Jan 4, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers forward Ryan Callahan (24) before the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Trade Rumors: New York Rangers give Ryan Callahan's agent permission to talk with other teams

The New York Rangers seem at peace with the idea of losing Ryan Callahan in a trade, and proof of that is seen in a report by ESPN that states Callahan’s agent has permission to talk with other teams. This means that Callahan, who is a free agent at the end of the season, can work out a long term deal with a team before a trade is made, thus making it easier to facilitate a swap.

ESPN’s report comes on the heels of Callahan telling the New York media that his heart is still with the Rangers and their fans, but the reality of the situation is his body and mind may be elsewhere every soon.

When it comes to trade speculation about Callahan, all signs are starting to point to St. Louis where the Blues seem willing to make a deal to land the Rangers captain. The main hangup in any trade involving Callahan though will be the fact that he reportedly wants a $42 million extension from whoever will give it to him.

The Rangers seem unlikely to have that kind of spending money in the offseason which means another team will pick up the tab and acquire Callahan. The only question is will that acquisition come via trade or when Callahan hits the market in the summer?

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