Callahan/Rangers Still Not Closer To Deal After Both Sides Talk

Even after Ryan Callahan's agent reached out to the Rangers again yesterday, Steve Zipay at Newsday reports the two sides appear no closer to an agreement on a trade, or an extension.

Zipay adds that if a trade is imminent, Callahan will likely be designated as a healthy scratch to protect him from an injury while final details are being worked on. So if Callahan dresses against the Oilers tonight, it is a very good indication that he'll remain a Ranger at least through the Olympic roster freeze.

Meanwhile, yesterday, Larry Brooks at the New York Post confirmed that Callahan's current contract demand from the Rangers is likely seven-years, $47 million.

Finally, Elliotte Friedman at CBC Sports has this very interesting quote from a Glen Sather-era Oiler on the Callahan situation…

"[Sather] is so competitive. He wants to win every trade, to win every signing. He grinds you. He tests you. I went through it. I'm not convinced they won't get something done."

…that should be changed to "he grinds & tests his own free agents, while carelessly throwing boat loads of money at others." Which is Sather's right to do, especially with RFAs, but it really is bothersome to me how frugal he can be with his own players, while opening the vault for players such as Redden, Drury, Gomez and Richards. I have to imagine it also rubs some of the current players the wrong way as well and could be the reason why Callahan is demanding so much.

…the Rangers current hot streak has made Sather's dilemma with Callahan that much more complicated. The Rangers are looking more and more like a legitimate Cup threat with every win, so now Sather has the added pressure of possibly destroying a magical season by moving the team's heart and soul. Now, I by no means think the Rangers will fall apart if Callahan is traded as there's too much veteran leadership on the team. However, I do feel that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts with this team. And the current Rangers team will not even be close to whole without its captain.

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