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Ryan Callahan, you are on the clock

Posted By On July 22, 2011 @ 6:30 am In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 456 Comments

Here is the story by USA Today’s Kevin Allen and Mike Brehm [1]about Brandon Dubinsky’s signing yesterday.

[2]In it, they quote Ryan Callahan’s agent, Steve Bartlett, on where the negotiations stand.

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.

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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.

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AP Photo, above.


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[1] Here is the story by USA Today’s Kevin Allen and Mike Brehm : http://www.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/nhl/rangers/2011-07-21-brandon-dubinsky-agrees-to-four-year-deal_n.htm

[2] Image: http://dqmt5fo24ucpe.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Callahan-vs.-Flyers.jpg