Though the Rangers and Ryan Callahan’s camp continued to talk Tuesday, there is no deal imminent for the 28-year-old captain with less than a day remaining before the NHL’s trade deadline Wednesday at 3 p.m.
The two parties have both compromised from their initial stances on the length of a potential deal, meeting in the middle on a six-year term, but they are still working to bridge the gap on actual dollars.
As of Monday, the Rangers were believed to be offering an average annual salary of $6 million, while Callahan’s reps were reportedly seeking between $6.25 and $6.5 million per year, and though the two sides continued to work at a new deal on Tuesday, nothing immediate was on the horizon as of Tuesday afternoon.
Of course, that could all change with one call.
At this point, it seems hard to imagine that the two sides will not be able to hammer something out that would keep the heart-and-soul winger on Broadway, where Callahan has spent the entirety of his NHL career.
After Sunday’s 6-3 loss to the Bruins, Callahan said his heart remains in New York and that his preference to say, but GM Glen Sather has been firm in his commitment to trade the player if he can’t get him under contract.
And though it seems silly that the two sides might squabble over the remaining differences, weirder things have happened.
Already approaching this deadline, in fact.
In one of the most frenzied pre-deadline deadline days in recent history, a flurry of moves were made on Tuesday including the stunner that sent Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo to Florida. Luongo has long been seeking a trade out of Vancouver.
Though the Rangers expressed interest in Vancouver's Ryan Kesler, a source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com that Kesler would not waive his no-trade clause to come to New York.