Morning Rumors: Vanek, Callahan, Girardi, Stuart, Scouting the Oilers-Sabres, Hawks-Kings … And A Dreger Video

  • Chris Nichols: Thomas Vanek’s agent: “I understand we’re getting close to the time where Garth may feel he needs to act.”
  • Dennis Bernstein: Vanek would be a costly rental and his salary cap number doesn’t really work for the Kings.
  • Jason Brough: Vanek to the Kings makes sense. Brough is not sure though what the Kings would, or could, give up for Vanek though.
  • Chris Botta: The Islanders may have to consider benching Vanek until a trade is made, and to get it done before the Olympics. He’s a player that doesn’t need to be showcased.
  • Katie Strang: Vanek has never had the opportunity to test the free agent market. Hard to blame him for wanting have the opportunity too.
  • Katie Strang of ESPN: Ryan Callahan is reportedly looking for a seven-year deal in the $42 million range, and the Rangers reportedly offered a five-year deal worth $30 million.

    “I’m going to circle back with the Rangers this week,” Callahan’s agent Steve Bartlett told when reached by phone Monday morning.

    The Rangers gave them permission to talk with multiple teams, but there has been “Nothing in the last couple of days,” he said.

    Bartlett plans to talk with Callahan on Tuesday. The Rangers have three games before the Olympic break and head coach Alain Vigneault expects him to be in the lineup Tuesday.

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: “Status quo” from Ryan Callahan’s agent. One source on Callahan’s asking price: “On the open market, he’ll get it.”
  • Custance on the Rangers allowing Callahan’s agent to talk to teams,

    The move to allow dialogue between Bartlett and other teams is one that comes with risk for the Rangers and GM Glen Sather. If teams that might have been interested in trading for him sour at the potential price tag, that could eliminate one possible trade partner the Rangers would have had otherwise.

    And if it’s strictly a negotiating ploy by the Rangers to lower the asking price, there’s risk there too. Pierre LeBrun reported that Callahan’s camp is seeking a seven-year deal worth $6 million per season. It’s a steep price for a winger with a history of injuries and a skill set that typically doesn’t age well. Even so, with a rising salary cap and talent at a premium, the expectation is that it’s a contract demand in line with what he could land.

    Callahan’s talks with the Rangers have stalled. Dan Girardi’s camp may be looking at the open market this summer.

    One veteran agent:

    “You have to consider cost of living in New York — 55 percent of every dollar isn’t theirs.”

    “You pay strangers and then ask family to take less,” said the agent. “It’s not acceptable.”

  • Dan Rosen: “Re. Callahan, I get the point of getting assets in a trade if NYR won’t sign him, but trading him would be a gutpunch to an improving team.”
  • Gary Lawless: Jets pending UFA defenseman Mark Stuart said he wants to stay with the team beyond trade deadline day and into the future.
  • Mike Harrington: Scouting the Oilers – Sabres: Red Wings, Canadiens, Blackhawks, Flyers, Avalanche, Bruins, Penguins, Ducks, Jets, Blues, Sharks, Predators, Stars and Maple Leafs.
  • Dennis Bernstein: Non-regular scouts at the Blackhawks – Kings game: Lightning, Stars, Jets, Hurricanes and Wild.

Darren Dreger on NHL Live: Vanek, Kings, Stamkos, Callahan and Girardi


  1. *

    02/04/2014 at 10:41 am

    • Callahan wants $42MM.
    • Callahan’s agent thinks he could get it on the open market.
    • Rangers offered a $6MM AAV contract to a guy who has put up 50+ points in a season once, and is on pace for ~30 this season, and has never scored 30 goals.

    Who is more heavy on the LSD here? Good lord.

  2. Chris

    02/04/2014 at 12:01 pm

    That’s the way the NHL is going. David Clarkson and Dion Phaneuf are overpaid in 2014. In 2017, it’s very possible that 5 mil will be the average salary for a 3rd liner or a #4 d man and those salaries will be considered above average. This is why the Habs are in such a bind. PK Subban will ask for, and get, more than 8 mil per season from somebody and in three or four years that may be a bargain.

