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.