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Ryan Callahan told Larry Brooks that his insistence on a no-trade clause is what ultimately led to him being trade to Tampa Bay last season.? (NY Post)

Callahan said that he wanted security for his young family that they wouldn't be bouncing around.

Brooks says that Callahan at first was asking for $6.4 million a year over 7 years, the Rangers were at five-years and $6 million per year and then the Rangers "hemmed, hawed and agreed" to six-years at $6 million per year, but would not agree to the no-trade clause.

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10:30AM: The no-trade clause was apparently a big sticking point for Callahan to get the deal done. (Joe Smith)

10:25AM: Callahan has a full no-trade clause the first four years of the deal and will submit a list of teams in the final two years. (Katie Strang)

9:27AM: The official trade between the Rangers and Tampa Bay is:

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5:53PM: Dreger said on TSN Drive, "I think it will be fascinating to see what happens with Ryan Callahan. I know that when Tampa Bay was eliminated in the playoffs I had a quick chat with Callahan and he didn't spend a great deal of time in Tampa Bay but he did spend enough time there to want to give them a crack at re-signing him but that will be a challenge because if the numbers are even close to what he wanted to stay as captain of the Rangers, up around that $5+, $6+ range, I can't imagine Tampa would invest that kind of money, not that they wouldn't want to. There is lots of interest in Cally around the league but I think he has to come down and I think that he will. He is a useful player and a character guy and he won't have too much trouble finding a job."

5:26PM: Darren Dreger said on TSN Drive that Callahan will need to come down in his demands but there is a lot of interest in him around the league.

5:14PM: Former Rangers captain Ryan Callahan is still talking with the Tampa Bay Lightning about a new contract but "no one" will be surprised if he goes to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. (Bob McKenzie)

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During a pre game chat with John Giannone, Brad Richards described the day by saying "it's different because Cally has been unbelievable to me here and has become a good friend and teammate...everyone knows my relationship with Marty so...I just hope it works out for both of them. I know Cally is going to a great spot and he will love it down there."

After the game, Richards said on MSG "It was the first time I had a good friend coming and a good friend leaving which is very bizarre. It's a weird feeling. You aren't happy or sad and just sitting there wondering how to react and what to say to Cally. It's a tough day for him and as an organization we got a great human being, a great leader and a great player so we move on and he will add to this group nicely.

Henrik Lundqvist said after the game, "It was a little bit shocking though there was a lot of talk about Cally. It's tough to see him leave. He has been a great teammate, friend and player for this team for so many years. In the end this is the way we decided to go as a team. I am really excited about having Marty here, such a skilled player and a great guy too. It's such a mixed feeling right now, to get to play with a player like that and then see a good friend and teammate leave so...I'm not really sure how to feel right now."

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8:56PM:? Carl Hagelin spoke with Al Trautwig in the second period and said:

  • What are you talking about with MSL and Richards, ?just small things, give and gos. They are two smart player who have played the game for a long time so they are giving me advice but they are also telling each other where to go and what to do as well.

What do you feel playing with MSL, ?he is so easy to play with, he is quick, makes a lot of plays and gets pucks as well.7:53PM: Ryan McDonagh spoke with Al Trautwig and said:

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4:02PM: San Jose and the Rangers were "pretty far down the road" on a trade for Ryan Callahan. (Pierre LeBrun)

The Sharks and Blue Jackets were both considered plan B options for the Rangers if the deal with Tampa Bay couldn't get done. (Darren Dreger)

2:19PM: Ryan Callahan joined James Duthie on TSN to talk about the trade:

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1:46PM: "Callahan and Rangers were really close at the end, just $200,000 apart a year or so... lack of NTC in deal apparently big issue though..." (LeBrun)

1:08PM: "End of the day, Rangers stood firm at $6 mil x 6 yrs.? Callahan dropped to $6.25, but, NYR essentially ended negotiations on Tues." (Darren Dreger)

