The challenges in a Callahan deal

There have been no developments since the Rangers allowed Callahan to explore his options. AP Photo/Winslow Townson

New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan is doing his best to make sure this doesn’t become a distraction. On Friday, he made it clear that despite reports that the Rangers along with his agent were potentially shopping him elsewhere, New York was where his heart remains. On Saturday, he respectfully shut down further lines of trade questioning, telling colleague Katie Strang: “I’m not going to talk about that stuff now. I don’t think it’s productive to the process, the negotiations or anything.”

In an email Sunday, Callahan’s agent Steve Bartlett confirmed that nothing had changed on the Callahan front since news emerged over the weekend that his camp had been granted permission to speak to other teams about a contract for the 28-year-old winger.

“Status quo,” Bartlett wrote.

The move to allow dialogue between Bartlett and other teams is one that comes with risk for the Rangers and GM Glen Sather. If teams that might have been interested in trading for him sour at the potential price tag, that could eliminate one possible trade partner the Rangers would have had otherwise.

And if it’s strictly a negotiating ploy by the Rangers to lower the asking price, there’s risk there too.