Report: Blue Jackets interested in Ryan Callahan, future to be decided prior to Olympics

Feb 1, 8:09 AM

In light of an earlier report suggesting the New York Rangers have allowed one team to speak to Ryan Callahan's agent, Pierre LeBrun offers a specific team that may be interested in trading for the 28-year old.

Any deal between the two teams would mark the third major transaction in recent years.

  • July 23, 2012: Columbus traded Rick Nash, Steven Delisle and a conditional third round pick in 2013 for Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon and a 2013 1st round pick.
  • April 3, 2013: New York traded Marian Gaborik, Blake Parlett and Steve Delisle for Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett, John Moore and a 2014 sixth round pick.

Callahan saw 18:44 of ice time in Friday's 4-1 win over the New York Islanders, registering one assist and four shots on goal.

According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, Rangers general manager Glen Sather wants a resolution (contract extension or trade) prior to the Olympic break: "The Rangers want the situation resolved before the captain travels to Sochi, Russia, to play for Team USA and risks injury in The Games."

Mar 5, 8:37 AM

Report: Rangers, Callahan won't be budging any further on extension

Mar 5, 8:37 AM

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The trade deadline has arrived and New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan remains without a contract for next season. The two sides have been in contact and Larry Brooks from the New York Post reports neither side is willing to budge any further.

From Brooks:

While the difference has been narrowed to approximately $500,000 per for six years and leaves open the “split the difference” scenario, both sides believe they have compromised significantly enough not to yield further.

The Rangers have moved their offer up by $6,000 and added a year in term during talks, but Pierre LeBrun reports Callahan has one option left to remain a Ranger; take it or leave it.

Mar 3, 11:51 AM

Rangers F Ryan Callahan's position in contract negotiations appears to be softening

Mar 3, 11:51 AM

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For months, New York Rangers captain and pending unrestricted free-agent Ryan Callahan has been asking for the moon and the stars in contract negotiations with the only NHL club he's ever played for. Callahan's salary expectations have proven a stumbling block in contract talks, and the stalemate between the Rangers and their captain could conceivably result in the hard-nosed winger being moved ahead of this Wednesday's NHL trade deadline.

According to multiple reports, however, it would appear that Callahan now only wants the moon in his next contract. Never mind the stars:

McKenzie's report was echoed on TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto on Monday morning by McKenzie's colleague Darren Dreger. Dreger discussed Callahan's situation in comparison with the supposed availability of Canucks forward Ryan Kesler and Lightning forward Martin St. Louis. 

"Of that group, the only guy I think is going to be traded - and he may not be given the way he's softening a bit in contract negotiations - is Callahan," Dreger opined.

The 28-year-old is highly regarded for his tenacity and defensive play, however, he's already past his scoring prime and is looking for a contract that will pay him well over $6 million past his 35th birthday. That's a risky proposition for any club, especially when dealing with a player who has produced even-strength points at a rate similar to the likes of Chris Kelly, Marcel Goc, Shawn Horcoff and Kyle Wellwood.

Will Callahan's softened negotiating posture be enough to entice the Rangers to lock up their captain? Certainly the two sides are getting closer. 

ESPN's Pierre LeBrun has the latest details:

But the money he's asking, somewhere just south of $6.5 million a source said, remains too much money for the Rangers, whom I believe would do a 6-year, $6 million per contract. 

Doesn't seem like they're that far apart at this point. But if that remaining gap doesn't close further over the next couple of days, the Rangers seem intent to trade him. 

Feb 27, 11:21 AM

Callahan's agent on Rangers: 'I haven't talked to them since before the Olympics'

Feb 27, 11:21 AM

With less than a week to go before the NHL's trade deadline, the New York Rangers and captain Ryan Callahan appear no closer to reaching an agreement on a contract extension. 

According to Callahan's agent, Steve Bartlett, the two sides haven't spoken since prior to the Olympic break, leading many to believe the 28-year-old's time in the Big Apple is all but done.

“I haven’t talked to them since before the Olympics,” Bartlett told Katie Strang of ESPN New York. “There’s really been no dialogue since I left. Either we talk this week or it’ll be pretty clear what direction they’ve decided to take.”

Bartlett added it's “a little disappointing” that there hasn’t been more dialogue, but acknowledges the Rangers "are certainly within their rights to do what is best for the team."

