10:53AM: Bartlett confirmed that he hasn't spoken with the Rangers since before the Olympics and he is a little "disappointed" that there hasn't been more dialogue. He expects to touch base with the Rangers this week and that should set the direction for what will happen with Callahan before next Wednesday's deadline.(ESPN NY)
He adds that his job is to "help Callahan decide what fair market value is and help him make the best decision." (ESPN NY)
2/26/14: 8:28AM: "It's all about the negotiation and pending UFA have the hammer, that is why Ryan Callahan feels gutsy enough to ask for for almost $7 million per year. He isn't going to get that but you gotta ask it and start a negotiation." (Darren Dreger on TSN 1050)
- Original reports indicated that he was searching for seven-years and $6 million per season.
- The Rangers have reportedly offered Callahan five-years and $6 million per season.
Bartlett said that the two sides, at least in his point of view, are trying to close the gap and that he is keeping the lines of communication open." (Daily News)
He added that he understands that a trade is possible and that the Rangers may not feel giving Callahan what he is asking for is in their best interest but, "this is not a case where we're out in the stratosphere at a number that no one would be willing to pay." (Daily News)
Craig Custance said today that the numbers being floated are what Callahan will get on the open market because teams will have money to spend and the amount of talent on the UFA market is decreasing every year. (ESPN)