Pat Leonard at the Daily News reports that Ryan Callahan will spend some one-on-one time with his agent during the Winter Olympics in Sochi to discuss where they stand in the negotiations with the Rangers.
Leonard adds that despite the Olympic roster freeze that began yesterday at 3pm, Glen Sather is allowed to continue talking with NHL teams and player agents and even is permitted to re-sign players during that time period.
…what I've found very interesting the last few days is that more and more Rangers fans seem willing to risk losing Callahan for nothing this offseason, in return for keeping him around for a potential Stanley Cup run this Spring.
…and with Callahan's trade value not where Sather wants it, along with the captain remaining steadfast on his seven-year, $47 million demands, it might be the Ranger GM's best option.
Meanwhile, Darren Dreger at TSN says that as long as Dan Girardi isn't focused on testing the free agent market, there is a deal to be made with the Rangers.
However, he does warn that if Callahan and/or Girardi are interested in making it to the start of free agency on July 1st they both could be traded.
…i absolutely wouldn't be shocked if the Rangers and Girardi are able to agree on an extension during the Olympic break. His demands are much lower than Callahan's so you have to figure the numbers aren't that far apart between the two sides.
Finally, Leonard notes that there's a chance Anton Stralman's agent and the Rangers could begin talking contract extension during the Olympic break.
…with the way the defense has gelled since the trade for Klein, I'd definitely be open to a Stralman return. He'll obviously be looking for a raise on his current $1.7M per salary, but I'd be cool with a two-year, $2.5 million per deal.
Alain Vigneault discussed the roster decisions still hanging over the Rangers head before last night's game (via Bergen Record)…
“We’ve got certain decisions to make on people within our lineup, as everybody has been talking about,” Vigneault said. “Hopefully, once that’s cleared, we’ll have our team like everyone else and we’ll strive to make that final push.
“Glen and I discuss our team and our team dynamics on a daily basis,” Vigneault added. “This year, obviously with Hank’s situation and obviously our captain and Dan, the dynamics have been a little bit different, but hopefully everything is going to work out.”