Contract talks between the New York Rangers and captain Ryan Callahan could be picking up as the NHL's trade deadline draws closer.
TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie tweeted Monday morning that Callahan - who is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, is now open to a six-year contract at less than $7 million per season. TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun added that his asking price on his average annual salary is less than $6.5 million.
That's down from Callahan's initial demand of a seven-year deal worth at least $7 million per season. The Rangers' initial offer to Callahan was a six-year contract worth $6 million per season and the club - according to LeBrun - is holding firm on it.
In 45 games with the Rangers this season, Callahan has scored 11 goals and 14 assists.
Callahan, 28, is in his eighth NHL season, all with the Rangers. Callahan is a three-time 20-goal scorer with a career-high 29 in 2011-12 when he also set a personal best in points with 61. He has scored 132 goals and 122 assists in 450 career games.