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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
One player whose name I would have never predicted to be even possibly in the mix before the season is that of New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan.
But he’s a pending UFA July 1 and so far contract talks have not gone well at all, a source told ESPN.com Tuesday.
All of which led to some rumblings that the Rangers are exploring the trade market in case talks don’t produce a contract extension before the March 5 trade deadline. My colleague Darren Dreger also reported on Callahan’s trade possibility during our Insider Trading segment Tuesday evening on TSN in Canada.
You can imagine the reaction when Rangers GM Glen Sather called some teams over the past week to inform them that Callahan might be available.
"That’s a pretty big name," one Western Conference source said.
more plus the latest od Dan Boyle, Kadri, Pittsburgh and Whitney talk...
STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 27, 2014 – The NHL Stadium Series matchups from iconic venues in Los Angeles and New York this past weekend set viewership records across NBC and NBCSN, continuing NBC Sports Group’s strong NHL ratings this season.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
So there is another one of these coming up on Wednesday night, another chance for the Rangers to turn Yankee Stadium into the Bronx Blue against the Islanders the way they did against the Devils on Sunday afternoon.
And when Derek Stepan, who put the cherry on top of the Blueshirts’ 7-3 victory by converting a third-period penalty shot, was asked if the philosophy of going outside in another couple of days would be, “We’ve got to do it again,” or, “We get to do it again,” the center responded affirmatively and enthusiastically.
“Oh,” Stepan said. “We get to do it again.”
Again and again the NHL stages these outdoor extravaganzas and again and again the league pulls it off. One after another, from Edmonton in 2003 to Los Angeles this past Saturday night, they have become a collective greeting card for hockey’s Winter Wonderland.
Too many of these? Bah.
I like the jazzy swing mood.
Guess what locker Jagr was assigned?...
Others say it was not a butt end which was in his glove.
Me, I can't tell, how about you?
No penalty on the play...
added 2:32pm, Nashville release below...
from Steve Zipay of Newsday,
... But if Glen Sather & Co. eventually offer, say, a four-year deal, Callahan and his representatives could try to drive that term longer, perhaps to take him to age 35. Then it's crunch time; Sather might dig in, even if Callahan is reluctant to leave.
Face it: A long-term, secure deal could be Callahan's swan song, and given the number of clubs who will have big bucks to spend this summer with the salary cap rising, the market is appetizing.
According to projections, 14 teams will have more than $23 million in cap space. The Rangers will have $31 million. Buffalo will have $41 million.
You think Pat LaFontaine and the Sabres wouldn't love to have an upstate hero come home?
What about the Ducks, who will need to replace Teemu Selanne?
How about the Red Wings putting Callahan with either Pavel Datsyuk or Henrik Zetterberg?
Think John Tortorella might find some room for a former heart-and-soul guy out on the Pacific Coast?
via The Record,
Ryan Callahan's high-sticking call against G Ben Bishop 29 seconds into the second period led to Victor Hedman's power-play goal at 1:10. But Callahan said D Eric Brewer caused the penalty by lifting his stick.
"The play was dead so I'm not really holding my stick too tight," Callahan said. "Even Brewer apologized and said it was him. I understand the refs see what they see and you've got to live with it."
Watch the play at the beginning of the game highlight package via Sportsnet,
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The Rangers’ revival may have hit a speed bump at the Garden on Tuesday night with a 2-1 defeat to the Lightning, but the 8-3-1 run into a playoff position, albeit mighty tenuous, has implications beyond the standings.
For if Glen Sather had ever been tempted to be a seller rather than a buyer leading up to the March 5 trade deadline, it isn’t realistic to expect the general manager to adopt that stance now, even if that might still be the wisest course of action over the long run.
Of course, depending on one’s perspectives, “long run” could have alternate meanings. One would apply to the long run over the course of the next five-to-eight years. The other would apply to a long run in this year’s playoffs.
Sands are passing through the hourglass for Sather, who celebrated his 70th birthday in September and is completing his 14th year and 13th season as GM in New York. The Rangers have won five playoff rounds in his tenure, advancing to the Eastern finals once, two seasons ago before losing in an upset to the Devils.
This year’s conference is notably weak below top dogs Pittsburgh and Boston.
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