Trade deadline today (3 p.m.) … Maple Leaves at Rangers tonight (7 p.m.) … pre-game notes


Should be an interesting day at Madison Square Garden, and all around the NHL … I think it’s going to be a big one even by the usual trade deadline day standards, and even though several trades have already been made on Tuesday.

It is D-day for Ryan Callahan and Glen Sather, who had closed the gap significantly Tuesday on a new six-year contract, but who hadn’t finalized it. So we’ll see if they get it done today, or if they play chicken up the deadline, or if Sather finds a good return in a trade for his captain, or if he decides to sit tight and continue negotiating through and after the deadline.

We’ll be here all day long, and especially on Twitter (@rangersreport) for all the goings-on.


Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:

Wednesday, Mar. 5, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 33-26-3 (69 pts)
Maple Leafs: 32-23-8 (72 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Plus; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), in an Original Six matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Metropolitan Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 33-26-3 (69 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Boston Bruins, 6-3, on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, to complete a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts are 17-8-1 in their last 26 games overall, including a 12-6-0 mark in their last 18, and are tied for fourth in the conference in ROW (29). The Maple Leafs enter the contest with a 32-23-8 (72 pts) record to rank fifth in the Eastern Conference, and have lost their last three games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday, Mar. 7, at PNC Arena (7:00 p.m.), in a Metropolitan Division matchup.

All-Time: 224-273-95-6 overall (130-111-56-3 at home; 94-162-39-3 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the third and final meeting this season, and the second of two meetings at Madison Square Garden. New York is 2-0-0 (1-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road), following a 7-1 win on Jan. 4 at Air Canada Centre. The Rangers have out-shot the Maple Leafs, 93-52, including 38-16 in the second period, in the series. Sixteen different Rangers have tallied a point in the series, and seven have scored goals. Carl Hagelin (one goal, one assist), Chris Kreider (one goal, one assist), Dominic Moore (two goals) and Benoit Pouliot (one goal, one assist) are tied for the team-lead with two points in the series. Cam Talbot is 2-0-0 with a 0.96 GAA and a .962 Sv% in the series.
Last Season: New York was 2-1-0 overall (2-0-0 mark at home; 0-1-0 mark on the road). Two of their three meetings were separated by one goal, including a 3-2 SO victory for the Blueshirts on Apr. 10 at MSG. The Rangers out-shot the Maple Leafs, 104-70, with a 75-48 advantage after the first period, and out-scored Toronto 6-2 in the third period. Rick Nash (two goals, two assists) and Derek Stepan (one goal, three assists) tied for the team lead in scoring with four points apiece in the series, while Henrik Lundqvist was 2-1-0 with a 2.61 GAA.
The Rangers have recorded a point in 14 of their last 17 meetings with the Maple Leafs (12-3-2 over the span)
The Rangers and Maple Leafs have been separated by two goals or fewer in nine of their last 13 meetings (5-3-1 when separated by two or fewer goals goals), including six games separated by one goal (4-1-1 when separated by one goal)
New York is 15-15-3 at home; Toronto is 11-12-7 on the road
The Rangers are 12-6-0 vs. Atlantic Division opponents; the Maple Leafs are 7-9-3 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
New York lists two former Maple Leafs on its roster: Dominic Moore (2007-08 – 2008-09); Anton Stralman (2007-08 – 2008-09)
Toronto lists one former Ranger on its roster: Colton Orr (2005-06 – 2008-09)

Henrik Lundqvist – 23 GP, 12-7-4, 2 SO, 2.65 GAA
Brad Richards – 39 GP, 18-18–36
Benoit Pouliot – 19 GP, 5-10–15
Rick Nash – 13 GP, 4-6–10
Dan Girardi – 27 GP, 4-5–9

