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FULLTILT PROSPECTS REPORT

Since the second half of the season began, the Hartford Wolf Pack have been on fire. Dating back to January 29, the Pack are 4-2 over their last six games.  While at one point this season scoring was a serious concern, the Pack have scored three or more goals in six of there last seven games. Leading the way for the Wolf Pack is a hungry group of prospects that are all hoping to make their mark in the NHL. 

Oscar Lindberg- In this last six game stand, Lindberg has been far and away the Pack’s best player. He Leads the team in goals (4) assists (3) and points (7). A noticeable change to his game is the amount of shots he has taken as of late. In the beginning of the season he was slow to pull the trigger, now he is finding his grove and shooting a lot more.  It would be easy to look at his offensive stats, and stop there but Lindberg does a lot more than put up points. He's involved and engaged in his zone defensively,  gets in deep on the forecheck and creates a lot of opportunities for linemates. Lindberg’s game is complete and all around and is now showing why he came over with a lot of hype. 

J.T. Miller- After being on a hot streak for much of the season, Miller seemed to finally cool down. After being pretty much a point per game player, over the last six games Miller has no goals and just three assists. The biggest issue right now is consistency. There are times when he is the best player on the ice and times when he is going through the motions. There have even been times when you don't notice him at all. The lack of goals may be alarming to some, but he has had 10 shots in his last six games. He was robbed of goals on at least three of those shots so the goals will come.

Danny Kristo- Like much of the season, the question has been the same: What Danny Kristo will show up? It shouldn’t be a surprise that this team goes as Kristo goes. When he is flying around, the team follows, when he is invisible so is the team. Fortunately, over the last six, and in most of the second half of the season for that matter, Kristo has been buzzing. In the latest stretch of games, Danny has three goals and two assists for five points. He also added 10 shots. The effort and consistency has always been a concern, if he can start playing on a more consistent level, the sky is the limit. 

Jesper Fast- Coming off a monster week where Fast was the hottest player in the AHL, he once again produced points and played a solid all around game. While the goal numbers were down, just one goal in the last seven games, he was still able to create opportunities by adding in four assists. Fast’s overall game was solid. He was involved in the Forecheck, played great two way hockey and saw time on both the Power play and Penalty Kill. It should be noted that Fast also had the Shoot out winner against Albany on Feb 1.

Ryan Bourque- One name not talked about nearly enough in regards to Rangers Prospects is Ryan Bourque. While he doesn’t have the Skill of Kristo, the speed of Fast or the size of Lindberg, He brings something they don’t: A blue collar grit. Often times, Bourque is the hardest working player on the ice, and is always noticeable. At the start of the season, Bourque was playing on the forth line, He managed to work his way up to the first line. Over the last six games, he’s punched in two goals, taken 18 shots, and played in every situation imaginable. Bourque excels on the fore-check, and out works people down line, despite his size he have no problem throwing his body around. His blue collar attitude has been a welcomed addition to Miller and Fast. 

Conor Allen- Much like most of the season, the report on Allen is boring and pretty much the same: He shows up, He does his Job, He leaves. The past stretch of games, has been pretty much the same. The only thing that has changed is where he is playing and the amount of minutes he is playing. Since the second half of the season, Allen has more time on the Power Play, the Penalty kill and on the top line. Hes eating up more minutes and getting better every game. While his point totals are lacking, just one assist in the last six games, he is more then making up for it with his positioning, and his ability to keep other teams best players off the score sheet. 

Dylan McIlrath- Big Mac missed three of the six games with an upper body injury. When he returned, he played in his normal top line role. He was physical and played with an edge which was good to see coming off an injury. One thing I noticed is that he is not fighting as much, and isn’t even looking for it as often. Im not sure if that is the injury or coming from the coaches. While the improvements and gains are there, It’s now more of a case of McIlrath staying healthy. In three games, MacIlrath added an assist and a +2 rating. 

By William Cullen

CALLAHAN'S REAL VALUE

With all the speculation that Ryan Callahan is about to be traded, I figured I'd add my two cents to the bin.

While most claim that he's the unquestioned leader on this team and the heart and soul, tell me what has he won? Henrik has a gold medal. Richie has a Stanley Cup victory. Callahan has a silver on a team that he played third line minutes and was a PK specialist. For all the love we give our captain here in NY, we seem to forget his actual place on the team.

