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Rangers reach three-year deal with RFA Callahan

Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:53 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 3:48 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

The New York Rangers have reached a deal with alternate captain Ryan Callahan, avoiding an arbitration date for the second time in as many weeks with one of their young players.

Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet says the deal is for three years, $12.825 million. That would be a cap hit of $4.275 million.

"We were both working out three, four and five year deals and I think we agreed the numbers worked for a three-year deal," Callahan told the Record. "We couldn’t come to a conclusion on a longer deal."

Just last week the Rangers gave Brandon Dubinsky a four-year deal worth $16.8 million, avoiding arbitration there.

The deal comes just when pessimism was starting to seep in that a deal would be done before tomorrow's meeting. Just yesterday it was being reported that no progress had been made in the negotiations. Again, nothing like a date with an arbiter to serve as a nice kick in the rear.

After chasing (and ultimately landing) Brad Richards on the free-agent market, getting their four restricted free agents back in the fold was priority No. 2 for the Blueshirts. Mission accomplished. They also re-upped Artem Anisimov and Brian Boyle, helping them keep intact a very nice young core.

Callahan was in the middle of a very nice season for the Rangers when he broke his ankle and had to sit out the remainder of the season, including the playoffs. Before that, however, he had 23 goals and 25 assists in 60 games, his highest point total in five NHL seasons.

"I'm thrilled to be back for three years," Callahan added. "I love playing for the Rangers. I'm excited to be back and to have this behind me and concentrate on the season. I was hoping it would get done but you never really know how it's going to go in these negotiations. I definitely didn't want to go to arbitration and only go on a one-year deal. I'm really happy it didn't have to come to that."

If he comes back fully healthy -- and there is no reason to believe he won't -- he will likely remain on the second line where he will probably be joined by Dubinsky at center after Richards' arrival. With that, New York has the makings of a solid pair of lines to try and give Henrik Lundqvist a little more scoring support to play with.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 4:19 am
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Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 3:31 pm
 

Rangers reach three-year deal with RFA Callahan

i'm a ranger fan, but some are talking about how great the young defense is..proceed with caution..sophomore jinx is very common for 2nd year players..like del zotto was last year..mcdonagh played 40 games..extremely well, but not about to call him ray borque..the defense isnt even set yet, and will have 3 defensemaen with 1 year or less nhl experience..playing a full year this year..the rangers are 1-2 years away from cup contention.serious contention, i hope sather will use  1 of the forwards to trade for a big, experienced man to clear the crease, with wolski's contract the likely one to open the room



Since: Apr 24, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 1:50 am
 

Rangers reach three-year deal with RFA Callahan

wow most of you don't have a clue as to what you're talking about... the rangers are a fringe cup contender team that no one will be talking about until the playoffs come back around next season. this team is poised for a deep run. and by the way arinze121 callahan scored 48 points in 60 games. he'll stay healthy as long as he doesn't step in front of chara's shot.



Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 1:23 am
 

Rangers reach three-year deal with RFA Callahan

Another bad contract!!!!!



Since: Nov 13, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 10:39 pm
 

Rangers reach three-year deal with RFA Callahan

The best young defense in hockey. One of the top goaltenders in hockey. Brad Richards, Gabby and all of our young studs signed, how can anyone not expect this team to compete for the cup this year and for several years to come.



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 9:51 pm
 

Rangers reach three-year deal with RFA Callahan

Big fan of Callahan but 4.2?  Is that really what a guy like him goes for now adays?  I know he brings a lot of intangibles to the team that can't be measured by a box score but I'm still trying to figure out how some of these guys are getting these contracts.  Just seems a bit much for a guy that probably won't break 50 points in the 4 years of the contract.  I still like it better than 60 million for Brad Richards....



Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2011 9:43 pm
 

Rangers reach three-year deal with RFA Callahan

Also like the length of the contract to see if he can stay healthy.



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: July 28, 2011 12:54 am
 

Rangers reach three-year deal with RFA Callahan

Callahan was really punishing the opposition on the forecheck last year, after he got his legs under him from his first serious injury; probably the first sign I've ever seen of the much bally-hooed, but often indiscernable "Tort's high octane forechecking system."  (What a joke!)  Anyways, most good hockey players want a lot of ice time and Callahan deserves all he gets on the PK, and he'll never hurt you five on five, but for chrissake, don't make him suffer through another year of "never-pass Dubinsky" on his line.  In fact, move Dubinsky to Winnipeg while he's still got some value; Byfuglien is the guy you want to get back!
 



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2011 4:58 pm
 

Rangers reach three-year deal with RFA Callahan

I like this contract in this market, good length for a young player with so many questions about how he'll develop still.   Seems the going rate for top 6 forwards coming off of a 20 goal year has shited to starting at 4 million now, wow.    Extensions are going to be interesting this season.   


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