The Rangers have three games left before the deadline, and Callahan participated in the team's morning skate prior to Thursday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Feb 25, 7:19 PM

Report: Callahan '99 percent guaranteed' to be traded before deadline

Feb 25, 7:19 PM

The New York Rangers have not held any negotiations or talks with forward Ryan Callahan and are expected to trade their captain before the March 5 deadline. 

Darren Dreger reported on Insider Trading on Tuesday he has been told there is a "99 percent" chance Callahan will be traded:

"I'm told it's 99 percent guaranteed Ryan Callahan will get traded by the deadline by the New York Rangers. There are many teams involved in this process. We know that the St. Louis Blues have been the most consistent in showing interest, there's some connection to the Tampa Bay Lightning and other teams as well."

Bob McKenzie also mentioned that the Rangers and Callahan had not engaged in any talks through the Olympic break.

Feb 6, 5:24 PM

Report: No progress in contract talks between Rangers and Callahan

Feb 6, 5:24 PM

Contract talks between the New York Rangers and forward Ryan Callahan have not made any progress despite rampant trade rumors that Callahan may be shipped out of town. 

Callahan likely won't be dealt before the roster freeze at 3:00 pm ET on Friday prior to the NHL's Olympic break.

Feb 6, 11:57 AM

Callahan, agent hoping to find 'common ground' with Rangers

Feb 6, 11:57 AM

As the Olympic break draws closer, it appears as though Ryan Callahan and his agent, Steve Bartlett, will be approaching the New York Rangers in regards to contract negotiations sometime on Thursday.

For his part, Callahan has registered two goals and two assists in his past two games, both of which were Ranger wins.

Feb 4, 10:27 PM

Amid rampant trade speculation, Rangers F Callahan has stellar outing at MSG

Feb 4, 10:27 PM

New York Rangers power forward, captain and pending unrestricted free-agent Ryan Callahan has been at the center of trade rumors for much of the past month. The story goes that the Rangers have had difficulty coming to terms on a long-term extension with their captain and are actively exploring the possibility of trading the gritty winger.

On Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden Callahan scored two goals in the first period, leading the Rangers to a 5-1 rout of the Colorado Avalanche. It was the sort of the performance that makes it difficult to imagine Callahan ever donning different laundry than the red, white and blue he's sported between eighth and seventh avenue in Manhattan for his entire career.

Speaking with reporters about his performance, Callahan seemed introspective. "You hear [the cheers]. It's part of playing in New York. That's why you love it here...." said the Rangers captain. "The fans are great. It's part of the mystique of the Garden. It's something that I love."

Feb 3, 6:27 PM

Report: Callahan looking for $7 million a year in new deal

Feb 3, 6:27 PM

The New York Rangers have their work cut out for them as their captain is looking for a significant pay raise. Ryan Callahan becomes an unrestricted free agent in July and will have played through a three-year, $12.8 million contract.

According to multiple reports, TSN's Darren Dreger and Hockey Night in Canada's Kevin Weekes have both said Callahan is looking at an average salary above $6.5, closer to $7 million.

Callahan's average cap hit  for the last three years was $4.275 million. In his last five seasons, Callahan has not scored under 30 points.

Feb 3, 2:15 PM

Ryan Callahan's agent plans to 'circle back' in talks with the Rangers

Feb 3, 2:15 PM

Ryan Callahan and his agent, Steve Bartlett, plan on revisiting talks with the New York Rangers prior to the Olympic break, according to Katie Strang of ESPNNewYork

Callahan is believed to be seeking a seven-year deal worth $42 million, while multiple reports suggest the Rangers countered with a five-year offer worth $30 million.

"I'm going to circle back with the Rangers this week," Bartlett said, adding there has been "nothing in the last couple of days" to report.

Head coach Alain Vigneault is expecting his captain to be in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Colorado Avalanche.

Feb 3, 9:11 AM

Report: Teams interested in Ryan Callahan may wait until free agency

Feb 3, 9:11 AM

While the New York Rangers would prefer to resolve the Ryan Callahan situation prior to the Olympic break, Larry Brooks of the New York Post suggests interested teams may be more inclined to wait until the 28-year-old hits the open market in July.

Brooks reports the Buffalo Sabres, for example, are willing to offer Callahan a seven-year deal worth at least $42-million, but are not currently involved in trade talks with the Rangers. In his words, "Why would they be, when there is no reason to surrender assets now when they can simply sign the winger free and clear when the market opens?"