What he is not: a top line forward who is going to score 30 goals a year. He's encroached on 30 a few times in his career, but he was getting plenty of PP time and let's face it, this team is doing much better this year on special teams, and he hasn't been apart of it.

What he is: a second line forward who will give you grit, defense, and great penalty killing.

Is that valuable? Yes. Is it 7 years/$6M valuable? No. Even if the cap explodes to $75M in the next year or two, he's still not worth it. He's a perennial injury risk with the type of game he plays. Do we love the way he plays? Yes. But it's not sustainable. If anyone needs a refresher, that 2010 USA team featured our, then captain, Chris Drury killing penalties along with Callahan (and I will give Drury a ton of credit for grooming Ryan into the player he is today) and what do we all remember about the contract he signed with Sather? It was awful, that's what we remember.

The fact of the matter is, as New York Ranger fans, we fall in love with the hard working "heart and soul" guys (think of the outpouring that happened when Prust left) and so does our GM. The problem with that mentality is that you're now paying 2nd and 3rd line players like top line talent. You're squandering your cap space for players who can't fill the role their salary dictates. It in no way is Scott Gomez's fault for taking the deal that he did, same goes for Wade Redden. But the signs were there that these players weren't worth the salary. That said, neither Drury or Gomez played all that horribly, their career norms just weren't worth the paycheck.

I hope by now you see what I'm saying here... is Ryan Callahan a good player? Yes. Is he deserving of the C he wears? Yes. Is he worth a max length deal totaling around $35M? No. Max length deals go to guys like Crosby, Malkin, Lundqvist. Those are the players that have proven to be the best at what they do. Callahan has proven a quality defensive forward and penalty killer. That can be had on the open market for $2-3M and is a role that is easily filled; let someone desperate overpay for him *cough* Buffalo Sabres *cough* Ville Leino 2.0 *cough*

Sadly the best case scenario for those of you who are still chiming in with "I don't care, he's our captain, you keep him," is that he hurts himself in Sochi. Dropping his trade value and if he misses more time, his value as a free agent. I've never wished and injury on anyone in any sport, but if you want to see Ryan Callahan in a Blueshirt for a few more years, it may be the only way it gets done at a price that doesn't completely handcuff the Rangers' salary cap. Let's not forget, there's potentially 11 other guys that are gonna need to be re-sign at the end of the year too...

-- Mike

RANGERS SLIP ON OIL AND IN TO PITT


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Two lapses is all it took. An errant pass by Kevin Klein off Brian Boyle's skate and 10 seconds of being out hustled with less than 2 minutes led to a 2-1 loss. The Oilers may have been a little more attentive in the defensive zone last night, but there were rebounds aplenty. Scrivens did his best fish out of water goaltending and stymied the Rangers for the second time this season.

The Rangers out shot the Oilers last night 36 to 31 but Ben Scrivens was there for the initial shot while rebounds were swept away. Alain Vigneault was not pleased with the effort and was upset on the game winning goal. "The winning goal was five guys on the ice getting beat to loose pucks" said a seething Vigneault. Nail Yakupov converted and that's all she wrote.

New York has one more game before the Olympic break against the division leading Penguins. Tonight, the King will assume his position in net after Cam Talbot gave him a much needed rest. The best player for Team Sweden will face the best player for Team Canada, Sidney Crosby. While the Olympic undertone is nice, the two points will be the only focus for the Rangers.

FULLTILT FORECAST: NYR 4 - PIT 2! Rick Nash and Derek Stepan will lead the way and Hank will get it done.

RANGERS LEARNING "THE RIGHT WAY" VIGNEAULT'S WAY


Alain Vigneault was brought in to change how the New York Rangers played hockey. For many fans no one was quite sure what that meant. We all fell in love with the Black N' Blueshirts that former bench boss John Tortorella forged with tough love. From shot blocking to grinding out wins, we identified with them. When AV was handed the reins we were told he'd transform the Rangers into an offensive team, but all we got was dysfunction and losses. It left us all wondering if the Rangers just made the biggest mistake in recent franchise history. A thought that is now a distant memory.

