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Trade talk swirls around Rangers’ Callahan, Lightning’s St. Louis

Feb 23, 2014, 11:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Ryan Callahan #24 of the New York Rangers looks on against the New Jersey Devils during the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium on January 26, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Getty Images

From the New York Post:

Reigning Art Ross Trophy winner and Canadian gold medal winner Martin St. Louis’ name has been in and out of play with the Rangers since Jan. 7, when he was bypassed by Team Canada (and Tampa Bay) general manager Steve Yzerman for his country’s Olympic roster, but no trade is pending that would bring the 38-year-old winger to New York, sources have told The Post.

Blueshirts’ general manager Glen Sather has inquired about a potential swap of team captains in which pending free agent Ryan Callahan would go to the Lightning in exchange for St. Louis, but Yzerman’s absolute lack of interest in dealing his leading scorer in exchange for a rental property has been made clear to the Rangers.

Callahan, the Rangers’ captain and U.S. Olympian, is in the final year of a three-year deal worth an annual cap hit of $4.275 million, as per It was reported prior to the Sochi Olympics that negotiations on a contract extension between the Rangers and Callahan stalled ahead of the NHL trade freeze.

Before that, Callahan’s agent, Steve Bartlett, was going to renew negotiations with the Rangers, which was right around the beginning of February.

Now, how does St. Louis, a gold medalist with Canada’s men’s hockey team as of Sunday, fit into all this? The 38-year-old winger, with 56 points in 58 games, was originally left off Canada’s team when the roster was announced on Jan. 7. There was plenty of speculation as to how that would affect his relationship with Yzerman, the executive director of Canada’s team as well as the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

  1. esracerx46 - Feb 23, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    This is a non story. Rangers want to trade Callahan for St. Louis. Yzerman clearly is not interested as he shouldn’t be. Deal over. This affects Callahan more than St. Louis.

  2. barkar942 - Feb 23, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    I don’t believe the Rangers will let Cally go, but if they do, no matter where he goes now, he will be a Saber next year.

    • 19to77 - Feb 23, 2014 at 11:33 PM

      You know, unless he wants to win games or something.

      • barkar942 - Feb 24, 2014 at 12:15 AM

        Just remember- Parise and Suter wanted to just go home. Cally is from Rochester, and Buffalo has lots of room on their cap space, just like Parise and Suter. It wouldn’t surprise me.

      • jennettalia - Feb 24, 2014 at 8:57 AM

        With his reported contract demands? He’s not pricing himself like a guy who wants to win.

      • jpcar7 - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:39 PM

        You would think every players first thought is to be on a winning team but it’s always about the money. Cally has always said how much it means to be a Ranger n captain no less. With what he’s asking he’s not showing he wants to be a ranger. He’s gotta know Sathers not gonna give him that kinda money for 7 years too? I think he’s gonna be sorry cause either he doesn’t get that money from anyone or he gets it from a lousy team n never wins a cup

    • withseidelinn - Feb 24, 2014 at 6:00 AM

      It is possible, but Minnesota and Buffalo were and still are very different teams.

      • tdrusher225 - Feb 24, 2014 at 4:50 PM

        Minnesota wasn’t exactly lighting the world on fire before Parise and Suter arrived. He actually makes a good point, and if Buffalo offers him what he’s looking for I could definitely see him going there.

    • moarjam - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:02 AM

      Oh you’ve talked to Cally about this?

      He very well might sign with Buffalo but this is all just speculation. To declare it as fact is nonsense.

      Not everyone has a burning desire to return home.

  3. blomfeld - Feb 23, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    “HELLO FLORIDA, GOOD-BYE VANCOUVER” … Roberto Luongo @ July 2014

    could there be a connection ? :)

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:04 AM

      Atleast I like the song you picked for once.

  4. mshantz22 - Feb 23, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    I honestly don’t know what people see in Ryan Callahan. The guy averages 1 point every two games and is asking for god knows how much money. That career -1 rating isn’t impressive either. I can see why New York is shopping him around. I don’t see him signed by the Rangers, or by any truly competitive team next year. Wouldn’t be shocked to see him go to the Islanders. That would be right on par for the insanity that come from their GM Snow.

    • smarshall3789 - Feb 24, 2014 at 12:47 AM

      He plays with heart and grit and I respect that, but you’re right other then that I don’t see how he’s even worth what he gets paid now!! He doesn’t really show up in big games and he’s often injured! Has he ever had a 50 point season? Who ever gets him will be disappointed!

      • moarjam - Feb 24, 2014 at 9:56 AM

        If you cant get what people see in him then you don’t know the game very well. He is a really solid player. He would make any team he was on instantly better. He has some decent skill, lays it out on the line every shift, hits, blocks shots, penalty kills, effective on the PP… So I don’t get your criticism of him as a player.

        You can critique his salary demands all you want because they are a little high and that is the ONLY reason he is being shopped. If he were signed to a long term deal at $4.5M/year or something like that he wouldn’t be going anywhere.

  5. ethanmacleod1685 - Feb 24, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    This would be a terrible deal, Sather is punching above his weight there, big time. S.Y knows better than that surely

  6. crazemastercraze - Feb 24, 2014 at 7:04 AM

    What’s the standard for what Callahan wants salary wise? Clarkson to Toronto? Yeah that’s worked out great so far….

