Only One Team Calls Callahan; Sabres Willing to Meet His Contract Demands

According to Pat Leonard at the Daily News, only one of the teams that the Rangers had granted permission to discuss contract extension details with Ryan Callahan had phoned his agent as of Saturday.

Leonard adds that the team is unknown, however, it is not the Columbus Blue Jackets who are reportedly interested in the Rangers captain.

Meanwhile, Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that the Buffalo Sabres are willing to meet Callahan's contract demands of seven-years, $42 million this offseason, but aren't interested in giving up assets to obtain him before the trade deadline.

Brooks adds that Buffalo would also make Callahan their team captain.

There is some discrepancy regarding Glen Sather's "deadline" to sign Callahan before he decides to trade the 28-year old. Brooks continues to report the Rangers want to get this done before the Friday 3pm Olympic roster freeze, however, Callahan's agent Steve Bartlett told Leonard that he's not aware of a hard deadline from the Blueshirts.

…welp, if Brooks' report is true, the Sabres just gave Callahan the upper hand in negotiations. No way Callahan is going to agree to the Rangers five-year offer, when he'll have a seven-year deal from his default hometown team waiting for him this summer.

…the ball is now in Sather's court. If he can't convince Callahan that Buffalo is a dreary, depressing city where no one wants to live, while the Rangers are on the precipice of a Stanley Cup, he'll have two choices: trade the captain or cave to his demands. I can't believe I'm saying this, but it seems more and more likely that Ryan Callahan will not be a Ranger when the puck drops on the 2014-15 season.

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