Obviously we all know the return for sending Ryan Callahan (and whatever other parts are needed) to the Lightning would be Martin St. Louis. But what if that trade doesn't materialize? What exactly is Glen Sather looking for from the rest of the NHL in return for his captain?
According to Larry Brooks at the New York Post, the Rangers GM is hoping to get at least one NHL player and one prospect or high draft pick in exchange for Callahan.
Brooks reiterates the two side remain two-years and almost $20 million apart and Sather is more than willing to trade his captain if he can't get him re-signed by the March 5th trade deadline.
Brooks also notes that widespread belief is that the Sabres would meet Callahan's seven year, $47 million demand on the open market this summer.
...Sather is in a very advantageous position with Steve Yzerman and the Lightning. St. Louis has basically forced Tampa's hand using the Rick Nash "you better find a way to get me to New York" playbook. I have all the faith in the world that Sather sees this weakness and will attempt to exploit it. So don't expect him to overpay (ie including Miller).
...also keep in mind that just because St. Louis wants to be traded to the Rangers doesn't mean Yzerman will accommodate him. While it's not ideal to have a disgruntled captain leading your team into a playoff race, it's not like St. Louis is a guy who would lay down.
...as far as Sather's asking price for Callahan, that's not a bad haul for a player who will essentially be a rental.
...i also think having the Sabres in his back pocket has been a detriment to Callahan in these contract negotiations. It has kept him from moving off his price point and could ultimately cost him his job as the captain of the New York Rangers.
Meanwhile, Brooks reports that the Rangers have closed in on Girardi’s original asking price of six years at approximately $5.5 million per. However, Brooks isn't 100% confident that those terms are still acceptable to Girardi and wonders if the Rangers defenseman along with his good friend Callahan might pull a Parise/Suter job on the open market this summer.
And of course, what would a Callahan/Girardi rumor post be without Boomer Esiason sending Rangers Nation into a panic as he sent out this tweet last night...
Sami Vatanen— Boomer Esiason (@7BOOMERESIASON) February 27, 2014
Who is Sami Vatanen, you say? He's one of the Anaheim Ducks top defensive prospects, who has been linked to the Rangers in a possible deal for, you guessed it, Girardi.
After Boomer tweeted this out, I responded to a reader that "I'd assume" a first round pick would also be coming to the Rangers along with Vatanen for Girardi. To which Boomer responded "stop assuming."
...Boomer has proved to be very credible when it comes to these rumors, so I feel confident saying it's a real possibility that Girardi could be on his way out of New York along with Callahan.
...now that I basically have both Callahan and Girardi wearing other teams' jerseys, expect them both to be re-signed by the end of the week.
And if all of this isn't crazy enough, Louis Jean at TVA Sports reports that Ryan Kesler requested a trade at the beginning of the season and wants out of Vancouver. Jean adds that the Canucks don't want to trade him, but they might have no choice.
A monkey wrench in any attempt to move Kesler is that he might have broken his hand in the Olympics.
Bob McKenzie at TSN wonders if the Rangers would give up Derek Stepan for Kesler.
...wait? So now McKenzie and the TSN crew have the Rangers possibly trading Callahan, Girardi and Stepan? When is the trade deadline over?
...if healthy, I might actually want Kesler over St. Louis. He's younger (29), cheaper ($5M per) and his contract is longer (ends in 2015). Plus he's American. Can you say Cally for Kesler? I wonder how the coaches would feel about this one?
...tonight's game can't come soon enough.
Lol if were up to the majority of the people here, we wouldn't even have a team. You guys would just be bringing people off the street and slapping some skates on 'em. Under perform for a few games?! Trade him he's a bum! You signed a contract how come you haven't scored 50goals yet?! What a joke.
HA...this situation has people screaming at each other, calling names, citing their credentials, bragging about their incomes, or their connections to professional sports. Holy Crap...this is Ryan (whatthefuckhaveyoudone) Callahan! LOL...Lord...you'd think we were talking about Messier, or Leetch! I say get him the hell out of here just so we can move on and all get along again...and send Step with him. Meanwhile, I'll throw a kiss at Nash and he can retire with another concussion and then we can all start over. All I know is that ONE cup every 75 years sucks...and Sather has been terrible. NO MORE OVERPAYING. I'm tired of watching FAT teams in NY. Give me a young, lean, mean, cheap team....what??....they couldn't be AVERAGE too????...or win one Cup every 75 years???
you know what, i'm throwing this in the fire, Stepan needs to go whlie he still has some value sooner then later he won't have any
Dreger saying the rangers have to include kreider or stepan with Callahan for St. Louis is 100 percent ludicrous
I don't think ANYONE thinks Cally is a bum. I love the guy. LOVE the way he plays. It's a timeline/budget thing. I have 100.00 to grocery shop I sure as hell ain't going to spend 5.99/lb on bananas which are already ripe and beginning to bruise. n'est-ce pas?
@Bueller kind of like we did with both undrafted girardi and capt cally wow capt obvious lets give you some skates and a contract and say hi to jerry lewis for me next labor day dont type while the short bus is moving
@Say my Name GREAT RANT!!!! The Proof of an addiction,is that you know its not good for & you do it anyway....
I Love RANGER HOCKEY! YET THERE S PROOF IT CAN KILL YOU!!!
@NYR44 he's 23. Do i really have to elaborate here?
@NYR44 and even he didn't
even is fine but who knows what will happen and it doesn't have to be Cally to get MSL
you make it like the rangers haven't offered him anything. if that report that they offered 6 mill for 5 years then its a matter of adding 1 more year and i think he will sign it push comes to shove. and there callahan will, be making 6 million on the rangers and you will be sitting there thinking about getting MSL for callahan in a straight up deal which is the dumbest trade I've ever heard.
I agree and see YouTube videos on him. ... i like the way he plays.... McD down fight. Nor staal...or Stralman. We need one more. Guy in Girardis place when traded. .... so that at any time u have some one on defense. That can protect Hank.....
Look we think a lot I Ln many ways. ... my thing is going forward we can change the roster in so many ways.... to compete for cups... If we are gonna tole 3 lines that are offensive. Rather than the norm of top 2 lines. 3rd line is a shut down type line with offensive abilty. Then. We need a heavy duty 4th line and We need an enforcer
@Bring back Langdon @josh930@mando24179it must be what your DaD does for a living day at school ....so many interesting careers,hey i'm double nick retired from investing in fasf food & concept restaurants looking for a p/time gig M -W-F so i dont blog all day...only during trade window s and with teams that are close to the promised land...we are taht close and these deals can make or break the 3-5 yr run coming...i feel it in my bones
P S must be around golf days t-th sat sun
@mando24179 hope we get to see it ...Klein is tough and can duke ...u will be pleasanlty surprised
We need to get a little more physical on d......and be able to clear the crease alot better
The running of hank hasn't stopped as of yet and it will continue as long as our dmen aren't as physical as they should be and we need a legit enforcer
Cally is fucking crazy, I have absolutely no problem loosing him or stephan, who i feel was and voiced at the time over paid. I would like to keep G and leave the rest of the D alone for now. Kesler would be a big improvement and so would MLS.
@mando24179 can we trade him to a vancouver blog
What??? There really is something wrong with you isn't there?
Where's one of the other voices in your head? Let me talk to them. Maybe I can make better sense of it.....
figures josh doesn't want to shell out the money if you know what i mean...
awww you guys formed a little group