Here is the story by USA Today’s Kevin Allen and Mike Brehm about Brandon Dubinsky’s signing yesterday.
I personally think Capt. Callahan will be signed before he gets to arbitration next Thursday, and that he will come in with a slightly higher dollar figure, and perhaps with an additional year, than did his linemate, Dubinsky, who signed for four years, $16.8 million Thursday.
Callahan is, after all, the face of the franchise, the player who dictates the way the Rangers play, coach John Tortorella’s favorite and most trustworthy player, and—unless I am wrong, which will be shocking in this case—the next captain.
The Rangers certainly have more than enough cap space to get Callahan signed before the hearing and to make both sides happy for a long time.
I am working on a pretty cool column about a former boxer, Michael Hogan, aka Shamus O’Brien, who fought in the early 1900s and passed away in 1959. He was buried in Yonkers—where his family had immigrated from Ireland—but without a headstone. Today a beautiful new stone will be dedicated at Hogan’s gravesite in a ceremony at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.
I’ll put up the link once it appears on LoHud overnight or tomorrow.
AP Photo, above.