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Contract issues loom as Blueshirts struggle with changes
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12-15-2013, 09:05 AM
HOPE & CHANGE
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: New York
If you are Callahan and you saw what Clarkson got from Toronto and what Edmonton offered him,you wouldn't would ask for the same term and more money?
The Oilers were putting the full-court press on the tough, free-agent winger, reportedly offering seven years and $6 million a season–salary and term, the magic two words for any player — but Clarkson left money on the table to sign with the Maple Leafs for the same seven years but a $5.25 million cap hit. The pull to play for the team he was in love with when he was in grade school was too much.
The MAX term as a free agent is 7 years. Clarkson had teams offering him 7 years in a year with the cap going down. The cap is going up. Callahan will command 7 years as a free agent. That ties him up to 36 years old. Its his last big contract. That's why Callahan told Brooks this two weeks ago.
“There’s absolutely nothing going on with that,” Callahan told The Post before Monday night’s 5-2 defeat to the Jets at the Garden when asked about the status of negotiations.
The career Ranger, who will turn 29 in March, will be courted by a substantial number of clubs if he hits the open market. The Rochester, N.Y., native is expected to be a primary target of the Sabres.
“It’s something that will take care of itself,” Callahan said when asked if he is bothered by the lack of progress toward an extension.
“I’ll play this year and see what happens after that.”
That is something the Rangers CAN NOT let happen.
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