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Report: Rangers inquiring about Blues’ Stewart

Jan 31, 2014, 10:27 AM EST

Could the New York Rangers be interested in St. Louis forward Chris Stewart? According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, it’s shaping up that way…

Stewart, 26, could be made available after playing a season-low 5:32 against the Islanders and getting dropped to the fourth line against the Devils this week.

“It’s obviously a message,” Stewart said, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “So, the message has been delivered and it’s how you respond. I can’t worry about who I’m playing with or all that other stuff.

“I have to worry about what I can control, and that’s how I play. So I have to stick with it here and try to raise my level of play.”

In the first of his two-year, $8.3 million extension — signed on the strength of last year’s 36-points-in-48-games performance — Stewart has been maddeningly inconsistent this season. On the surface, his 15 goals and 25 points through 52 games might seem OK, but eight of those goals came in a six-game span, and he has just two in his last 17 contests.

Saturday’s game on Long Island was one of his worst this season. Stewart was essentially parked, getting just three shifts in each period while sitting the final 11 minutes, and finished minus-2. The next game out, against the Devils, he was demoted to the fourth line alongside Maxim Lapierre and Brenden Morrow.

Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock isn’t one to single out players, but appeared to be referencing Stewart when he said the Blues had “too many passengers” during a recent slump. Hitchcock also added that Stewart needs to play a more direct-line game.

As for the Rangers, they’ve reportedly included Callahan’s name in trade rumors already and balked at the captain’s asking price for a new deal — $42 million over seven years, according to the New York Post.

Callahan, who turns 29 in March, is a pending UFA at season’s end.

  1. jpelle82 - Jan 31, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    just what the rangers need, another inconsistent forward.

  2. cofran2004 - Jan 31, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Awww, heeeeeellllll no. Not okay. Do NOT do this glen. No no no no no….

  3. cameltoews - Jan 31, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    This trade will never ever happen. I am not worried. If one thing sather knows how to do its trade ( Gomez for McD). Cally is worth way more to the team than Stewart ever could and they put up similar numbers.

    • bsaures - Jan 31, 2014 at 12:51 PM

      He also traded away the greatest player of all time and arguably the second for almost nothing. His trade record is terrible.

      • challer9 - Jan 31, 2014 at 5:07 PM

        Do you have any idea what you’re talking about? You do realize that Peter Pocklington (the Oilers owner) traded Gretzky because he needed the money, right? Who is the second guy you mentioned? You’re probably wrong there too.

      • bsaures - Jan 31, 2014 at 7:09 PM

        Messier genius.

        He also lost Paul Coffey one of the best defencemen of a generation to his terrible negotiating skills. He couldnt convince Jari Kurri to stay in North America and traded his rights as well.

  4. bcsteele - Jan 31, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    As a Blues fan, I’m cool with giving up Stewart to y’all. But Armstrong isn’t going to come near Callahan’s asking price (better not anyway) and I don’t see him trading for someone to let him walk either. Who knows though.

    Personally, I’d be talking with the Sabres about taking Halak, Stewart, and a pick or prospect for Miller. That would make more sense to me.

  5. ddefran87 - Jan 31, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Just a rumor for now. Doubt rangers would give up their captain but a deal could be made mostly for salary cap reasons IF the blues wanted to get Ryan miller

  6. multiplemiggs - Jan 31, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Sather and trading in the same sentence is enough to give anyone explosive diarrhea for a week straight.

    • cofran2004 - Jan 31, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      Actually, Sather has been quite adept at making trades. See the McD trade, and the gaborik trade.

      • bsaures - Jan 31, 2014 at 1:38 PM

        Well considering he lost two of the arguably biggest trades in the history of the NHL (Gretzky and Messier) by a country mile I would say his record is shoddy at best

      • cofran2004 - Jan 31, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        Its hard to say he lost the messier trade… considering how beloved he was here, how could you not bring him back. And seriously? He LOST by trading for the great one?

        Erm… no. Just… no.

      • cofran2004 - Jan 31, 2014 at 1:55 PM

        Oh, you meant the trade sending messier away. Yeah, no. He was trending down at that point. Can’t blame him too much for that.

