NEW YORK -- With less than a day until the Olympic roster freeze goes into effect at 3 p.m. on Friday, Ryan Callahan's future with the Rangers remains unclear with all signs indicating that the situation will go unresolved heading into the Olympic break.
Multiple sources told ESPNNewYork.com Thursday night that there have been no significant developments towards reaching a contract extension. And though the Rangers have been exploring the trade market for their 28-year-old captain in the event of an impasse, it does not look likely that he will be dealt before the freeze.
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Of course, that could change with one call, but this stalemate seems destined to stretch until the actual NHL trade deadline March 5.
The two sides have yet to come to terms on an agreement, with the Rangers offering Callahan a five-year deal worth $30 million and Callahan's camp reportedly seeking a seven-year pact worth between $6.5 and $7 million a year.
Last week, the Rangers granted multiple teams permission to speak with Callahan's agent, Steve Bartlett, about his client though it is not believed to have prompted any substantive discussions.
In fact, there seems to still be a fair amount of doubt among those around the league that the Rangers will actually move Callahan, despite all of the trade talk.
Friday's roster freeze has yet to yield much in terms of movement with only one minor swap -- the Islanders sending Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Peter Regin to Chicago for a fourth-round draft pick -- taking place Thursday night.