The potential free agent class of 2014 is being whittled down one by one — a Joe Pavelski here a Jay Bouwmeester there contract extensions for essential players everywhere.
Except in New York where the Rangers have been curiously reluctant to engage in negotiations with Henrik Lundqvist Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi all of whom can go free (alternate meaning) next summer.
Understand it’s not as if negotiations with any or all of the Big Three have hit snags. Fact is Slap Shots has been told negotiations have yet to even begin with the franchise goaltender the captain or the first-pair right-side defenseman.
Why? Who knows? General manager Glen Sather’s email response to Slaps Shots this week when asked about the status of negotiations was “We will be talking.”
There is much time to talk that much is true. There is no impending deadline. Fact is the Rangers have until late next June to keep Lundqvist Callahan and Girardi off the open market.
But there is nothing to be gained by ...