ROUGH TIMES
At the start of this season the Rangers were in trouble even if Torts was still in charge. A 9 game West Coast Road trip was a daunting task for any Eastern Conference team. NY came away from it with 3 wins & 6 losses and looked confused. Players were a mess and looking lost. It became obvious that they were stuck between "Intellect and Instinct". For years, John Tortorella instilled in them "THE RIGHT WAY" to play, the problem for them now was that it wasn't "THE ONLY RIGHT WAY TO PLAY". The adjustment period was painfully underway.

On many nights you could see Rangers chasing pucks or just standing still. They truly didn't know what to do. Players that suffered mightily were Henrik Lundqvist, Dan Girardi and Marc Staal. The King was losing confidence with every goal against as the team in front struggled to grasp the system. Things became so bad that a 26 year old net minder from Hartford was stealing starts from Hank. Cam Talbot was an early season hero and important in getting the Rangers to settle down and get back to basics. It was obvious that the Blueshirts were more concerned with protecting Cam that they simplified the game for themselves. This was the first real building block in getting the ship righted.

ONE STEP FORWARD, TWO STEPS BACK
So after a 5-7 October, the Rangers improved to 9-6 in November. While it looked like an improvement in the standings, they were still struggling to forecheck and score. A fact that was punctuated with a poor December where they went 6-6-2. In that month the Blueshirts held their second closed door meeting after a loss to the Caps only to follow it up with another loss at home to the lowly Predators. The first closed door meeting came after a 9-2 loss in October to SJ, they followed it with a 6-0 loss to Anaheim. AV said in a post game presser of the second meeting "it's just talk" and he was right. 

THE TURNAROUND
Then it all clicked after a miserable loss to the Penguins on January 3rd. The score of 5-2 was flattering to say the least. The calendar just turned to 2014 and the Rangers were 20-20-2 and looking like a below average team. Another closed door meeting was held and something snapped in the heads of every Ranger and their coach. The following game they routed the Maple Leafs to the tune of 7-1! Another let down was about to take place at home against the Blue Jackets but they rallied for 2 goals in the third and fell in the shootout. Finally the corner was turned against the defending Champs in Chicago, where in the third period, Henrik Lundqvist shut the door and became The King again. It was also the debut of Daniel Carcillo who has not only filled in for the injured Derek Dorsett but has turned the whole 4th line around with his play. Instantly, the head coach has been able to role 4 lines with great effect.

The Rangers are now 11-3-1 since that loss to Pittsburgh. They have scored 52 goals in the process for an average of 3.46 goals a game. That is nearly a goal higher than they were producing all season. Players that were struggling are now thriving. Dan Girardi who was a -5 in 42 games is now a +7 in his last 15. Marc Staal who in his first 32 games has 3 points and was a -10, now has 7 points and is a +10 in the last 15. As for Lundqvist? 9-2-1 with a .940 save percentage since that loss in Pittsburgh. Rick Nash has been on fire and Mats Zuccarello continues to shine. Now it looks like Derek Stepan and Ryan Callahan are starting to click too. So many Rangers stand out during this stretch that it's to difficult to name them all and it all points to the persistence of one gum chewing coach.

THE TIMEOUT
I remember getting all over AV for refusing to adjust his system, for not appearing to take responsibility and even for refusing to use his timeouts. Looking back, I find it funny that it was a timeout that permanently changed the fortune of the Rangers and how we all view the coach today. It was in Chicago late in the third on a timeout called by the Blackhawks! Unlike in the past where AV would sit back and let his assistants lead the charge, he stood up and rallied his troops, giving them instructions and morale support in the face of the Blackhawks' surge. It was that moment that Vigneault stopped being the former coach of the Canucks and the coach of the Rangers.

HIS TEAM
No one knows just how far this team will go. If you look at what they did in the first 42 games and what they are doing now, it's a totally different squad. The Rangers are clicking on all cylinders and look like a surefire playoff team. It is very possible they will get home ice advantage in the first round as well. A remarkable turnaround to say the least, one that Alain Vigneault deserves full credit for. The Rangers are now his team and it shows.

Now if he would just use those timeouts more often. 

By: Anthony Scultore



RANGERS MUST BE "AWARE" OF THE AVS


"Awareness." That was the word Henrik Lundqvist used to describe what the Rangers needed to do tonight versus the Avalanche. NY is coming off a very emotional week where they defeated cross town rivals in the Devils and Islanders. The latter was beaten in back to back games. 