  7. letsgolightning - Feb 24, 2014 at 7:15 AM

    Why is this even a story? It’s a lose-lose for the Lightning. Perhaps we could throw in Stamkos?

    • hockeydon10 - Feb 24, 2014 at 7:31 AM

      Reading between the lines it seems to look like Sather is trying to fleece a relatively new and “inexperienced” GM.

      I don’t imagine he’ll succeed with someone like Yzerman, coming from a top-run org like the Wings (LGRW!) then immediately taking the right steps when assuming the GM spot in Tampa I would have to guess he’s far too astute to fall for that crap.

    • moarjam - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      Its a story because Boomer Esiason (yes the former QB) was told by his source in the Rangers Front Office that the deal was done. It’s odd that the writer didn’t mention this as this was the reason for the Post article that he is quoting…

      Anyway Esiason is sticking to his guns on his radio show this morning. Says its a done deal. So either the Rangers FO is messing with him or he is messing with us.

      You should note that Boomer is a HUGE Ranger’s fan and runs in the same social circle as all those guys so he would be more inclined to have inside info more than some beat writer like Larry Brooks. Boomer also called the Del Zotto for Klein trade weeks in advance. So while this St Louis scenario sounds crazy it shouldn’t be completely disregarded.

    • pfhockey - Feb 24, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      We we’re lucky the previous owner/gm didn’t trade Stamkos to NY.

  8. xdj511 - Feb 24, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    So this is a story about a trade that was discussed about six weeks ago and obviously isn’t going to happen? The daily Cally/trade rumor/trolling Rangers fans posts started up even before he made it back to New York, huh?

    I can’t wait until the trade deadline, one way or the other, just so I can stop hearing about this.

  9. nyeagles10 - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    chally for moluson all day

  10. jcuervo962002 - Feb 24, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    I am a NYR fan who lives in Tampa, and follow both sides of this-

    TB just unloaded the Vinny Lecavlier 7.7 milliion cap hit a few months back, and he is a far better player than Cally. Why on earth would they get into a similar contract for a worse player. Cally’s cap hit is going to be 6+ million for 7 yr where Marty is 5.6 million for two more years and is by far the better player even at 10 yrs older. He has been in the top 20 (or top 10) scorers in the league for the past 6 or 7 seasons. And Ranger fans you’d be trading for a guy who is still under contract, in the new NHL this is leverage on any deal.

    Even if TB is actually the team that was rumored to be allowed to talk to Cally’s agent a few weeks back and they worked out a contract and terms – I cant see TB making that trade one for one… however, you throw in a top prospect (miller, kristo, duclair, lindberg, st croix, etc…) AND a #1 pick, then MAYBE TB thinks about a deal.

    • moarjam - Feb 24, 2014 at 6:40 PM

      As ludicrous as a cally for MSL swap is, expecting a package of cally, a top prospect like miller or duclair and a 1st is just nuts.

      • jcuervo962002 - Feb 25, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        Sorry, but get real. MSL has averages more than a point per game for the past 6 seasons, including the past 3 AFTER he turned 35. Dude is not showing any signs of deteriorating because of age. Last 3 seasons, he averaged 85 points per season. And he is rarely hurt. Callahan is showing signs of wear and tear, and is a 2nd or 3rd liner who put up 50 points once in his career. MSL is a top 5 player in the league, how can you not offer picks and prospects. I thought I was being conservative. Callahan is overrated, the sooner he realizes that himself, the better.

      • jpcar7 - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        I agree. The rangers are trying to get the best guy possible instead of getting nothing. If they’re gonna add to the trade it’s not gonna be for a guy 38 years old even as good as St Louis is. Wish Cally would wake up n realize he’s asking way too much n if a team signs him it may be a pretty bad team. I wouldn’t be surprised if it were Buffalo either. I think he’s gonna regret this though

  11. MarkCMahoney99 - Feb 24, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    No one’s talking about St. Louis’ age. You don’t survive long in the NHL at 38+. Still, it’s not an even trade, especially for a year or two. Cally isn’t worth more than $5 million a year to a contending team. But I think given his demeanor on the ice, he could make that much money at a team trying to rebuild around a quality, experienced veteran. I say the Rangers end up keeping him this year because they’ll get no takers on a trade, and then let him go in the summer. Ultimately, he’ll end up on the Sabres or the Islanders next year.

  12. nyrnashty - Feb 24, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Calmly is the same exact player as B. Morrow, who gets 4.1 a year. I would be happy with a pick or a prospect for him at this point, especially since we didn’t draft until the forth round last year…..rolls eyes!

  13. nyrnashty - Feb 24, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Lol “calmly” cally

  14. pfhockey - Feb 24, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    This is so silly, we all know the stem of the problem is that Callahan overvalues himself, he needs to deflate his ego. ship him out to the highest bidder, losing him for nothing is worse than getting something, Sather eventually needs to ship him out if Cally doesn’t bump his price tag down a mil or more. Trade him for a prospect and a pick or two.

    • jpcar7 - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      The reason why the trade could happen is that St.Louis wants out n Sather knows Cally is not worth what he’s asking. So maybe it gets done as a temporary player for Tampa. I’m a ranger fan n I think Tampa is nuts to do it but there have been crazier trades that went down

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