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by Paul on 03/04/14 at 10:46 PM ET
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
So the hours leading up to the 3 p.m. trade deadline Wednesday are largely an exercise in blinking — or not — for the Rangers and Ryan Callahan, who may be closer than they were a week ago regarding a contract extension but were not materially closer to striking a deal Tuesday night than they were Tuesday morning, sources report.
Callahan, having reduced his original ask of seven years at more than $48 million, was still at six years and approximately $39 million while the Rangers, having previously upped their bid from five years at $30 million, were adamant about not increasing the six-year, $36 million offer recently put on the table to their captain.
While the difference has been narrowed to approximately $500,000 per for six years and leaves open the “split the difference” scenario, both sides believe they have compromised significantly enough not to yield further.
So as the Blueshirts prepare for Wednesday’s match at the Garden against the Maple Leafs, their captain will be preoccupied with his status while general manager Glen Sather works on a dual track of negotiating with Callahan’s agent and with clubs interested in getting No. 24 in a trade.
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