The Blueshirts must look to avoid an emotional letdown against a young and fiery Colorado team, led by head coach Patrick Roy. A player Henrik idolized growing up along with Dominik Hasek as reported by Blueshirts United. In addition to this fun facts, Henrik also stated that the Avalanche play a similar style to the Islanders. This should bode well after facing them twice last week.

This represents a short month due to the Olympic break and the Rangers need to continue their winning ways from January (10-4-1). It will not be easy against an Avalanche team that has exceeded all expectations for 77 points thus far on the year. The Rangers will need to handle the quick transition of the Avalanche and limit their chances on Lundqvist.

Marc Staal who just became a father should play tonight and the Rangers will need him for sure. Keep your eye on Mats Zuccarello tonight who is streaking. Zucc is on a 3 game point streak (2 G - 2 A) and looks poised for more. Rangers will have a tough time in this one but a 4-3 win is in the cards.

By: Anthony Scultore

FUTURE RANGER: JESPER FAST

 
Jesper Fast
current status:In the minors
Birth Date:December 2, 1991 (22 years old) 
Place of Birth:Nassjo, SWE 
Shoots:R
Experience:0 years
Drafted:Drafted by NY Rangers in 2010 (6/157).

FAST TIMES AHEAD

The last time many of us saw Jesper Fast, he was playing for the New York Rangers. While Fast only had a cup of coffee with the big club before being sent down to the Hartford Wolf Pack, most were impressed with what they saw. Thought to be a long shot, Fast made the Rangers out of his first pro camp. What people didn’t get to gauge or see is what type of player Jesper Fast really is. After battling through an ankle injury in Hartford, Fast has returned and given fans what we all hope is a glimpse into a bright future. 

A PLEASANT SURPRISE

During his time with New York, Fast was mainly a fourth line player, who was used in defensive roles and on the penalty kill. Truth be told, he was nothing more then a place keeper until Carl Hagelin and Ryan Callahan both returned from injuries. Some people look at that as a negative, but the fact that AV would give him a spot on the fourth line, in a defensive role no less, should speak volumes. It has been stated numerous times that AV does not trust rookies in that sense. Down in Harford, Fast has not only shown a good two way game, but also that he has a big offensive upside to go along with it. 

The first thing that jumped out to me is how hard of a worker he is. Often times, offensive minded forwards tend to be lazy on the forecheck and in the defensive zone. That is not the case with him at all. Fast is a great skater that has good speed and acceleration. He uses that speed to get in on the forecheck to create chaos and offensive chances.  Fast has good hockey sense, as you can see him anticipating plays on the ice instead of reacting to them. While Fast isn’t a physical player, he is very strong on the puck and has no problems going into the dirty areas to win battles. Although, the most outstanding aspect of his game has been his offense.

STANDING OUT

Since his return on December 20th, a span of 16 games, Fast has registered 8 goals, 4 assists for 12 points. Adding to his stats, Fast has 24 shots, a +5 rating, 4 power play goals, and 2 power play assists. He has mostly been playing on the first line with JT Miller and Ryan Bourque.  In addition, he sees action on both the PP and PK.

Fast is a scary combination of speed and tenacity. The young Swede is a relentless fore checker and a solid two way player. The scouting report thus far is holding true. However, does Jesper have the size to compete and the NHL level? At the young age of 22 he still has time to work on it. Above all else he is a talent with great hockey sense that keeps him one step ahead of most players on the ice. It wouldn’t be hard to argue that he has been the best player on the Pack since his return. The jury may still be out on Fast, but his future sure looks bright! 

By: Will Cullen

YANKEE STADIUM: THE PERFECT PLACE FOR HOCKEY


Over 100,000 people entered Yankee Stadium on Sunday and Tuesday to watch something that looking back in the 90s, and part of the 2000s, seemed like a pipe dream. These games didn’t seem possible. Why? The league didn’t feel like taking the risk. Since the inception of the Winter Classic, which was first played on January 1, 2008, the NHL after the success of the first game thought over the past few years. What could we do next?

Introducing, the Stadium Series. A 4 game series, set around various baseball or football fields across America. Luckily, with the New York City area having three teams so close by, Yankee Stadium hosted two games. It was not only a treat for fans of the respective teams, but it was a treat for those who wanted to celebrate the game of hockey.