1:03PM: Callahan asked for EIGHT-YEARS and $7.5 million late in the summer, "should be marked as the starting point for his New York departure." (Darren Dreger)

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6:54PM: The Rangers and Ryan Callahan have been talking all day but there is no deal imminent for Callahan. (ESPN NY)

3:29PM: The Rangers and Callahan are trying to get a six-year deal done today and continue to exchange proposals. (Nick Kypreos)

3:24PM: It's getting close to make or break time with Callahan, "close gap and get contract done...or failing that, move him." (Bob McKenzie)

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9:18AM: While it was reported yesterday that Ryan Callahan has lowered his demands from seven years to six years and from $7 million plus per season to a number south of $6.5 million, the sense, according to Katie Strang, is that there is still a lot of work to be done before the Rangers and Callahan come to terms on a contract extension.

The Rangers have offered Callahan six years and $6 million per season and are reportedly not going to budge off of that.

Bob McKenzie said on NHL Live last night that there are two ways to look at the contract situation:

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10:33PM Callahan's latest offer was $6.3 per year and the Rangers rejected it. ( TFP)

9:07PM: "the Ryan Callahan camp has moved and they have been doing the moving as of late. He has gone from seven years to six years, which was a major sticking point, they have reduced their asking price to south of $6.5 million. Really, there is less than half a million a year difference between the Rangers offer of $6 million a year times six vs Callahan's latest offer. As far as Callahan is concerned it is up to the Rangers to respond to the offer that was made on Friday. The clock is ticking, most people around the Rangers feel that they will not budge from 6 times 6, Callahan feels he has just made his move." (Pierre LeBrun on Insider Trading)

7:55PM: Callahan's agent has presented the Rangers with their latest proposal and is awaiting a response. (NY Post)

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If the Rangers are to sign Ryan Callahan to a contract extension it is believed that it will be SIX-YEARS and AT LEAST $6 million per year.

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5:15PM: "I don't usually use twitter as a public opinion tool but I can tell you that when we tweeted out the info of? less than $6.5 and a $500,000 difference per year to bridge the gap, the response from New York Rangers fans was off the charts....$6 is too much, six years is too much and it was really vehement." (Bob McKenzie on TSN 1050)

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On 98.7 ESPN Radio last night, Dave Maloney gave his thoughts on what he thought would happen by the trade deadline and whether the Rangers lineup would look different on Wednesday night.

Maloney said, "I don't think there will be a major difference. I don't think it makes sense to trade Ryan Callahan unless you can get a body that you can put in the lineup and play the 18-20 minutes that Callahan will give you on the PP, PK and let alone his influence. You can't replace that. You let it ride out because if you lose him now you won't get anything back for him, you will have to replace him in the FA market. You ride it out, give yourself a chance, maybe cooler heads prevail and things go on otherwise you will need to replace him in the FA market. I don't think, and the Rangers are not in position to make a multi-player deal. You can't panic because of these two games, there is a good chemistry going, a good locker room going, the coaches have an even-keel look."

Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers can't get rid of Callahan for "50 cents on the dollar" and if he is moved the Rangers must get a legit NHL player and either a "prime prospect" or a high draft pick. (NY Post)

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10:26AM: Callahan' side showed a willingness to drop the seven-year request before the Olympic break and he is looking for between $6.25 and $6.5 million per season. People on both sides sound "no more optimistic now" than they were before. (ESPN NY)

9:54AM: Callahan's latest offer to the Rangers is six-years and and just south of $6.5 million, which is still too much money per year for the Rangers. (ESPN.com)

The Rangers are holding the line at six-years and $6 million per season. (Bob McKenzie)

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On TSN 1200, Bruce Garrioch said that many teams around the league think that the Rangers will end up signing Ryan Callahan because the Rangers operate like this all the time.

