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Rangers Talking Contract With Girardi; Not So Much With Callahan & Stralman

Katie Strang at ESPN.com reports that the Rangers have recently had contract talks with Dan Girardi's camp.

Strang does add, however, that the team has not spoken with Ryan Callahan or Anton Stralman lately on their possible extensions.

Strang notes that talks could resume with Callahan once he returns from injury.

…because of the uncertainty on the Rangers blueline with Del Zotto likely to be moved, Staal's eye issues and the unknown of rookies Allen and McIlrath, I think Sather has no choice but to bring both Girardi and Stralman back.

…i understand Girardi has struggled this season, but I'm not sure how much I like having to replace half the defensive corps this offseason knowing Sather's track record on signing free agents.

…the obvious curveball would be if Sather actually can get a top four defenseman in return for Del Zotto (yeah right) or he decides to move Girardi for a top two defenseman. I will never put anything past the Rangers GM at the trade deadline.

…as far as Callahan goes, he is the heart and soul of the Rangers franchise, so despite his tendency to get injured, I would be floored if Sather didn't lock him up for 4-5 years at $5.5M per. Which to me would be in overpayment very similar to Lundqvist.

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