First off, Dave Maloney said it during the New York Rangers practice, which was aired on MSG, having these games is good for the teams involved, because it breaks them away from the norm. It gives them a chance to step away from the indoors, and get a nice taste of what it feels like outdoors. If Sunday wasn’t an indicator, then Wednesday sure was due to it being absolutely cold. The cold elements could have played a factor in how these teams played, but they churned on and put on the best performance they possibly could.

Comparing where I sat? Sunday by far was the better seating choice. Sitting high up in section 313 (Wednesday I sat in 108), I got to see the play better, the control of the puck a lot more. I got to see the plays develop, and I got to see Jaromir Jagr undress Henrik Lundqvist. But, hey the Rangers won! That’s what it’s all about, right? No, when you walked into Yankee Stadium, you felt it. You felt the mystique, you felt the magic that Yankee Stadium brings, night in and night out for the Yankees.

The Stadium had enough NHL flair, while still having the entire Yankee Stadium feel. From where I sat, I could see the bullpen, where Mariano Rivera would warm up before coming out in the ninth. I saw Monument Park, where the plaques of Mantle, DiMaggio, and Ruth all stand to commemorate what they’ve done. I saw the scoreboard, which showed the game and stats. Oh yeah, I saw two hockey games there too. It’s just crazy to think about.

By far this was something I would suggest to anyone who loves the sport. The NHL did it right with the first three Stadium Series games. In LA, it was more of a thank you to Wayne Gretzky, who gave the sport life in California. In New York, it was about the teams that played sure, but it was about where the game was being played as well. There is history in this stadium, and history was made this week by having the first two hockey games there.

I think Henrik Lundqvist said it right where he said he’ll never forget these games. He’s so right. Even though obviously I didn’t play I will remember these games because of how hard fought they were. If there was one thing I could say I wasn’t too happy about, it was the entertainment the NHL got, but honestly, who cares? You’re not there watching a concert, you’re watching a hockey game. For Ranger fans, we couldn't ask for two better games.

If the NHL decides to bring back the Stadium Series to New York, the Rangers will be happy to play two again. Of this I'm sure and I’ll be happy to go back and watch.

By: Shawn Taggart

RANGERS CONTINUE THE BEATING INDOORS

A change of scenery for the Rangers, as they returned from the friendly confines of Yankee Stadium after they swept their Stadium Series set against the Islanders and the Devils. The opponent again, was the Islanders, the result was the same. A Rangers victory. This time to a tune of 4-1.

The Bottom Six Continue to Spark
Brian Boyle, Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello. The entire bottom six has continued to chip in and play a hard game night in and night out. These lines were the stars of the Stadium Series games, and tonight was no different. When Brian Boyle made the game 1-0, it was nothing but sheer joy coming out of his face. He felt relieved after deflecting a hard shot from the point by Marc Staal. Boyle has been playing well as of late, I guess you could say it has a lot to do with a certain someone being inserted into the lineup. But, that entire line has raised its game, and it’s a big thank you to Daniel Carcillo.

For the third line, none other than Mats Zuccarello has lead the charge, and has proven himself worthy of a new contract. He started the play that led to the eventual game winning goal by Derick Brassard, who got his ninth of the year. Zuccarello generated that rush, eventually passed it to Marc Staal, and then passed it over to Brassard who had a wide open net. For Zuccarello it’s his fourth point in 3 games, and 8 in his last 10. Zuccarello has been a steal for this team, and has proven that he simply deserves to be in the NHL, as he’s finally got a hold of the ice.

Lundqvist Holding his Own
Lundqvist has risen his game since late December, and has played real well, and shown flashes of his old self. Finally being able to see him hold the team in tight games, and allow the team to come to their own and put enough pucks in the net for them to win games. Lundqvist did just that again, stopping 38 of 39 shots, and really holding the Rangers in the game, when they looked completely lost in the second period.

Lundqvist hasn’t changed his game, but his game has come back to him. Now this team is as dangerous as any in the East, and in the league. It just depends on will he continue to be this hot, or will it start to slow down a bit? Time will tell, but hey there’s nothing wrong with what we’re seeing right now.

The Rangers have a nice three days off before they face the Avalanche on Tuesday at the Garden. And again, I’ll be there with updates and pictures, so make sure you follow @fulltilttaggs on Twitter.

