According to a report from TSN’s Darren Dreger, the New York Rangers and captain Ryan Callahan are not on the same page when it comes to both the length and value of his next contract. Initially it was believed that Callahan was seeking a 7 year, $6 million contract, whereas the Rangers were only willing to do a 5 year deal. However, according to Dreger, the differences between the sides are much deeper, as Callahan is actually seeking $6.5-7 per year; a price the Rangers are not willing to meet.
He wants a lot of money. It’s been widely reported that Callahan is looking for a seven-year term around $6 million per year. That is not accurate. I’m told that it is more than $6.5 million but less than $7 million per year on a seven-year term.
According to SB Nation, Glen Sather is apparently open to trading his captain and wants the situation resolved before tomorrow’s Olympic Trade freeze. Whether or not that is an artificial deadline to exert some pressure on Team Callahan will be determined tomorrow afternoon.
ESPN’s Katie Strang reported earlier this week that Callahan’s agent, Steve Bartlett planned to meet with the Rangers again throughout the week leading up to the trade freeze. Bartlett and the Rangers spoke yesterday, and more meetings were planned for this afternoon.
It is not surprise that the Rangers are experiencing some sticker shock right now. Callahan has 24 points (11G and 13A) in 40 games this season, good for 8th on the team. Still, the Rangers appear poised to make the playoffs and are on a good run lately, partially thanks to Callahan. It is almost unheard of a playoff team trading their captain with 20 games to go in the season.
More than likely, the purpose of the trade rumors surrounding Callahan, including the Friday deadline, is to exert some pressure on his camp to soften up the contract demands.