead, giving the Rangers 2 of his UFA years under that deal.This guy has Comp statitistics to guys being paid $7million plus and furhtermore he's the team captain and there's fans on this blog actually wanting to run him out of town over 1/2 million or an extra year? He's worked his entire career, gave the Rangers a sweetheart deal after 2011 and we want to run him out for listening to his agent on his worth and market value? even some people here with clout are saying he should take the same deal he's on when any true market will drive his value a minimum of 50% higher? That's lunacy, he's entitled to negotiate what he feels he's worth and honestly after running the comps (please do so, find a 25 G scorer, 25 A, 19+ mn/gm winger who plays even strength, power play and PK on the top units and is top 3 in ice time for this team, if we get him at $6m a year for 7 years, IT'S STILL A DISCOUNT TO HIS MARKET VALUE. stop with the stupid shots that he's in it for the money as if Sather isn't in it to spend the least money possible.
Is it possible for him to take 5 years with a player option 6th year? If he has a great season in the 5th year then he can get a possible 2 year extension.
i don't think Callahan is going to take anything less than 6 years, he's 28, will be 29 by playoffs, making next years contract being his core deal. At 5 years that takes him to 34 the dead end of his prime and he probably won't fetch more than a few more $2m or $3m contracts going forward. I also don't see much risk in giving him 7 years while i'm sure he'll take 6 which will take him to age 35. I definitely believe that the money part has alot of flexibility but he at his age wants the years and wants the assurance he'll finish his career in NY. I don't think its a case of him wanting to remain a rainger only if it's financially beneficial (well actually thats the case in 100% of contracts, nobody signs a deal thats NOT financially beneficial) i really think it's the years, and a NTC, i think in regards to the money Sather can get him down to smidge above $5m per.
A coupe things. G was apparently offered 4 years @ 4.75 a year by the Rangers... with that initial offer I would imagine he and the Rangers eventually settle at a middle ground of 5 years worth a little more than 26 million total... Which I would be fine with. Also, apparently the Rangers interest with the Avs is apparently for Jaime McGinn. Don't really get that... he is just another third liner on our team. Anyways leaving for the game pretty soon. LGR!!!
5 years (reluctantly would stretch to 6) @ 5.25M. Get it done already. This guy has skills, plays hard, and is home grown. Forgot to mention he's also our captain. I'd rather eat a year at the end of contract then wish we had him playing for us for the next 4!
Kevin, relax, buddy. The guy misses ONE PRACTICE and he's suddenly going to be ineligible for a buyout in April (or, god willing, June)? BREATHE. He could've had some bad sushi.
if thats the case i guarantee he accepts/makes 6yrs 5.25 when its all said and done too bad
@NYRBlueBlog Richards has to go...Too Old Too Much Money...Cally will be a Sabre next year...Too Much Money and Strallman will be Gone with CAllen takig his place..
@Bring back LangdonCally's better than mediocre unless you just look at stats IMO - still I would agree about not overpaying him. The reality is that he's got a lot of injuries stacked up and we don't know how long he can play the rugged style that has made him effective. We may have seen signs of wear this season as he came back from injury playing soft for a while. Seems to be better now and I hope we can keep him. Not sure what would be fair under the cap structure. On a championship team he would be about the best 3rd line winger in the league. Here he's 1st or 2nd line. If they could build up the core and pay him to stay as a 3rd liner and that would be awesome but not sure it's realistic.
Who do you cheer for at Rangers games?
@NYRBlueBlogRight on man. This is a true character guy here who is priceless. Thank you for your provocative and well written comment
Back in my day (the 19th century), we ran businesses like families. Now we run businesses as if people were merely an amalgamation of statistics that added up to a bottom line colored red or black. As a result, there is no such thing as loyalty, commitment, camaraderie, true team-play, etc., etc.
You can't build a team by trading away its heart and/or acting as if your players are just counters in some huge game of Go. You NEED consistent personnel for many reasons -- some of which even play into the aforementioned and vilified de-humanizing optimization-oriented approach. In hockey, like in almost any aspect of life, the only true way to get people to consistently go beyond themselves -- which is required to win a cup -- is to build a sense of community and responsibility within the team. And yes, you also need the correct skill, personality and role distribution. You need a vision of the sort of team you want to build. Fucking over the captain is a bad way to start.
