Reports and tweets coming out of Tampa and Callahan's agents people are saying Callahan has agreed to stay in Tampa for the next 5 years(possibly a 6th) for an average of over $5.5 million per year. That is alot less than what was being reported he was asking for when he was with the Rangers. The rumors while in New York was he was looking for around $7 million per average which many thought was way overblown. So either the reports out of the New York were made up so that the Rangers fans wouldn't go nuts when the Captain was traded for a "Go for it now" attempt at the Cup by getting Martin St. Louis, or Ryan Callahan had a HUGE change of mind and came down in his demands by over $1.3 million per year which isn't very likely. Congrats to Ryan Callahan on a well deserved contract and THANK YOU for all you did for the New York Rangers organization!!!
As a result of Callahan signing in Tampa, the Rangers will receive Tampa's 2nd round pick in 2015 while the Rangers send their 7th pick in 2015 in return.
With the New York Rangers Oraganization starting the offseason with the Buyout of Brad Richards, who are the rest of the players that will stay and who will go? On the Restricted Free Agents (players that can not sign elsewhere without the Rangers getting compensation back for) that have a real future with the Rangers are played at the NHL level are Chris Kreider, Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello, Justin Faulk, John Moore, Danny Kristo, and Ryan Bourque. Brassard should pull in a multi year deal of 4-5 years at around $4 million. Chris Kreider, for Cap Reasons will probably get a "Bridge" deal for 2 years at a "Stepan Like" caphit of $3 million per. Mats Zuccarello is looking at a huge raise from his $1.15 million salary and is probably looking at a 3-4 year deal for $3 million per. Justin Faulk probably will not be tendered and become an unrestricted free agent. John Moore has a tender of under $1 million, so a 2 year deal for $1.5-$2 million per would be be fair while the Rangers see if he fits into their long range plans. Is Danny Kristo ready for the big show? If the organization thinks so, he will be tendered on a 1 way deal for around $1 million for a 2 or 3 year deal. Ryan Bourque doesn't seem to have a future with the Rangers and he is another undersized winger with offensive talent of which the Rangers already have Carl Hagelin, Mats Zuccarello, and Martin St. Louis and the Rangers saw how in a long playoff run against BIGGER teams that too many little men wear down in the playoffs.
Now for the Unrestricted Free Agents which are now also allowed to talk to other teams. Anton Stralman, Dominic Moore, Benoit Pouliot, Brian Boyle, Rafeal Diaz, and Dan Carcillo. Anton Stralman has stated he wants to be in a stable area for his family and many believed that he would go back overseas as his wife wanted for the family when he tried out with the Devils before signing with the Rangers after the Devils could not afford to pay him what he wanted during their financial issues. Lately, it is looking that a 4 year deal at $4 million per caphit might get it done and if that is what will get it done, it is a no brainer for G.M. Glen Sather to keep the top 4 intact. Dominic Moore, who just won the Bill Masterton Trophy for perserverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey after returning last year from taking a year off from the game he loves to care for his wife, wants to stay in New York and deserves to. He is prbably looking at a 2-3 year deal between $1.5-$1.8 million per caphit. Brian Boyle wants a bigger role on the team and coach Alain Vigneault has already said no, so it looks like Boyle will be gone. Some of the money that would have gone to Boyle will be used to persuade Benoit Pouliot who finally found his game at the NHL level and could see a multiyear deal of say 3 years at $2.3 caphit per year. Dan Carcillo was productive and reminded many of Sean Avery in many ways but would have to sign for less than $1 to stay with the Rangers.
In saying all of this, the Rangers are looking for a large and talented center to take the Rangers to the next level after letting Brad Richards go. There is alot on websites about Jason Spezza, Joe Thorton, Eric Staal, and free agent Paul Stastny being tagets of the Rangers. If any of them become a Ranger, there will be players gone from the above lists because of either they will be pieces needed to make a trade or due to Cap restrictions. Let the games begin!!
LET'S GO RANGERS!!!!!