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05-26-2011, 06:43 PM
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Having hands of stone doesn't make him a bad player. It just limits what he can do.

I wish we could surgically transfer Wolski's hands to Callahan. He'd be a right-handed (or would he become left handed) version of Parise.
Cally doesn't have silk hands by any stretch of the imagination, but Brandon Prust has stone hands. Callahan does not.

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Cally doesn't have silk hands by any stretch of the imagination, but Brandon Prust has stone hands. Callahan does not.
He certainly has his moments of "stone hands". Ever watch him try and lead a rush? Horrifying.

You want hands that are almost legitimate stone, look no further than Higgins circa 2009.

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He's 5'11" and weighs 185 lbs., yet he plays the game like he was a foot taller and weighed 100 lbs. more.

He's not afraid to sacrifice his body and when he goes in for a hit, I still can't believe that he's capable of laying one in that massive.

If he were capable of banking in at least 30% of his breakaway chances, $4 million a year would be the lowest he'd be offered.

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You want hands that are almost legitimate stone, look no further than Higgins circa 2009.
Higgins was just snakebit during his brief time with the Rangers, that's all... He's a decent puckhandler. Jed Ortmeyer would be a better example of "stone hands".

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05-26-2011, 08:05 PM
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Having hands of stone doesn't make him a bad player. It just limits what he can do.

I wish we could surgically transfer Wolski's hands to Callahan. He'd be a right-handed (or would he become left handed) version of Parise.
I'm glad i'm not the only one who draws a parallel between him and Parise (i know their numbers are far apart, i just meant work ethic and favorite of the fanbase)

In the beginning of the season I'd have trouble arguing with the notion that Cally isn't the best puckhandler/shooter, but ever since he came back from that hand injury, his hands looked outstanding. We've seen flashes of brilliance, but I wonder if some sort of hand rehabilitation helped his skill game become more consistent. If he plays even 70 games next season the way he played in the rear stretch, i can see him breaking 60 points. Close to 80 games, and, well I wouldn't be surprised to see him as our point leader.

Though I'd like that to be Gaborik.

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05-26-2011, 08:13 PM
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I'm in the minority that thinks Dubi should be captain. He just has that captain swag
I wouldn't want to see Duby as Captain for one reason only. Too much pressure on him. When Callahan and Gaborik were injured, Duby felt a lot of pressure to perform and tried to do too much and failed at it.

I love Duby, don't get me wrong, but i think if he got the Captain role, it would **** up his mindset as he would feel too much pressure and try to do too much. he wouldn't perform the same is all. I could be wrong, but that's just my 2 cents from what I know about Duby

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05-26-2011, 08:31 PM
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Callahan is arbitration eligible this summer and is eligible for group III next summer. Look around the NHL at comparables. Those group III years are worth $4M plus.

Tuomo Ruutu signed a 3 year deal worth $11.4M

$3M
$4M
$4.4M

First season was an arbitration year. Last two including next season are group III years.

Even Okposo has a group III year worth $4.5M
Just wanted to say, I'm not a Rangers fan but I've glanced over this board a few times (particularly re: potential contract info) and have found your posts especially informative. It's a shame some of the other Rangers fans don't pay anywhere near enough attention to your educated posts.

As for Callahan, perhaps something along the lines of:

2011-2012/Remaining Group II Yr (Age 26): $3M
'12-'13/Group III (27): $4M
'13-'14/Group III (28): $4.25M
'14-'15/Group III (29): $4.25M

Which ends up being 4 years, $15.5M, $3.875M cap hit, which is sounds right for a player of Callahan's caliber. And Callahan is potentially able to hit the FA market at the age of 30.

Perhaps the Rangers are looking for an additional year to that term, in which case the cap hit rises as another year of Group III (unrestricted) free agency is bought.

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05-26-2011, 08:32 PM
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Just wanted to say, I'm not a Rangers fan but I've glanced over this board a few times (particularly re: potential contract info) and have found your posts especially informative. It's a shame some of the other Rangers fans don't pay anywhere near enough attention to your educated posts.

As for Callahan, perhaps something along the lines of:

2011-2012/Remaining Group II Yr (Age 26): $3M
'12-'13/Group III (27): $4M
'13-'14/Group III (28): $4.25M
'14-'15/Group III (29): $4.25M

Which ends up being 4 years, $15.5M, $3.875M cap hit, which is sounds right for a player of Callahan's caliber. And Callahan is potentially able to hit the FA market at the age of 30.

Perhaps the Rangers are looking for an additional year to that term, in which case the cap hit rises as another year of Group III (unrestricted) free agency is bought.
You don't visit often enough, then.

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05-26-2011, 08:38 PM
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I don't think Callahan's hands are bad at all. He isn't flashy by any stretch, but he's not devoid of skill.

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05-26-2011, 09:42 PM
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I don't think Callahan's hands are bad at all. He isn't flashy by any stretch, but he's not devoid of skill.
Could Cally be what happens when you mix Prust and Dubi?

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Callahan must sporadically tweak his wrists throughout the year or something, because he goes from being one of the most takeaway-prone players on the ice, to completely burning other teams' defensemen without a problem.

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Could Cally be what happens when you mix Prust and Dubi?
He's a Terminator. When he thinks of shot blocking, it's "Get Down".


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05-26-2011, 11:48 PM
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Higgins was just snakebit during his brief time with the Rangers, that's all... He's a decent puckhandler. Jed Ortmeyer would be a better example of "stone hands".
Higgins probably hit about 20 posts and crossbars in his short stint here.

Ryan Hollweg was hands of stone.

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05-27-2011, 12:40 AM
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I still can't believe that he's capable of laying one in that massive[/COLOR].\.


Sorry I just had to laugh very loudly at this (and wake up my two year old! LOL

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Higgins probably hit about 20 posts and crossbars in his short stint here.

Ryan Hollweg was hands of stone.
VERY true. Higgins had chance after chance after chance. Just clanked the crossbar/post or shot wide/or had an unbelievable save made on his shot.

Higgins is the MOST UNLUCKY SOB OUT THERE

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Callahan is one of seven restricted free agents from this season's Rangers, one of the reasons - as well as their desire to upgrade a team that finished eighth in the Eastern Conference - that the $3.3 million savings on Drury's buyout looms so large. Thursday, agent Steve Bartlett told The News that Callahan's contract talks are "just beginning," and Callahan said after the season that he did not expect negotiations to be difficult.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/ho...#ixzz1Orx1OBti

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How does Callahan have "hands of stone?" He could be a 30 goal scorer in the NHL. Guys with hands of stone don't score 30 goals anywhere.

And some guys are puck carriers some are not, doesn't mean they have "hands of stone."

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Cally does not have hands of stones, but he certainly has blinders on at times.

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Well if he didn't then he'd be almost an elite player...

Callahan continues to surprise me. He'll never be a finesse scoring type but he's getting more mileage out of his style of play than I thought he would. At this point I'm just worried his body can't take it

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Cally does not have hands of stones, but he certainly has blinders on at times.
What's this now? How so?

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Well if he didn't then he'd be almost an elite player...

Callahan continues to surprise me. He'll never be a finesse scoring type but he's getting more mileage out of his style of play than I thought he would. At this point I'm just worried his body can't take it
I agree with this. The shot blocking is nice, but he needs to be more careful. With the way he plays he doesn't need the extra bumps and bruises, let alone breaks.

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Well, hey. Adam Graves was not the most skilled player on the ice, either.

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Any idea what numbers are being thrown around?

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If Callahan is being considered the captain;hopefully we can use that to our advantage to get a more cap friendly deal in place

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