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Video- Martin St. Louis Talks Trade, Team Canada And Steve Yzerman

via CBC,

Ron MacLean talks to Martin St. Louis about his move to New York, his Team Canada snub and current standing relationship with Steve Yzerman.

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Bad Captains

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Suddenly on deadline day in the National Hockey League, the cherished ‘C’ became all about ‘me’.

The captains of two teams were revealed to be nothing like captains at all, traded for each other in a mashing of egos, mirrors, contract negotiations, hurt feelings, pettiness and singularity.

It was almost enough to make Darryl Sittler tear the ‘C’ from his jersey once again, if that wasn’t bad enough the first time around.

This should have been the time of Martin St. Louis’ life. He just won an Olympic gold medal in Sochi. The best shooter in hockey, Steven Stamkos, is set to return to the lineup of the much-improved Tampa Bay Lightning. If Jon Cooper isn’t coach of the year in the NHL, he is certainly on the ballot. How many goalies are playing better than Ben Bishop? And in an Eastern Conference devoid of a great team, somebody has to play for the Stanley Cup and that somebody just might be the Lightning, the team he has represented for 13 seasons.

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It’s Now Cup Or Bust For The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

This  is the type of trade a team makes either if it is one piece away from winning a championship, or its management doesn’t place a premium on keeping its draft picks.

This is the type of trade the Rangers made on Wednesday, when they dealt the past and the future for the present in sending one first-rounder, one second-rounder that could become a first, and the remainder of Ryan Callahan’s season to Tampa Bay in exchange for 38-year-old Martin St. Louis — a dynamic, game-changing goal-scorer who, by the way, did we mention, is 38 years old?

General manager Glen Sather is all-in again on this season, maybe this year and next, with a flawed team that doesn’t appear big enough, tough enough or deep enough to take out the Bruins, even if the Rangers are likely a tougher out in the playoffs — if they get there — than they were before pulling off this trade.

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Evening Line

“I would rather not discuss what brought me to that decision, but in the end this is a decision for my family. I respect the fact that many of you do not agree with my decision and are angry with it. All I really can say is that I am sorry and I am very appreciative of the support you have shown me through the years.

-Martin St. Louis of the New York Rangers in a letter he wrote to Tampa Bay Lightning Fans.  You can read the full letter at the Tampa Tribune or check out a tweet below which includes a picture of the letter.

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Raphael Diaz To The Rangers

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Martin St. Louis For Ryan Callahan Getting Very Close

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added 12:23pm, Official Tampa Bay release below...

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Will Callahan Or The Rangers Blink?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

So the hours leading up to the 3 p.m. trade deadline Wednesday are largely an exercise in blinking — or not — for the Rangers and Ryan Callahan, who may be closer than they were a week ago regarding a contract extension but were not materially closer to striking a deal Tuesday night than they were Tuesday morning, sources report.

Callahan, having reduced his original ask of seven years at more than $48 million, was still at six years and approximately $39 million while the Rangers, having previously upped their bid from five years at $30 million, were adamant about not increasing the six-year, $36 million offer recently put on the table to their captain.

While the difference has been narrowed to approximately $500,000 per for six years and leaves open the “split the difference” scenario, both sides believe they have compromised significantly enough not to yield further.

So as the Blueshirts prepare for Wednesday’s match at the Garden against the Maple Leafs, their captain will be preoccupied with his status while general manager Glen Sather works on a dual track of negotiating with Callahan’s agent and with clubs interested in getting No. 24 in a trade.

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The Latest On Ryan Callahan Contract Talks

via Bob McKenzie tweets,

Callahan demands to NYR have decreased from 7 x $7M+ he was asking. Now open to 6 years at less than $7M per, maybe in $6.5-6.75M range?

In any case, Callahan still looking for more than what NYR offered -- 6 years at $6M per. So gap has shrunk some but still exists.

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What The Rangers Want For Callahan

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Rangers, who are concerned over contract length, are seeking to get at least one NHL player and one prospect or high draft pick in exchange for Callahan, who turns 29 next month.

The Blueshirts would send Callahan to Tampa Bay in a straight-up exchange for Martin St. Louis, but Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has no interest in such a swap, even if the 38-year-old winger who is under contract through next season at a $5.625 million cap hit told management just prior to the Olympic break he would welcome a trade to the Rangers, and only to the Rangers.

Sather is not willing to add young pieces and draft picks to the exchange. Talks between the Rangers and Lightning have not advanced since the roster freeze lifted on Monday.

But if the gap of nearly $20 million between the Rangers and Callahan makes it easy to understand why the parties are on the verge of a divorce, the same isn’t true regarding Girardi.

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Dan Girardi More Important To The Rangers Than Ryan Callahan

from Andrew Gross of The Record,

Callahan turns 29 on March 21. Girardi turns the big 3-0 on April 29. And the minimum term either would likely re-sign for with the Rangers is six seasons, even if the organization, so far, is reluctant to offer more than five.

Girardi, even if he’s had to adapt his RoboCop-like shot-blocking game that worked so well under John Tortorella’s system to new coach Alain Vineault’s demands for his defensemen, is the more likely of the two to be playing at a high level later in a six-year deal.

Girardi’s salary demands are less than Callahan’s as he’s reportedly seeking between $5.5 million to $6 million per season, a fair price range for a top-pair defenseman. Callahan is asking for seven years north of $6.5 million per season.

General manager Glen Sather is said to be opposed to losing either as a free agent without compensation, hence all the trade rumors. A rental top-pair defenseman is likely to bring back more than a second-line forward.

But the long-term health of the Rangers would be much better served by retaining Girardi.

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