I don’t know if Martin St. Louis is really going to become a Ranger, but there sure is enough smoke, and where there’s smoke …
Makes sense that St. Louis wants out of Tampa, where his GM Steve “Whyzerman” Yzerman originally snubbed him for Team Canada. Problem is, St. Louis has a full no-move clause, so if he doesn’t want to go, he doesn’t go. And the other problem is he’s 38.
It’s been reported that Tampa is not interested in Ryan Callahan as a rental, and sure isn’t interested in his seven-year, $6.75 (or whatever it is) asking price.
But I do believe Callahan’s days here are numbered — the NHL roster freeze ended at midnight, and 10 days remain until the March 5 trade deadline.
I do believe the Rangers will be active in those 10 days.
They sure have some holes, and will have one big one if they deal Callahan, depending of course on what they get back.
Also, six of their seven Olympians (Rick Nash, Henrik Lundqvist, Carl Hagelin, Callahan, Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan) will not join the team for practice, and the seventh, Mats Zuccarello, is going to be out another two or three weeks with a broken hand.
The Rangers don’t exactly tip-toe back into the season, either, with three games in four nights — Chicago at home Thursday, at Philly Saturday afternoon, Boston at MSG Sunday. Yikes.
I have an excellent guest blog in the hopper, but I’m holding it for this week when my “other job” is going to keep me kinda busy.
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