"One thing that other teams have told me is that if you watch the Rangers historically, they do it all the time. They sit there and say they will trade this guy and that guy and then they spend the money to sign them. A lot of teams think that at some point or another Sather will get that deal done." (TSN 1200)

Garrioch said that he spoke with one GM and asked "aren't you afriad with those guys that they break down and when they break down they break down real quick, and when you pay them that money the minute the break down they aren't worth it. He said, 'yea, but they are worth every dime when they are still playing that way. His feeling was that at the end of the day the Rangers will find a way to keep Ryan Callahan. It was an opinion but I thought it was an interesting take. (TSN 1200)

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3/2/14: 8:20PM: On Hockey Night in Canada's Hot Stove Segment, former Rangers goalie Glenn Healy discussed Martin St. Louis and Ryan Callahan.

  • On NYR and Marty St. Louis: "He got two more goals today, I don't think he is going anywhere. He has been lights out since coming back from the Olympics. He is staying, there is no question."
  • On Ryan Callahan: "Callahan is the interesting one, he started off looking for $7 million times seven years..ha ha, nice trick, next joke. He is not going to get that, now there is this big standoff on whether they re-sign him at a more reasonable number and a more reasonable term or they make a trade. Rumblings today that I have heard, if they do make a trade an interesting landing spot for him would be Buffalo. He is from Rochester, Buffalo just made a trade for Chris Stewart. Could these two work out something with one another. My heart believes that the Rangers will work hard to get him signed."
Buffalo is reportedly willing to pay Callahan whatever he wants.

Sabres GM Tim Murray worked for the Rangers from 2005-2007 and was Assistant Director of Player Personnel when Callahan was in Hartford and made his Rangers debut.

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3/2/14: 7:34AM: Callahan is searching for $6.75 million per seaosn because "he knows" he can get that as a UFA. The Sabres are expected to make a push for Callahan. (Ottawa Sun)Many think that Callahan will be signed by the Rangers and if Callahan isn't signed by the deadline it's doubtful he will be traded. (Ottawa Sun)3/1/14: 9:45PM: The Rangers may be willing to add one more-year to their offer to Ryan Callahan, making is six-years and $36 million. This is as far as the team will go for Callahan, "there?s nothing more within the realm of reason that can be done to entice the captain to remain on Broadway." (NY Post)

This was first mentioned as a possibility last night.

Callahan is reportedly seeking seven years and close to $7 million per season.

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6:53PM: Glenn Healy said on Hotstove that he believes Callahan will re-sign with the Rangers and that there will be a standoff on what he will get since he won't get $7 million a year for seven-years. He adds that the Sabres are believed to have interest in Callahan. (George Malik)

1:59PM: Vigneault said, "I gotta tell you that I am impressed. The three names that started this season, Hank, Ryan and Dan, that is a big part of our team and not just how we play but the chemistry and accountability within that group. All of those guys have handled it well. Hank has found his rhythm but in Hank's case and Dan's case, it never seems to impact them. They didn't bring it here, they focused on waht is important which is our games and practice and I am impressed with how they handled it. We won't have much more time to wonder how our team is going to be, come Wednesday." (98.7 ESPNNY)

12:57PM: "Dan is a New York Ranger, has been one all his life and he's a big part of our team. I'm very confident the other half will get done. (Vigneault on MSG)

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11:05AM: Alain Vigneault says that he is confident Ryan Callahan will sign. (Steve Zipay)

3/1/14: 10:27AM: "I can?t imagine unless Ryan Callahan absolutely caves that they don?t move Ryan Callahan. Where he ends up will be sketchy.... Tampa Bay makes sense because of the ongoing dialogue with Tampa Bay about Martin St. Louis. But it doesn't matter what team, whether it's the Rangers, Tampa or any team in free agency, Wwho is going to want to pay Ryan Callahan, as good of a player as he is,? close to $7 million per. I will watch that pretty closely." (Darren Dreger on ESPN Denver)