The Rangers power play is 13-61 (21.3%) in the last 20 games, and 21-91 (23.1%) in the last 28
Have tallied two or more power play goals in eight games this season
Rank seventh in the league in combined PP% + PK% (103.2%)
Power Play: The Rangers were 1-4 (6:05) on Sunday vs. Boston. New York ranks 11th in the NHL overall (41-202, 20.3%), and 21st at home (18-112, 16.1%). The Rangers are 5-16 (6:55) in five-on-three situations (last – 1/19 vs. WSH), and 0-6 (6:56) when four-on-three (last – 1/19 vs. WSH). Shorthanded goals allowed (6): 10/8 at SJS (Vlasic); 10/24 at PHI (Read); 11/19 vs. BOS (Paille); 12/20 vs. NYI (Clutterbuck, PS); 12/20 vs. NYI (Grabner); 3/2 vs. BOS (Campbell).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts were 0-0 (0:00) on Sunday vs. Boston. New York is tied for 11th in the NHL overall (150-181, 82.9%), and ranks 14th at home (75-90, 83.3%). The Rangers are 3-6 (5:44) in three-on-five situations (last – 2/4 vs. COL), and 6-8 (6:06) when three-on-four (last – 1/21 vs. NYI). Shorthanded goals for (3): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh); 12/27 at WSH (Hagelin); 1/19 vs. WSH (Callahan).
Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (2:00) on Sunday vs. Boston, and are now -1 in 68 four-on-four situations (111:33) this season. Four-on-four goals for (6): 10/16 at WSH (J. Moore); 10/26 at DET (Brassard); 12/12 vs. CBJ (Girardi); 12/18 vs. PIT (Hagelin); 1/31 vs. NYI (Brassard); 1/31 vs. NYI (McDonagh). Four-on-four goals allowed (7): 10/3 at PHX (Vrbata); 10/7 at LAK (Muzzin); 10/12 at STL (Backes); 12/8 vs. WSH (Grabovski, PS); 12/18 vs. PIT (Sutter); 12/27 at WSH (Fehr); 1/6 vs. CBJ (Atkinson).

ORIGINAL SIX SHOWDOWN: Tonight’s contest will be the 12th of 14 scheduled games against Original Six opponents this season (7-4-0). Since 2005-06, New York has posted a record of 65-41-12 against Original Six teams, including a 20-9-4 mark vs. Toronto over the span. The Rangers’ .602 win% ranks third, trailing Detroit (.644, 50-25-12) and Montreal (.610, 90-55-14), and ahead of Chicago (.546, 41-33-13), Boston (.531, 74-64-24), and Toronto (.491, 67-70-24).

THE PUCK STOPS HERE: The Blueshirts have allowed two goals or less in 36 of 62 games this season, including 13 of their last 18 contests, and in 10 of the last 12 at home (five of the last six at MSG). New York is 28-8-0 when holding opponents to two goals or less.

SHOOTING GALLERY: The Rangers have registered at least 40 shots 11 times this season, including three times in the last six games. The Blueshirts have been credited with 221 shots on goal over the last six contests (36.8 shots on goal per game), and have out-shot their opponent in eight of their last 10 games and 12 of the last 15. The Rangers rank third in the NHL in shots per game (32.9).

KING HENRIK: Henrik Lundqvist has allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of his last 14 games (10-4-0, 2.07 GAA, .932 Sv%, and one shutout over the span), and is 12-5-1 with a 2.26 GAA, .926 Sv%, and one shutout in his last 18 appearances. Lundqvist won his 20th game of the season with a 4-1 victory on Jan. 31 against the Islanders, to extend his streak as the only goalie in the league with an active streak of nine-straight 20-win seasons. Now in his ninth season, Lundqvist is two wins away from the 300th of his NHL career, and three wins away from Mike Richter’s franchise record of 301 career victories.

ROAD WARRIORS: New York has won 16 of their last 21 contests on the road, including a six-game winning streak from Jan. 4 – Feb. 7. The Rangers also won six straight on the road from Oct. 26 – Nov. 23, marking the first time the Rangers posted two separate six-game winning streaks on the road in a season. The Blueshirts are now 18-11-0 on the road this season, which leads the Eastern Conference and is tied for second in the league overall (road wins). The Blueshirts power play ranks second in the NHL on the road (23-90, 25.6%).