The Rangers play three games prior to the Olympic break, beginning Tuesday against the Colorado Avalanche.

Feb 1, 8:41 PM

Stepan on Callahan: 'He's doing everything he can' to stay a Ranger

Feb 1, 8:41 PM

The New York Rangers may not be sold on signing captain Ryan Callahan to a long-term contract, but Callahan certainly is according to teammate Derek Stepan.

"I give Cally a ton of credit. I see him come to the rink and he is the same Cally that I’ve been with for four years. He understands it, he’s not taking anything personal, and he’s just going through the process. He’s doing everything he can to make sure he ends up in a New York Ranger uniform." Quote via Brett Cyrgalis

Callahan becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season after playing through a three-year, $12.8 million contract.

Feb 1, 8:35 PM

Rangers' Callahan will not speak to media during negotiations

Feb 1, 8:35 PM

The New York Rangers and captain Ryan Callahan are talking to each other, but Callahan isn't so keen on talking to the media about his status. General manager Glen Sather has said he wants a deal done before the Olympic break and there is some interest from the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports Callahan does not want to speak to the media during negotiations, "I’m not going to talk about that stuff, I’m not going to talk about that stuff. I don’t think it’s productive for the process of negotiations, or anything."

Head coach Alain Vigneault praised Callahan on his professionalism through the process, "At the end of the day, his job is to come here, get ready, help his teammates get ready and go out and perform. He’s done that remarkably since day one, and that part hasn't changed.”

Jan 31, 6:05 PM

Report: Rangers allowing unnamed team to speak with Ryan Callahan

Jan 31, 6:05 PM

According to a report from TSN's Darren Dreger, the Rangers are moving forward in their attempt to trade captain Ryan Callahan.

Callahan will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason so any team interested in acquiring him would likely want an agreement on a contract extension before making the trade.

Callahan has 20 points in 38 games this season.

Jan 29, 2:47 PM

Ryan Callahan trying to stay focused during trade speculation

Jan 29, 2:47 PM

Seemingly at a crossroads with his future involving the New York Rangers, Ryan Callahan is trying to stay focused during all the trade speculation.

"I’m doing my best to focus on what my job is on the ice and not let this become any kind of distraction," Callahan told the New York Post. "Sometimes it’s easy and other times I have to work at it, but I don’t think it’s had any impact on my game.”

According to Larry Brooks, Callahan is looking for a seven-year deal worth at $42 million, a price tag and term the Rangers don't appear eager to meet.

“I didn’t have any expectations coming into the negotiations of how this was going to go,” Callahan said. “Some go quickly and some take longer than others" 

Callahan added: "When it’s this late in the season and you’re eligible to become a UFA, rumors are going to be out there. Dealing with them is part of being professional, but you have to take them as rumors and nothing more than that.”

Averaging his lowest amount of ice time in five years (17:54), Callahan is on pace for 35 points this season.

Jan 29, 8:20 AM

Report: Rangers exploring trade market for Ryan Callahan

Jan 29, 8:20 AM

Contract talks between Ryan Callahan and the New York Rangers are not going well, causing the team to explore the trade market for their captain, according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

"That’s a pretty big name," one Western Conference source told LeBrun. 

If Callahan - an impending unrestricted free agent - and the team can't come to an agreement on an extension prior to the March 5 trade deadline, the Rangers would appear likely to trade the 28-year-old to avoid losing him for nothing during the summer.

Callahan has recorded one goal, one assist and eight shots on goal in his past five games, and is in the final year of a contract that brings with it a $4.275-million cap hit.

Jan 20, 8:53 AM

Report: Rangers may be willing to part ways with captain Ryan Callahan

Jan 20, 8:53 AM

New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan's time with the team may soon be coming to an end, according to Steve Zipay of Newsday

The 28-year old is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, and while the two sides have spoken about a possible contract extension, Zipay reports there have not been any "serious negotiations at this point."

Callahan, drafted by the Rangers in the fourth round back in 2004, has recorded 130 goals and 118 assists in 439 games with the club; he has, however, been forced out of the lineup several times due to a litany of injuries in recent years.

In the final season of a three-year, $12.825-million contract signed in 2011, Callahan will likely be looking for security and a raise in his next deal, but general manager Glen Sather may be reluctant to commit long-term.

Callahan has recorded nine goals and ten assists in 34 games for the Rangers this season.