If the Rangers decide to allow Ryan Callahan to test free agency this offseason there will be plenty of suitors for the captain's services.
According to Howard Simon at WGR 550 in Buffalo, one of those teams could be the Sabres.
Simon adds that the Rochester native Callahan brings the work ethic and passion for the game the Sabres are seeking.
He does caution that Callahan has a tendency to be injury prone.
The Sabres will have plenty of money to spend this offseason as they'll be $40 million under the cap.
Meanwhile, Larry Brooks at the New York Post feels that if the Rangers aren’t able to sign Callahan and Dan Girardi to extensions before the March 5 deadline, the team must be willing to trade both as rental properties in exchange for draft picks and prospects.
…with Lundqvist locked up long term, Rangers fans' sense of panic can now be squarely focused on the possibility of Callahan wearing a different sweater next season.
…obviously, I have no idea what Callahan's thinking would be if he ends up on the open market, but you have to assume his close to hometown Sabres will be on his short list. Always tough to turn down an opportunity to play in front of friends and family. Although, I'm not sure all the losing Callahan will likely endure in upstate New York would be worth it.
…and if you're the Sabres, who will be looking to rebuild this summer, bringing a player with Callahan's leadership and commitment is probably a great place to start. I did, however, find it interesting to see Simon mention Callahan's injury issues, which are obviously no secret and could hamper his ability to obtain a long term contract from the Rangers or other potential solicitors.
…at the end of the day, similar to Lundqvist, an extension to bring back Callahan will be done before the end of the season with the Rangers, again, likely overpaying the team's heart and soul in money and years. Girardi? I'm no so sure it's a slam dunk that he'll be back next season.
Pat Leonard at the Daily News noted that Callahan was spotted at the Rangers practice facility on crutches yesterday as he continues his recovery from a second-degree sprain of the MCL that'll keep him out 4-6 weeks.