2/28/14 6:26PM: I don't think it changes much with Ryan Callahan unless he softens his stance. Last I checked today he wanted upwards of $7 million. He won't get that from the Rangers, won't get that from TB and I would be shocked if he got that on the open market. (Darren Dreger on TSN Drive)

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1:32PM: The Rangers and Callahan's agent have spoken in the past day and there is nothing new to report with it. (Pat Leonard)

2/27/14: 8:08AM: "You don?t think Ryan Callahan is sick and tired of talking about being a primary trade target and the fact he has been vilified for asking for nearly $7 million per year. Dan Girardi hasn?t agreed to a contract yet though most still believe that he will to stay with the Rangers.? (Darren Dreger on Leafs Breakfast)

2/26/14: 9:24PM: Boomer Esiason just tweeted "Sami Vatanen." Vatanen has been a player linked to the Rangers for Girardi.?

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On TSN Drive, Darren Dreger was asked about teams that could be potential landing spots for Ryan Callahan.

Dreger said, St. Louis still makes a lot of sense to me because in starting the research that we do here for deadline day which was around six weeks ago, the message I got from the coaching staff was that their concern was the depth of their forwards, not the high end guys and Ryan Callahan would fit into that as a top-nine player. If you can acquire Ryan Callahan for Chris Stewart and a draft pick, that is a pretty good add going into the playoffs as long as you are not focused soley on what it will take to pull Ryan Miller out of the Buffalo Sabres....I think St. Louis is a primary contender."

He added, "some want to link the Penguins to Ryan Callahan and that is a tough move. I'm not saying it's impossible, we know Ray Shero has worked that type of magic before... the Martin St. Louis trade scenario won't go away and it won't go away until the bell of the trade deadline on March 5th. We know or at least we are told that the Lightning did reach out to the Rangers before the Olympics to see what kind of fit St. Louis might have in New York and return there would be. There wasn't a fit then and it wouldn't make any sense for Callahan and Marty St. Louis in a one for one but if the Rangers were able to beef it up to the point where it did make some sense and they threw in the assets necessary, maybe that is something Tampa would consider."

Dave Hodge then said, "here is the trouble in my mind with trading for Ryan Callahan. 1) if you have intentions to sign him long term, the concern is what you are going to have to pay. The concern is that if you get him as a rental he might block a shot and then doesn't play much for you."

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1:09PM: Ray Ferraro said on Leafs Lunch that his agent for his whole career was Steve Bartlett and that he has always been a calming presence in all situations.

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)

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2/26/14: 8:02AM: (Darren Dreger on NHL Live)

On Ryan Callahan, "Ryan Callahan seems unlikely even though he is the captain to agree to a contract to stay with the Blueshirts. 99% chance that he is gone. There are many teams in play. Glen Sather is asking a lot for Ryan Callahan.:

On Dan Girardi, "Dan Girardi, the Rangers are still pushing to get him re-signed to keep him away from UFA. My sense is that the Rangers love him and want to keep him. Dan Girardi very much wants to stay with the Rangers so they are just haggling over term and a little bit of money that represents the gap in this negotiation. That being said, Glen Sather is still considering the interest and their remains considerable interest in Dan Girardi. If Girardi isn't signed by the deadline I am told that there is no chance that the Rangers let him go beyond that without a deal."

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12:51PM: "I didn't believe that Callahan would be traded with a team that thinks it can contend in the East, but I would say right now that with his current contract demands there is no chance that the Rangers will keep him. With Callahan, and I am hearing that the number is up near towards $6.75 million over seven years, that the Rangers can not and will not go there." (Nick Kypreos on HC @ Noon)

Doug MacLean says that everyone likes Callahan but he isn't a $7 million dollar player, "that is ludicrous money for him." (HC @ Noon)

Then the following exchange occurred:

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2/25/14: 8:15AM: Dreger believes that the St. Louis Blues are more focused on acquiring Ryan Callahan than Ryan Miller. (TSN 1050)

2/24/14: 4:33PM:? On Team 1040 in Vancouver earlier today, Darren Dreger spoke about Ryan Callahan and the Marty St. Louis situation.

