Ryan Callahan and the New York Rangers have made no progress in their ongoing contract negotiations. With the NHL roster freeze going into effect today, that will leave the two sides all of 10 days to negotiate and iron out a deal at the end of the month—or for general manager Glen Sather to find a trade partner.
Told, a) no progress toward resolving negotiating impasse between NYR and Callahan; and, b) little chance of trade before tomorrow’s freeze.
— Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) February 6, 2014
No trade happened today, so that means New York won’t have a whole lot of time to work with once the season gets rolling again at the end of the month. Larry Brooks of The New York Post wrote that Callahan’s asking price is not only too high for the Rangers, but also too high for every other team in the NHL.
Per his report:
Callahan’s asking price of seven years for upward of $6.5 million per year is known around the league, so the pool of clubs interested in trading for the right winger has been narrowed to those pursuing a rental for the remainder of the season.
Rental players can fetch a fine return, but not as much as a player with an extended contract. It’ll be interesting to see how the market sets itself. Thomas Vanek and Matt Moulson are believed to be available, and whoever ends up getting traded first could set the price for the rest of the market that will surely follow.