Rangers Re-Sign Ryan Callahan

The Rangers have avoided arbitration with Ryan Callahan, inking their final RFA to a three year deal worth $13 $12.875 million ($4 million, $4 million, $4.875 million).  The contract is a $4.3 $4.28 million cap hit, which is $100k more than Brandon Dubinsky, despite being shorter in term.  The deal is cheaper than most expected, but also shorter.  Most of us had Cally pegged at 5-6 years at a $4.5 million cap hit, with the extra cash stemming from a longer term.  With the deal being shorter than Dubinsky’s, thus buying out less UFA years, I would have thought the deal would come in under Dubi’s AAV.  That doesn’t really matter though, as the deal is still within the range that he was supposed to be at anyway.

Cally was the last player the Rangers needed to lock up in what is likely Glen Sather’s best offseason with the Rangers to date.  This deal buys out one RFA year and two UFA years for the future captain of the Rangers (likely).  Arbitration wouldn’t have killed the Cally/NYR relationship –as many have reported it would, but it would have strained it a little.

The RFAs are signed. The roster is set. Is it October yet?

13 Responses to “Rangers Re-Sign Ryan Callahan”

  1. Dave says:

    for a player who is an injury risk based on the way he plays and his lack of height,we gave him too much hes a good 2/3 line player

  2. Dave says:

    No im a realistic Ranger fan

  3. Section 121 says:

    Along the injury line, and the fact that he’s one year older than Dubi, I think this is reasonable.

  4. dave says:

    also 90% of his goals anyone with 2 hands can score right in front of the net either an open net off a rebound or a great pass right to him

  5. Zen says:

    My initial thought was… wow, that is too short of a contract for a our future contract. BUT after some more thought, I can see that Cally’s agent was most likely trying to pump up the salaries in those UFA years… which would have made his cap hit WAY too much for a (at best) 2nd line winger. Not to mention that the cap hit would have caused some cap issues this year as well if it was any larger.

    In general with the Dubi & Cally contracts, let’s see if these players can rise up and earn these hefty contracts that are usually awarded to players who can put the puck in the net much more consistently than they actually do. Should be interesting…