On the Marty St. Louis situation, Dreger said "I know the Rangers thought it was amusing, the speculation and rumor about St. Louis for Ryan Callahan. I can assure you that if that deal was ever proposed that the Rangers would make it instantly."

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6:14PM: No progress has been made with the Ryan Callahan contract extension. (ESPN NY)

6:06PM: Multiple sources say that the Ducks have "serious interest" in Girardi and trade talks are expected to start up between Anaheim and the Rangers. (TFP)

The Rangers supposedly have interest in Sami Vatanen. (TFP) He is a 22-year old, right shot defenseman from Finland. He had five assists in 6 games for Finland at the Olympics.

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2/23/14: 10:35PM: St. Louis' no-move expires at the end of the year but Steve Yzerman isn't interesting in renting a player. If he makes a trade he wants a player with term. (Kypreos)

10:20PM: It's believed that St. Louis asked for a trade after he was left off Canada. It is not known if he still feels the same way right now. (Nick Kypreos)

10:11PM: There is no trade of St. Louis for Callahan in the works and he doesn't believe that St. Louis will be traded since it would send a bad message in a year where the team has surprised. (Erik Erlendsson)

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2/24/14: 8:30AM:?Esiason confirms that he has been tweeting about a straight up trade of Marty St. Louis for Ryan Callahan.

2/22/14: 10:09PM:

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8:02PM: The Rangers have made no progress with Callahan on contract talks and he has not come off of his reported asking price of $6.75 million per season. (NY Post)

Sather has been willing to go to five-years and $6 million per season, maybe a little more, to keep Callahan with the Rangers. Sather "appears committed" to dealing Callahan rather than allowing him to be a free agent." (NY Post)

The Dan Girardi stalemate is tougher to figure out since what he is asking for, six-years at $5.75 million, appears to be market value.(NY Post)

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Ryan Callahan said yesterday that he is enjoying the break from trade rumors while he is in Sochi playing for Team USA.

While on ESPN Radio yesterday, Callahan said that it's tough not to be distracted by his situation but playing for Team USA has provided him with something else to focus on.

The latest update on Callahan's situation was that his agent had not spoken with any team recently.

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10:03AM: In the latest issue of The Hockey News, with Ryan Miller on the cover, they put the odds on the Rangers trading Ryan Callahan at 65%.

They write, "Callahan's name was shocking to hear in trade rumors but given Glen Sather wasn't willing to meet his captain's contract demands and allowed other NHL GMs to negotiate with Callahan's agent, the chasm between player and management is clear. Any team that acquires the 28-year old will be gambling on a guy whose physical game makes him susceptible to injury. "He can be a big help immediately," said an Eastern Conference Executive, "but seven-to-eight years for him will scare teams away."

They put Columbus, St. Louis and Pittsburgh as teams that he would be a good fit for.

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2/8/14:?7:42PM:?Larry Brooks writes that the Blue Jackets had two scouts at both the Rangers game against the Oilers on Thursday and against the Penguins on Friday. (NY Post)

He says "you're not being realistic" if you don't believe that Ryan Callahan could re-join Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov as linemates in Columbus. (NY Post)

That trio formed?'The Pack Line"?at various points before Dubinsky and Anismov were traded to Columbus

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The Rangers hoped to have the Ryan Callahan situation resolved by Friday's Olympic Trade freeze but getting a decision done by then "wasn't realistic."? (Ottawa Sun)

Callahan, as reported first by the Ottawa Sun last week, is reportedly searching for a seven-year deal worth $6.85 million per season to avoid going to unrestricted free agency. (Ottawa Sun)

The Rangers will need to determine if they want to keep Callahan for a playoff run and then attempt to sign him once the season ends. (Ottawa Sun)

