NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 27: Ryan Callahan #24 of the New York Rangers skates in an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Madison Square Garden on February 27, 2014 in New York City. Rangers won 2-1. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Report: Callahan lowers contract demands, sizable gap remains


With the 2013-14 trade deadline just two days away, the New York Rangers’ contract negotiations with captain Ryan Callahan have shown the first outward sign of progress in quite some time.

Callahan had been demanding a contract in the ballpark of seven years, $49 million and the Rangers had balked at that. The negotiations consequently seemed to be going nowhere fast and the chances of them trading him were reportedly at “99 percent.”

Now he’s willing to accept a six-year offer with an average annual salary in the range of $6.5 million to $6.75 million, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

That’s a meaningful concession given that the previous seven-year length was one of the Rangers’ major issues because they’re concerned about the 28-year-old’s durability.

The two sides still have a large gap to overcome as the Rangers don’t want to go over a $6 million annual salary for Callahan, but now there’s a glimmer of hope.

‘Yotes return Dylan Strome to OHL

Dylan Strome, Nikita Nikitin
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The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.

Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.

The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.

Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.

Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.

The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.

Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.

Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.


Detroit places Datsyuk and three others on I.R.

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The Red Wings have placed Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm, Danny DeKeyser and Alexey Marchenko on injured reserve.

Placing these players on I.R. opens up four more roster spots for Detroit.

The Red Wings have suffered an incredibe amount of injuries heading into the season.

Datsyuk (ankle) is expected to be out until November.

DeKeyser (foot) is going to miss three-to-four weeks, while Helm (concussion) and Marchenko (lower-body) are considered day-to-day.

The team also announced that they have reduced their training camp roster to 27 players on Sunday.

Top prospect Dylan Larkin remains in camp for now.

Coach Jeff Blashill told reporters that the 19-year-old has looked good, but a final decision hasn’t been made on where he will play this year.

As for Larkin, he’s just fed up of living in a hotel.

“There’s been so much speculation and so many questions, and no one really knows,” said Larkin. “Maybe the coaches know, but just to find out where I’ll be living or what’s happening — I’m kind of sick of the hotel. It would be nice to know what’s going on.”