Update, 12:23 p.m.:
Callahan's agent, Steve Bartlett, says his client's first desire is to remain a Ranger which is why they have lowered their demands (via USA Today)…
"We're going to put on one last push over the next 48 hours. We're still trying to find common ground."
Bartlett added that once he saw Girardi sign for six-years, he knew Callahan would have to agree to the same term.
…things can easily fall apart, so I hate to say this is a done deal, but it's looking more and more like Callahan will be spending the next six years in a Blueshirt.
Depending on where you stand on the issue, there was good news regarding the Ryan Callahan contract saga as according to Pierre LeBrun at ESPN.com the Rangers captain has not only dropped his contract demand from seven years to six, he has also lowered the amount to south of $6.5 million per year down from $6.75 million.
LeBrun does warn that the money remains too rich for the Blueshirts who are said to be willing to go as high as six years, $6 million per.
Katie Strang at ESPN.com tries to temper enthusiam even more by stating Callahan had lowered the term before heading to Sochi and that both sides sound no more optimistic now than heading into the Olympic break.
Meanwhile Bob McKenzie at TSN wondered if $6.25 million per could get a deal done.
…wow, this sounds like actual negotiations. I tell you what, if Callahan gets a penny over $6 million he'll have absolutely fleeced Sather and possibly at the same time hurt the Rangers ability to add high price talent in the future.
…Callahan has failed to score on golden opportunities in all three games coming out of the break, so can't imagine this isn't weighing on him. It also proves that he's more of a $5 million player not a $6M +.
After last night's game, Callahan says the idea of it possibly being his last as a Ranger never entered his mind (via Daily News)…
“No. I didn’t look at it like that. This is where I want to be, and I’m just focusing on doing what I can for the team.”
Finally, Mark Spector at Sportsnet reports that the Rangers are talking internally about acquiring Ales Hemsky from the Oilers. Spector feels a third round pick will get it done.
Hemsky is in the final year of his contract that pays him $5 million this season. Hemsky has 7g, 17a this season.
…LOL!!!!!! I think there's been rumors about the Rangers trading for Hemsky since I started this blog back in 2007. Except back then the cost was Brandon Dubinsky.
…hope this isn't a contingency plan if Sather has to trade Callahan and can't get an NHL roster player in return.
…while his contract is fine, I don't see how a player who hasn't scored more than 20 goals since 2009 helps the Rangers finish their opportunities.