It’s no secret that the Rangers were open to dealing captain and USA Olympian Ryan Callahan — you heard it hear first – but what has been a secret was exactly why the New York Rangers were willing to part ways with the “heart and soul guy” of the team.
According to TSN, we now know why. NHL Insider Darren Dreger is reporting that, though it’s been “widely reported” that Callahan wants $42 million over seven years, the Rochester, NY native actually wants more than that. Dreger reports that Callahan is looking for a deal of seven years at an average value of between $6.5-$7 million.
It makes sense that the Rangers don’t want to commit that much money to a player who doesn’t have a history of performing at the level that would warrant $7 million per year.
There is one team, however, that would reportedly be willing to pay him that money, and that’s the Buffalo Sabres.
The New York Post reports that should Callahan actually hit the free agent market this summer, the Sabres would be one of the teams that would be a major bidder for his services.
Still, it all depends on what happens over the next few months before free agency begins as Callahan’s agent is set to open up negotiations with the Rangers again this week.