        Gretzky retired a ranger. Not quite sure what you’re getting at there. His trade record with the rangers has been quite good.

      • bsaures - Jan 31, 2014 at 2:11 PM

        Ya when he was the oilers GM he made two of the arguably worst trades in the history of the NHL. He traded away the best player the NHL has ever seen IN HIS PRIME at the age of 27. He then traded away Messier for almost nothing and played a major part in dissembling what could have been a dynasty for another 10 years in Edmonton. He didnt bring Gretzky to the Rangers (Gretzky retired in 1999 Sather started in 2000) Messier only came back because they gave more money than anyone else would.

      • cofran2004 - Jan 31, 2014 at 2:17 PM

        That was close to, if not, 25 years ago for another team. I suppose its my fault for not specifying, but he’s been pretty decent for NY.

      • cofran2004 - Jan 31, 2014 at 2:18 PM

        And I mean as far as trades go. Some of the signings he’s made as GM have left me (and a lot of others) scratching my head.

    • nyeagles10 - Jan 31, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      amen to that brother

    • jkay1818 - Jan 31, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      MultipleMiggs,
      sather has actually been excellent in the trade dept. draft picks he basically rebuilt this team. Sure he has missed a few, a lot have. Where he has failed for the most part is spending Dolan’s money with flashy free agents. the rest he has done a good job, especially trades.
      gaborik, prust, mcdonagh etc

  7. sjsharks66 - Jan 31, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Callahan for Stewart? Haha! I hope that is not the case.

  8. nyeagles10 - Jan 31, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Ummm rangers will lose there manhood if they do that trade.

  9. stepanup - Jan 31, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    I dont see a chance in hell Sather goes this route. Callahan’s asking price is insane though and if he’s sticking to it, and the Rangers are keeping the Richards contract, the RIGHT trade might have to happen.

  10. DED - Jan 31, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Notice how Dreger says that it would be a sweet deal for the Blues.

    This would be terrible for the Rangers. You DON’T trade your captain during the middle of the season unless you have a morale problem in the locker room/on the ice or he wants out. Neither of which applies! Business or not, you’re just going to foul things up.

  11. bwayblueshirt - Jan 31, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    nononononononononononononononononononononononononononononononononononononononononononono

  12. xdj511 - Jan 31, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    This is getting to be like with the Yankees over in baseball land. The Rangers get attached to every trade rumor.

    I just need to add to the plurality of voices here that this would not be a good trade for the Rangers.

    Unless the Blues would like to throw in Alexander Steen, then we’re talking.

    • stepanup - Jan 31, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      I think Steen for Ovechkin is more likely at this rate.

      • xdj511 - Jan 31, 2014 at 11:47 AM

        Hey, if the bloggers and sportswriters can troll us with these never-gonna-happen trade scenarios, then I can make up my own!

      • stepanup - Jan 31, 2014 at 12:57 PM

        It’s fun isnt it?

      • cardsandbluesforever - Jan 31, 2014 at 6:26 PM

        Stewart and Steen for Ovechkin would be even more likely, and not a bad trade for both clubs.

  13. storminator16 - Jan 31, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    I’ve never got the love fest for Callahan. If he is asking for David Clarkson type money, they should take a trade for Chris Stewart (and pick/prospect) and learn to love it. I think the Rangers are a far better fit for Stewart than St. Louis. I see it as a great fit and a better fit cap-wise.

  14. djshnooks - Jan 31, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Keep in mind Lafontaine wants to bring local kids back home to WNY…Cally is target #1…if St Louis wants Miller, maybe they have to get Cally first?

    Just a thought.

  15. muckleflugga - Jan 31, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    peter pocklington sold wayne gretzky … no trade …. by glen sather or anyone else

    pocklington needed cash to bail-out of bad business deals

    both pocklington and bruce mcnall were crooks … each convicted later

  16. oviron - Jan 31, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Looks like they are just trying to make Cally nervous = just a negotiating tactic.

  17. bluesfan41 - Jan 31, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Wana know how great Rangers fan are, just look at the comments here. One person says “The greatest player of all time” and is talking about Messier, lmao. Others really believe this guy traded for or away Gretzky when he signed there and retired as a Ranger. At least the fans match the ownership and team, lost

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