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The Callahan For St. Louis Trade Talk

Last night Boomer Esiason put out a few tweets, teasing fans with a Ryan Callahan for Marty St. Louis trade.  Today...

from CBS New York,

Esiason gave clarity to what he’s been hearing Monday morning on the “Boomer & Carton” show. He said there’s a good shot Rangers captain Ryan Callahan will be traded in a straight-up deal for Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Boomer said the trade could include a conditional draft pick if Callahan, an impending free agent, decides to stay with Tampa Bay.

“Now the only reason this deal wouldn’t go through is if somebody gets cold feet or somebody lowers their contract demands,” Boomer said.

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from Larry Brooks of the New York 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.

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Lightning Will Continue To Spend

from Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times,

"I don't want to predict out because things can change," Vinik said. "But for the foreseeable future our strategy is to have a great team on the ice and spend at or near the salary cap."

Tampa Bay is spending above this season's $64.3 million cap because of the accounting relief gained by putting defensemen Mattias Ohlund and Brian Lee on long-term injured reserved.

Vinik declined to say how much money the team is losing, though he said losses "have come down dramatically" from when he bought the club in 2010. Spending at or near the cap, he said, is part of the plan to eliminate those losses.

"We want to have an extremely competitive hockey team," Vinik said. "It's part of a strategy. First of all, I'm competitive. We want to win. We want to win a Stanley Cup. It's a lot more fun for our fans, but it also helps us make the playoffs and, hopefully, go deep into the playoffs which is good for the financials."

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Valterri Filppula The Latest Hockey Player Out For The Olympics

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Martin St. Louis Replaces Steven Stamkos For Team Canada

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Steven Stamkos Will Not Participate In The Olympics

TAMPA BAY – Tampa Bay Lightning Center Steven Stamkos will not be able to participate in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Stamkos underwent a CT Scan (which offers a three-dimensional view of the bone) this afternoon and then met with Lightning Medical Director Ira Gutentag, who was unable to clear Stamkos for game participation at this time. Rehabilitation with the Lightning training staff will continue and he will be reevaluated in 2-3 weeks.

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The Latest On Steven Stamkos

from Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times,

Stamkos will have an X-ray when the team returns to Tampa after Tuesday's game at Minnesota. There will be discussions with Lightning doctors, Tampa Bay and Team Canada general manager Steve Yzerman and executives from Hockey Canada.

Stamkos has said he wants to play in one or both of the Lightning's home games leading up to the Olympics. But he also said not playing Thursday against the Maple Leafs or Saturday against the Red Wings would not preclude him from going to Sochi.

Here is what could:

"I don't feel I'm where I need to be in order to play in a game yet," Stamkos said Friday, his last meeting with reporters. "You have to listen to your body. It has gotten better, and there's less and less pain every time I get on the ice. But there's still discomfort."

Stamkos, who had a titanium rod inserted in the tibia, said he hopes the pain will at least become "manageable."

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Tampa Bay Will Have Trade Options At The Deadline

from Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times,

The Lightning is in an interesting place when it comes to the trade deadline.

Thanks to injured defensemen Mattias Ohlund and Brian Lee being on long-term injured reserve, it has about $3 million of cap space. It also will be getting back injured star Steven Stamkos before or after the break, a nice jolt of extra offense for a team that already averages 2.9 goals.

That means general manager Steve Yzerman can concentrate on adding blue-line depth or, if he wants to try to go big, a top-four player to really add some stability.

There are a couple of intriguing options, neither of which has been linked publicly to the Lightning but perhaps merit some consideration: the Islanders' Andrew MacDonald and Detroit's Kyle Quincey....

Quincey, 28, is a much more expensive option (he is making $4 million this season and could become unrestricted), but is a defensive specialist. And with players such as Victor Hedman and Mark Barberio able to move the puck, a stable, reliable presence in the defensive zone might be what Tampa Bay needs.

The Red Wings still are in the playoff hunt. But if Detroit decides it is not a Stanley Cup contender, Quincey, who averages 20:32 of ice time and is second on the team with 72 blocked shots, could become available. And don't forget Yzerman's connection and friendship with Red Wings GM Ken Holland.

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Video- Brandon Prust, Ben Bishop Have A Chat…

17:02 Montreal Brandon Prust: 2 minutes, unsportsmanlike conduct
17:02 Tampa Bay Ben Bishop: 2 minutes, goalie leave crease
17:02 Montreal Carey Price: 2 minutes, goalie leave crease
17:02 Montreal George Parros: 10 minutes, misconduct
17:02 Tampa Bay Radko Gudas: 10 minutes, misconduct

 

added 4:52pm, Below watch the Tampa broadcast and catch what some people will call a spear from Prust...

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More Injuries For The Tampa Bay Lightning

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

The Lightning is in an unusual position as it heads into Saturday's game at Montreal.

With goaltender Anders Lindback (left ankle sprain) out and Ben Bishop (head) questionable, it is possible Tampa Bay will call up two goalies from the minor leagues. It was unclear if both Cedrick Desjardins and Kristers Gudelvskis could both be called up from AHL Syracuse, which plays tonight at Utica and Saturday home against Norfolk, or how perhaps former first-round draft pick Riku Helenius, who is struggling with ECHL Florida, might fit in.

"We'll have a goalie in net (Saturday)," coach Jon Cooper said. "I just don't know what league his last game was from. That's the only thing. He might have in the NHL. He might have played in the American League."...

The bottom line is, the Lightning is in a tough spot that might include the loss for at least one game of center Valtteri Filppula, who left Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Senators early in the second period with what is believed a left hip/leg injury. Cooper, though, made it sound that Filppula being held out would be more precautionary.

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Video- Ben Bishop Leaves Game After Taking A Skate To His Head

Looks like a skate from his teammate Kucherov hit him in the head area.

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