  3. *

    02/04/2014 at 1:03 pm

    Clarkson is overpaid as things currently stand, but saying Dion Phaneuf will be overpaid is a little bit silly. 22 points, +18 against other teams’ top lines, all on a team that gives up a lot of goals? How under-appreciated Leaf fans are of him is humorous.

  4. Nate

    02/04/2014 at 2:23 pm

    Callahan wanting $6 million a year disgusts me. He hasn’t produced much this year. Yes he provides spark, but that salary figure is for goal scorers which he is not. He is maybe worth $4.5 million a year, $5 million at max.

  5. Chris

    02/04/2014 at 3:35 pm

    * I thought I was in the minority in thinking that Phaneuf is not currently overpaid but appartently you share my opinion. I’m commenting on the general consensus. I agree though, Phaneuf is doing everything a top 2 d man is supposed to do. He plays against the other team’s top lines. Plays on the PP, PK and between 25 and 30 minutes per night while putting up good offensive numbers. Erik Karlson has never killed a penalty in his life by comparison.

    I’m of course making a generalization. I actually think Clarkson is just having a bad year. Compared with his past few years this one is a disaster and I think it’s going to be an exception. If Clarkson ca be a 20-25 goal winger who plays with an edge, his salary will be considered average for a 3rd liner within 3 years

  6. ryan

    02/04/2014 at 6:33 pm

    I have to say that I would give Saither a lot of credit if you didn’t over pay Callahan, even though trading him would probably put this team on the bubble or out of the playoff race without him.

    He’s a quality player, but 50 pts per season and good defensive play is only worth about what he is making now if you ask me. Wouldn’t budge on term and certainly wouldn’t go higher than 5.5 mil per season… especially with guys like Nash, Richards and Lundqvist all making north of 7 mil per season.

  7. ryan

    02/04/2014 at 6:38 pm

    Personally, mostly because I don’t like the self-evaluation, I hope he goes to test the open market and the NYR withdraw their offer, but ultimately Ryan comes crawling back and has to accept a deal for less than what NYR has already offered.

  8. Tuffguy

    02/05/2014 at 12:12 am

    Well for right now Phaneuf’s contract is high. But think about it like this: teams are forced to overpay for players in the short run to get them on bargains in the long run. When the cap is 64mil Phaneuf’s contract takes up a good portion of that. If the cap goes up to 70 next year it’s still over 10% of the total cap space. But in five years when the cap is 85, 90, 100 million? That’s a bargain.
    I don’t like the way the cap works right now. I wish players would get a percentage out of whatever the total salary value is. In other words, Phaneuf’s cap hit would be over 10% right now, but in five years could be down to 7 or 8%. If you assigned a player’s wage based on the percentage system though, you could give Phaneuf 8% of the total cap hit. So for these next couple years he would make less money, but in the long run he would be making more money. Thus, as the league makes more money and the salary cap increases, so do players wages.

  9. Landon

    02/05/2014 at 2:48 am

    Callahan’s asking price may seem a little high considering he hasn’t had much production all year, but not everything is about putting up points. Callahan exemplifies great penalty killing, you can use him on the PP, and he’s a fantastic 2 way, hard hitting, even strength player. Not to mention he’s a phenomenal leader. Players you can compare him too are Dustin Brown and David Backes. Brown is making 5.875M next year!!! I’m sorry but in my mind, Callahan is a lot more effective than brown and they’ll be making around same wage. Backes on the other hand is making 4.5M for the next 3 years but you can guarantee he’ll be making anywhere from 5.5-7M after that contract expires. Points are nice to have, but its also nice to have a solid backbone piece to your team.

  10. Tuffguy

    02/05/2014 at 1:36 pm

    Backes puts up more points than Callahan. Brown is the team captain, and he’s not on a great contract. Look at comparable salaries (Sharp, Staal, Lucic, Eberle, St Louis, Zetterberg, just to show some players of similar age and others a couple years older, who should be payed higher) most of those players are better, not so much that Brown’s contract is really bad, it’s just not very good. You know who else is great on the PK? Read, McClement, Adam Hall, Ryan White, Stempniak? Callahan is sixth is most time on ice short handed on the rangers alone. How about 5.5 for Callahan? He’s asking 6.5-7, which is stupid.