Henrik Lundqvist – Has held opponents to two goals or less in 10 of his last 14 games (10-4-0, 2.07 GAA, .932 Sv%, 1 SO), and is 12-5-1 in his last 18 (2.26 GAA, .926 Sv%, 1 SO)
Derick Brassard – 10 points (five goals, five assists) in the last nine games
Derek Stepan – 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in the last 13 games, with an assist in each of the last three (four)
Brad Richards – 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in the last 20 games, including six points (three goals, three assists) in the last seven
J.T. Miller – three points (one goal, two assists) in his last five NHL games, with two points (one goal, one assist) in three games since his recall
Benoit Pouliot – four points (two goals, two assists) in the last five games, and six points (three goals, three assists) in the last nine
Rick Nash – 12 goals in the last 19 games, including eight goals in the last 13

Henrik Lundqvist – 2 wins from 300th NHL career

INJURIES (101 Man-Games Lost):
Mats Zuccarello (fractured hand on 2/16, 3-4 weeks) – 3

Feb. 28 – Agreed to terms with defenseman Dan Girardi on a contract extension
Feb. 25 – Recalled forward J.T. Miller from Hartford (AHL)

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  1. I bet there are no big trades today, especially by the Rangers.

    WE need to win this game….big time.

  2. Sioux-per-man on

    Good morning boys!

    Cally plays tonight? It sounds like a deal is there. So the Ranger a keep their captain. And no Marty St Louis – I think I win a cigar at 3pm today. That “trade” was to good to be true.

    I’m a little out of the loop this week. Could someone tell me what’s going on in Vancouver? How do you trade your top 2 goal tenders in one year? Yikes. What did they get in return?

  3. I’ll be virtually holding hands with Mister D, Latona and other Cally supporters until three today.

    Beat the Leaves!!

    LGR !!!

  4. Yea, LGR, but if they put in the same effort as last game, it will be Snow Babies on Discovery Channel…

  5. Miami, you’d better whisper something in the Kreider’s ear unless you want to become irrelevant…he has not been at his best since the Oly break.

  6. wildplaces – that would mean a Tim Thomas/Maaaarty goaltending tandem wouldnt it?

  7. I’m hoping today we get Cally signed and find a scorer from somewhere without giving up too much. It seems to have gone quiet on the MSL front so i’m not holding my breath!

  8. I’m still shocked that Vancouver would deal both Schneider AND Luongo. I mean, surely they should have kept Schneider for less than a year while they worked the Luongo trade? Instead of going with Lack/Markstrom as their goaltending duo for the rest of the season?

    Plus rumours that they are willing to trade Kesler, Burrows and Edler……REBUILD!

  9. Good morning, boneheads!

    I hope they finalize it with Callahan today.I saw a lot of posts yesterday complaining he isn’t worth it. Yes, at 6×6 he will be overpaid a bit, but in this scenario I don’t mind them overpaying for their captain and what he means to this team. Also, this year he is making $4.825M. What do you think his raise should be then? It’s laughable when you say he isn’t worth more than $5-$5.5M. Is it really that much different from $6M? The difference will have no impact on their cap situation next year.

  10. Something else to consider. When Prust was negotiating with Sather the cap situation was very difficult. We knew it would go down, no idea by how much, and no idea how the lockout would impact it in the future. I was against them matching what Montreal offered, still think it was the right move. But if it were now, with our current knowledge of what cap will look like over the next few years, I would like them to give him $2.5×4. I think they would too. Providing he wanted to stay in NY. Not a forgone conclusion, as we know now.

  11. Oncupin74yearsandcounting on

    I don’t think Callahan goes anywhere..the rangers will over pay and be stuck with the often injured captain and cap trouble.

  12. bull dog line on

    over payed a bit? he is over payed right now. 6×6 is to much for his game. if he really wants to stay he will take 6×6. much like Girardi wanted to stay. Girardi of course took a fair market deal. where as Cally is looking for every last dime.
    I usually root for the players in theses situations, but with Cally his demands are absurd. I hope the Rangers trade him or let him walk to Buffalo, where he will never be heard from again. disgusted by him.

  13. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    Intangibles deserve reward. It’s just a matter of how much. Cally does things, currently, that others don’t. Holy roll up your sleeves, Batman.

    $6 or more for 6 is overpaying. But i’d rather overpay someone that is repeated and loved by most fans, home grown, and a respectable leader in the locker room than a fly-by-night, non -defense playing Richards. I can deal with the former, not the latter.

    He drove a hard bargain if he gets resigned. He will be making a bit more than he should. He better stay healthy and deliver.

    But he is OUR player. Good or bad. Smart signing or not, good move or not, there something to loyalty and identity.

  14. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    Look forward to it being over today, cut and move forward.