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Brian Boyle says that Ryan Callahan is a great player, a great teammate and "kind of makes the team go." (ESPN NY)

Boyle added that Callahan leads by example and that being around Callahan every day since the two have been teammates have made Boyle a better player. (ESPN NY)

Brad Richards, when asked about Callahan's situation, said that what he is going through is part of the business and that while it's unfortunate he has been a pro in how it's been handled. (ESPN NY)

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11AM:? Girardi says that he wants to be with the Rangers and that he knows Callahan feels the same way. Girardi said that this is part of being a pro player, dealing with rumors, and that they need to be handled the right way and not impact anything on the ice. (Rangers Rants)

7:37AM: Following yesterday's Olympic trade freeze, Dan Girardi said that his focus is on staying with the Ranger sand that it's the same for Ryan Callahan. ?(Daily News)

Girardi said that he and his family love New York and then, "Me and Cally both want to be here." ?(Daily News)

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6:35PM: Callahan's agent is willing to continue talks over the break. (Fourth Period)

5:10PM: Callahan's agent Stephen Bartlett will be going to Sochi and plans to spend some "one on one" time with Callahan to discuss where the negotiations stand. (Daily News)

Bartlett and Rangers management spoke the past two days but another round of talks doesn't seem imminent. (Daily News)

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9:28PM: No progress has been made over the past two days towards finding a match between the Rangers and Ryan Callahan on a contract extension. (NY Post)

The gap between the two sides is "as substantial as ever." (NY Post)

The only teams interested in acquiring Callahan would be to do so on a rental basis. (NY Post)

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Mark Messier was in Canada yesterday and spoke with Sportsnet about Rangers captain Ryan Callahan.

Messier said that Callahan has done a great job with the Rangers, leads by example and is the real "leader and inspiration for the team."(Sportsnet)

Messier adds that Callahan is a "winner" and his consistency with how he approaches the game on and off the ice is "admirable."

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2:56PM: There is no imminent deadline on when a decision has to be made but the Rangers would prefer that it get done sooner rather than later. (ESPN NY)

1:42PM: Callahan's agent will chat with Sather later this afternoon. (The Fourth Period)

11:45AM: Callahan's agent said that he plans on talking with Glen Sather today and hopes to find some "common ground." (John Shannon)

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On NHL Live this afternoon, Dave Maloney asked Bob McKenzie about the status of Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi.

On Ryan Callahan, "It doesn't seem that they are close but I do know that Steve Bartlett, the agent for Ryan Callahan, touched base with the Rangers today but I wouldn't suggest that it was substantive contract negotiations. Right now the two sides seem far apart. The sense is that Ryan Callahan is looking for a seven-year deal of upwards of $6.5 million per year, somewhere between $6.5 and $7 million per year. I think the New York Rangers are prepared to give him $6 million and maybe a bit more than $6 but maybe on a lesser term. We will see how this plays out. I know the Rangers have been kind of working on the deadline of trying to solve this before the Olympic break."

On Dan Girardi, "similar kind of situation. There is a little bit more optimism that they will get a deal done with him and there has been some dialogue over the last 24-48 hours on Girardi's contract but I don't think it's necessarily imminent either."

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7:17AM: Ryan Callahan is not in fact searching for a seven-year deal worth $42 million which was the regularly reported number last week. (NY Post)

A GM who has spoken with Glen Sather about trading for Callahan says that he is looking for seven years at "six plus-plus-plus million per year. Larry Brooks says it's likely, seven-years and $47 million. (NY Post)

Darren Dreger reported on Monday night that Callahan was looking for seven-years and a deal worth more than $6.5 million

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Elliotte Friedman spoke with a former Edmonton Oiler who said that during negotiations Glen Sather grinds and tests players because of his competitiveness and desire to win every trade and every negotiation. (CBC)

The former Oiler said that he went through something similar during his playing days and isn't convinced that the Rangers and Ryan Callahan won't ultimately get something done. (CBC)