By: Shawn Taggart

CAPTAIN CALLY ERA TO COME TO A CLOSE?


Unthinkable? Unimaginable? These are the words I uttered for the last few weeks whenever someone mentioned the possibility of trading Captain Ryan Callahan. Today, I must bring myself to admit it's a harsh reality.

Last night on Fulltilt Rangers Radio, I informed everyone that the gap between Cally and Sather is over years, not money. The Captain is looking for the same treatment Henrik Lundqvist received. He wants the max of 8 years. Bob McKenzie reported it was 7 but either way it is simply to long for a 20 goal scorer. Sather is thinking long term and is offering 4 years, maybe 5. Callahan and his agent just won't budge.

In our interview with Seth Rothman of Inside Hockey he said "I have a hard time believing they will actually trade him. Do I think contract negotiations are going well? I do not." Seth continued with "the Rangers have to be careful here because you don't want to lose him for nothing." Ultimately, Seth feels Ryan will realize that he is not going to get those years and settle at around six. Seth would not discount the fact that Glen Sather will play hardball and could lead to a trade. 


This situation is slowly becoming the 800 pound gorilla in the room.  Earlier today, Darren Dreger of TSN tweeted that the Rangers and Blues are discussing Chris Stewart.

Start the panic! Chris Stewart is a big boy who is 2 years younger than Ryan Callahan and could replace Callahan's offensive production. What he can't replace are the intangibles that Captain Cally brings. So is there more to this deal? Kevin Shattenkirk maybe? Pure speculation on my part but you have to think of all the possibilities.

The consensus around the league is that the two sides will work it out. Trading your Captain mid-season is a rare occurrence in the NHL. How would that impact the Rangers? Who would be the new Captain? Would you give it to Marc Staal in an effort to ensure he re-signs just like Toronto did with Dion Phaneuf? The chain reaction of a Callahan deal would be an even bigger distraction than this contract negotiation. Let's hope the two sides can come to an agreement before all hell breaks loose in Rangerstown.

UPDATE: 2/7/14
1:00PM - The Olympic trade freeze starts today at 3pm. While I believe there will be trade, Ryan Callahan will not be one of them. This drama will go all the way to March 5th. Here's the latest from around the league.


UPDATE: 2/6/14

1:30 PM - Don't you just love the ups and downs of a good old fashioned drama. On the heels of "his last game" as a NYR tonight versus Edmonton (if you believe the team imposed deadline of tomorrow), Ryan Callahan is not only NOT SCRATCHED, he's on the PP!

Media outlets also report that Cally's agent met with the NYR on Wednesday and will meet again today. Do I think a deal gets done before Friday 3pm? 90% no on a re-sign, 99.9% no on a trade. Good times!

UPDATE: 2/4/14
5:00 PM - Now Darren Dreger and the TSN crew are reporting Callahan has been looking for 7 million. Why can't anyone get this straight? Here's what I know, none of this information is being leaked from Ryan Callahan's side. This is all part of a PR game by the Rangers to A) Get Ryan to the table and Villianize him to look like the bad guy. Oh this is going to be a fun week.

UPDATE: 2/3/14

4:43 PM - As I stated this morning it's quiet and as per Katie Strang of ESPN (and other outlets), Cally's agent will get back to the Rangers this week. It is very likely that nothing will happen before late Thursday or Friday. Matter of fact, I am still of the belief that Friday is just a soft deadline set by the NYR to get Cally to the table. If the decision is to trade Callahan, it will not come until the March deadline. Of course that won't alleviate the worries. Keep coming back and click the #CallyCrisis link above for new updates.

9:00 AM - The quiet before the storm? It appears that the Friday deadline may be a soft one. The two sides are committed to getting this done. However, Sather is holding firm to 5 years. Could it be possible they settle at 6 years? Maybe 5 years with a team's option for a 6th? I don't believe he will be traded this week but I also never thought it would have got to this point either.


UPDATE: 2/2/14

Now the word is that Cally's side is softening on their hard stance of 7 years. There may be hope yet NYR fans.

UPDATE: 2/1/14
The situation appears to have gone from problem to crisis. Glen Sather is dead serious about moving Ryan Callahan by Friday's Olympic Trade Deadline if he and his agent Steve Bartlett do not back off their contract demands. 