I would add that fucking over Girardi is another bad way to go. Perhaps he will never get back to where he was before. True. But he might very well just be having a bad season or need some extra time to learn how to be effective in this system. Many other NHL teams are licking their lips at a chance to get a guy like him, with his effort, TOI and experience playing against top players.
I'm really sick of the knee-jerk attitudes of people who just discovered Bill James or who watched Moneyball and think they know how to run a fucking team through statistics googling and fist slamming on tables.
@NYRBlueBlog I agree with you. Cally has been underpaid for years (comparatively speaking) and is trying to get the most he can for what he hopes is his last big payday. Good for him. Sather will try to get him to sign for the least amount possible, and he's using the media as part of his negotiation strategy ("My way, or shuffle off to Buffalo"). That's business. Cally will come down; Sather will go up. They may or may not get together. If they do, fantastic. If not, I have ZERO hard feelings about Cally going for the money. I do think he truly wants to stay here, and I think he'll take a discount to do so. But he's not stupid.
@NYRBlueBlogThis post is extremely shortsighted. Myself and the people on this blog LOVE Cally and totally respect what he's done for the team, but when you are negotiating a new long-term contract you never look to the past. Instead you should try and project what the player will bring to the team in the future. Personally I hope they can keep him, but if you look at his style of play it's hard to imagine him still being effective in the last two years of a 7 year deal. So what should the Rangers do? Counter with a shorter term deal. It's all part of the negotiation and both sides are entitled to try and get the best deal for their side despite what the player has done for the team in the past.
My suggestion to you, stick to blogging and don't try and play GM.
@NYRBlueBlog Sheer Greatness .. Great response!!. I am getting sick and tired of the lack of appreciation for Cally. He has done nothing but perform while being hurt, early return from injury, that needed check, block, goal, etc. Yes we care for the team and the future but doesn't the players help the cause to fall in love with a team from the start? Cally has done that, along with the 2012 Rangers, (Prust, Dubi, Artem, Cally, McD, Girardi, Henrik etc) restored our faith and enjoy watching Rangers hockey. I'm glad you stood up and stated the RIGHT response, instead of just an opinion to save money, like who the hell do we think we are.. Ok done venting. Thanks again!
i don't see that, but i can see him taking 6 but with 7 you can pay less i feel.
@mmars79 I don't think there are "player options" in hockey contracts... at least not that I have ever seen.
thing is he wants 7 and at 6.4 per. So 5 and 5.25 is still a long ways away from that. So would you go 6 and 5.8 per for Cally if we went middle ground there? idk thats a lot for a third line winger.
@queensbee Probably just a maintenance day.
With the cap going up having 10 million dedicated to your top pairing isn't that bad... It could be worse, we could have given Letang 8 million a year lol. Now just extend Staal and sign stralman and Moore and our defense is set. Skjei and Allen coming up also.
mediocre was a point on stats i think highly of him but i want our future not to be dragged down by all these long contracts.the other 2 long ones are scorers cally is not a scorer.he is a power forward in a point guard body. we need bigger bodies. thats why pouliot is on pp not cally anymore plus cally hasnt been able to hit open net lately. but for right number of yrs id pay him 5.5-6 for 4=5 yrs
I'm not his biggest fan... He's got the size but his "hockey talent" has shown me basically nothing.
absolutely and you forgot dylan m.
he has won me over!!
Who is your favorite player?
absolutely a deal will get done. thinking Sather is going to go out and trade the team Captain in a year where the team has a chance to make a run (not win it all, but yes make a run) will never occur. Anybody suggesting otherwise is not looking at 1) suitable buyers (west coast teams with prospects NHL ready that fill our offensive needs i.e. potential top 6 winger/center) and 2) Callahan's true value to this team and system. Sather wants to trade him as much as i want to start Dan Blackburn tonight. They'll get a deal done in the $5m-$5.5m deal for 6-7 years.