According to Bob McKenzie, the Rangers are “inching up” on a deal with Ryan Callahan, though it is not done yet.
The deal is expected to eventually be for six seasons and a little bit over $6 million per. I imagine it will have some sort of limited no-move or no-trade clause.
Doubtful, but it remains possible the Rangers sign Callahan then trade him. Again, doubtful.
And as I’ve said many times—especially when Callahan was demanding seven years and $6.5M+—the Rangers would terribly miss him in the first half of the contract if he signed elsewhere, and would be glad they didn’t have that contract in the second half of the deal.
So, the inverse might also be true. They’ll be glad to have kept him for Years 1, 2 and 3, maybe through Year 4. They will probably not be so thrilled with Years 5 and 6, and maybe Year 4.
That all said, what has always been apparent to me is that, at whatever cost, the Rangers need more players like Callahan, not fewer.
Stay tuned for updates.
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