Since August, Callahan has stood firm of wanting at least a 7 year contract at 42 million. He and his agent have been pushing for 8 years to start but the Rangers are firm in their stance on a 5 year deal at 30 million. The situation has grown so contentious that the Rangers have leaked information to the media in an effort to get Callahan to the table to no avail.

My source early yesterday said "he's as good as gone." I literally told him that he's crazy. Later in the day word breaks that the NY Rangers have allowed teams to speak with Callahan's agent. I was then informed one of those teams is Columbus. Guess who was at the Garden last night? None other than the President of the Blue Jackets, John Davidson. Yes, I know he was scheduled to be there for Sam Rosen but you have to raise an eyebrow.

Of the teams sniffing around, you need to add St. Louis, Detroit and Tampa Bay to the mix as well. The list is growing and the possibility of a "knock your socks off" trade offer may come. So what will happen? Ryan Callahan said last night that "his heart is here". We all believe him too, but he is going to have to make a decision before Glen makes it for him by Friday. 

What happens next? Your guess is as good as mine. If you listen to my guy prepare for the worst. My take is if he doesn't sign the offer made by Sather, we could be looking at the last days of Captain Cally. Hold on Rangers fans, we are in for a tumultuous week.


Original Post: 1/31/14
Unthinkable? Unimaginable? These are the words I uttered for the last few weeks whenever someone mentioned the possibility of trading Captain Ryan Callahan. Today, I must bring myself to admit it's a harsh reality.

Last night on Fulltilt Rangers Radio, I informed everyone that the gap between Cally and Sather is over years, not money. The Captain is looking for the same treatment Henrik Lundqvist received. He wants the max of 8 years. Bob McKenzie reported it was 7 but either way it is simply to long for a 20 goal scorer. Sather is thinking long term and is offering 4 years, maybe 5. Callahan and his agent just won't budge.

In our interview with Seth Rothman of Inside Hockey he said "I have a hard time believing they will actually trade him. Do I think contract negotiations are going well? I do not." Seth continued with "the Rangers have to be careful here because you don't want to lose him for nothing." Ultimately, Seth feels Ryan will realize that he is not going to get those years and settle at around six. Seth would not discount the fact that Glen Sather will play hardball and could lead to a trade. 


This situation is slowly becoming the 800 pound gorilla in the room.  Earlier today, Darren Dreger of TSN tweeted that the Rangers and Blues are discussing Chris Stewart.



Start the panic! Chris Stewart is a big boy who is 2 years younger than Ryan Callahan and could replace Callahan's offensive production. What he can't replace are the intangibles that Captain Cally brings. Not to mention he is a UFA next off-season. So is there more to this deal? Kevin Shattenkirk maybe? Pure speculation on my part but you have to think there is more to it than just Stewart.

The consensus around the league is that the two sides will work it out. Trading your Captain mid-season is a rare occurrence in the NHL. How would that impact the Rangers? Who would be the new Captain? Would you give it to Marc Staal in an effort to ensure he re-signs just like Toronto did with Dion Phaneuf? The chain reaction of a Callahan deal would be an even bigger distraction than this contract negotiation. Let's hope the two sides can come to an agreement before all hell breaks loose in Rangerstown.


By: Anthony Scultore

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  1. THE ALL NEW FULLTILT RANGERS SITE!
    Monday, March 24, 2014
  2. FULLTILT PROSPECTS REPORT
    Monday, February 10, 2014
  3. CALLAHAN'S REAL VALUE
    Monday, February 10, 2014
  4. RANGERS SLIP ON OIL AND IN TO PITT
    Friday, February 07, 2014
  5. RANGERS LEARNING "THE RIGHT WAY" VIGNEAULT'S WAY
    Wednesday, February 05, 2014
  6. RANGERS MUST BE "AWARE" OF THE AVS
    Tuesday, February 04, 2014
  7. FUTURE RANGER: JESPER FAST
    Sunday, February 02, 2014
  8. YANKEE STADIUM: THE PERFECT PLACE FOR HOCKEY
    Sunday, February 02, 2014
  9. RANGERS CONTINUE THE BEATING INDOORS
    Saturday, February 01, 2014
  10. CAPTAIN CALLY ERA TO COME TO A CLOSE?
    Friday, January 31, 2014

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