Ryan Callahan's agent is Steve Bartlett, who has a history of having client's signed to offer sheets. Back in the summer of 2007 Thomas Vanek was a 23 year old restricted free agent who received an offer sheet from the Edmonton Oilers - the contract was an incredible 7 year deal worth $50M. The Buffalo Sabres quickly matched.
Now four years later, Ryan Callahan is a restricted free agent and in the running to be the next New York Rangers captain after yesterday's buyout of Chris Drury. Could a team swoop in and sign Callahan to an offer sheet similar to the way the Oilers signed Vanek back in 2007?
According to The Sporting News:
The Rangers and Callahan have had ongoing contract negotiations that Bartlett described as friendly and “somewhat productive.” But there’s a gap. “We’re still a ways apart. I don’t think anything is going to happen over the next few days. We’ll see what July 1 brings in terms of what the marketplace holds for him,” Bartlett said. Callahan, 26, would be an ideal candidate for an offer sheet considering his wide range of skills to go with his leadership abilities. He’s a future Rangers captain if somebody doesn’t grab him first. “I think a guy like Callahan would be a real attractive target with his age,” Bartlett said.
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