Avalanches at Rangers.
The Rangers begin a stretch of three games in four nights that will led them into the Olympic break (and the Olympic break roster freeze, which runs Feb. 7-23).
They host Edmonton Thursday and visit Pittsburgh Friday before scattering to all corner of the earth, including the seven headed for Sochi.
The Ryan Callahan issue remains front and center for the Rangers, who would like to have it resolved by Friday’s Olympic roster freeze (which runs through Feb. 23).
There are a lot of moving parts—whether the Rangers can find a team that will be willing to sign him (he wants north of $6M, probably $6.5M per for seven years) and make the trade, or whether a team will risk whether it can sign him later, or if he will be dealt strictly as a rental.
Still we hear it could possibly get done before Friday. The Rangers, who will meet with Callahan’s agent this week, might find a deal they like and just pull the trigger. The trade deadline is March 5.
Henrik Lundqvist starts in goal for the Rangers, who have won three in a row and 14 of the last 20. Alain Vigneault goes with the same lineup that has started 12 in a row.
The Avs came from behind late to force overtime then beat the Devils in OT Monday for their fourth win in a row. They have won 13 of their last 17. Semyon Varlamov starts in goal. Injured Paul Stastny is a game-time decision.
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