Friedman points out that things with Henrik Lundqvist's contract extension weren't looking good until the two sides had a face to face meeting and compromised on the eventual deal.? (CBC)

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3:31PM: Marty Turco and Brad May discuss Callahan (Sportsnet):

  • Turco: "I think he will stay there and Glen Sather and the agent will get it done. You talk about a player that does everything for a team. When you talk about having young kids this is who you look to, you want to play like this guy and he is that kind of guy for the Rangers. Any team would love to have this guy for how he sacrifices his body and plays the right way."
  • May: "28 years old and plays such a great brand of hockey, heart and soul player. I can't imagine the Rangers getting rid of him but it's all about term and money and I can see him landing in a place like St. Louis. There are players that can be moved back to New York but I can't imagine him leaving NY."
11:31AM: Larry Brooks says that the Rangers should maybe consider Callahan to be their own rental acquisition but with the added benefit of not having to deal anything to get him. (NY Post)

The?Daily News says that Glen Sather should do whatever it is he is going to do with Callahan soon because each day this linger presents a possible distraction for the team.

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5:14PM: The Rangers are trying to get the Callahan situation resolved by Friday because they don't want another team/coach to take control of him when he is at the Olympics. (Bob McKenzie on TSN Drive)

4:34PM: Andrew Gross wonders how the Rangers would be impacted if Ryan Callahan were removed from the lineup and traded because he and the Rangers couldn't come to terms on a new contract. (The Record)

He points to practices and seeing how loose the Rangers are right now and whether it would be worth it for Glen Sather to possibly disrupt that by dealing the captain. (The Record)

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7:14PM: There is no imminent trade with Callahan but St. Louis is interested. (Dreger on NHL Live)

6:23PM: On Insider Trading, Darren Dreger discussed Ryan Callahan:

  • Dreger, "He wants a lot of money. It's been widely reported that Ryan Callahan wants a seven-year term around $6 million per, well that isn't accurate and I am told that it is more than $6.5 million per on a seven-year term and less than $7 million. Whether it's $6 or as we know now, it's closer to $7 million, it's a lot of money and too much for the New York Rangers. There is not a lot of wiggle room in this negotiation and that is why Glen Sather is considering and working towards moving his captain."
  • James Duthie asks if Callahan will get moved before the Friday deadline and Dreger says, "50-50 but that is an easy guess to make at this point. I would say that it's more unlikely to get done because there is a willingness to push this as far as you can but in the meantime the New York Rangers need to get as much in return as possible. The Chris Stewart deal with the St. Louis Blues is still there, Stewart would be part of it."
  • Callahan is the top ranked player on TSN's available players list.
5:18PM "Ryan Callahan wants north of $6.5 million and close to $7 million per year on a seven-year deal. If he gets that in UFA buyer beware. He would be a great fit on 30 teams, he is a heart and soul player but not at almost $7 million. The Chris Stewart trade, with Stewart as part of it, is still there but Sather is drumming up interest and wants to see the market entirely. It may take until March 5." (Darren Dreger on TSN Drive)

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5:51PM:?On ESPN's Hockey Podcast, Katie Strang, Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside talk about Ryan Callahan.

"Not only is it a pretty bold and brazen move, it's escalated so quickly. It caught fire and gained a lot of steam quicker than I anticipated. Almost to the point that their is a healthy dose of skepticism about how legit their willingness to deal him.? (Katie Strang)

"I think the Rangers talking to teams was a necessity because they need to protect themselves if he doesn't sign by March 5. Friday is probably more important than March 5th because they don't want him getting hurt. I think the Rangers have no problem having Callahan hear about these trade rumors because it holds in itself an inherent pressure value and I think the Rangers are hoping he backs down from his desire to sign a seven-year deal. I don't get that sense that they are playing into this and that it has impacted their stance at all. (Pierre LeBrun)

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