  15. bull dog line on

    so now Cally is being loyal with his absurd demands. stop. Cally right now is about one of two things. greed, or getting to Buffalo. one may lead to the other.

  16. Trading deadline day..the NHLs gift to the Canadian radio and TV sport stations and of course…blogs everywhere that hockey breathes. ilb is right….Cally is oyr Captain…and the team has been class B level competitive which was beyond our early expectation the past two years. He does get maybe many fans would be happier with an 80% effort and better health. But based on how this sport operates..he deserves a raise and we should bench Richards today..amd all will be well. If we picked up a player today like Cally..we would be happy..therefore we should be ecstatic if he signs an extension.


  17. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    BTW, this distraction does not free Sather from making some moves that make sense.

    We still have so many needs that have not been addressed. Remember at the beginning of the season we talked of a lack of playable toughness? Elite scoring? A point playing defenseman with a booming shot (MacD may be that)? A crease clearing defenseman? Someone, anyone, who can be a deterrent for the big boys that push us around (Lucic, etc)?

    Where are they?

    Please don’t mortgage the future with that ONE move that will get us over the top on deadline day. once again, we are so far from it, it doesn’t make sense. Thanks to your GREAT work, Mr. Sather.


  18. We all sit here and worry about someone else’s money. If the cap situation eases, as expected, then this contract shouldn’t be a problem. I don’t think this is going to be a “he got his , now I want mine” situation. I really don’t. It’s a business and players understand that. Agents maybe not. This isn’t baseball where that $25 million a year player needs $30 million next time around because his once best contract has been passed by. This is a different sport with a salary cap. I say sign Cally for whatever is fair for both sides and move on. If not, get max back in a trade.

  19. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    Statsny’s comment in Denver Post today:

    “Everybody knows how the business works,” Stastny said. “You can obviously go somewhere and get more money somewhere else. But if you have something good and you want to stick with it, that hometown discount is obviously something that everyone’s aware of and is important to do. You want both sides to be happy. You don’t want to [mistreat] the team and you want the team to be put in a good situation where they can kind of compete down the road as well.”

    That’s what has so many of us appreciating Girardi’s gentlemanly ways, and making us feel Callahan is a pig.

    Thank you, Mr. Stastny!!

  20. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    But how much of Callahan’s behavior is engendered by a mean-spirited, stubborn, cigar chomped?

  21. No matter what happens today, I want to say the following sentence outloud just for posterity …


    … that’s the kind of team we are right now. Awful.

  22. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    Oh, goodie. Another mortgage the future for a 38 year old pygmie. Multiple draft picks?? Great!!

    Go for it now, despite the fact we are not even close.

    MSL is the deal Anaheim does, Chicago, Boston, Pitt.

    Not us.

  23. Trade the rest of there draft picks for St. Louis. Lol.

    No guarantee we make playoffs 1st of all

  24. Lousy internet in Turks and Caicos. I’m relying on your comments, tough to go back and forth looking at the widget.

  25. BTW, that shot of Brad Park was taken when he was in his teens? Yikes, he looks like a baby-faced kid!

  26. I wouldn’t be surprised if BR has the boss’ ear on MSL…scary! Agree with you on that one, Matty

  27. I like Cally not less then guy next to me (who is my son wearing his jersey), but with all his tangibles and intangibles he is just NOT worth it. You don’t pay 3rd liner (and he is, – a good one), $6mil+.Period. And for all those mathematical substantiations about needed raise – in this case, he is not a permanently appreciated real estate, but rather depreciating, beaten up, high mileage car – nothing fancy, but still good for ride. But you don’t pay for Chevy Cadillac price.
    Sorry Cally and loving loyalists.

  28. If rangers trade Kreider mcdonagh god forbid in trade for St. Louis I will freak especially mcdonagh I give up my season tix

  29. It wouldn’t shock me if THE Kreider goes for MSL.

    It’s written in the stars … that Sather is an ultimate-clown.

    Give them JT Miller. That’s good enough.

  30. What we forget is that Sather may be sitting there (in his bathtub, with a cigar) saying to himself, “Hey, I’m about to croak anyways, what the hell …”

  31. RangerSwedigian on

    Anyone know where I can watch that TradeCenter thingy in Europeanpansyland?

  32. bull dog line on

    you really believe that 11 goals makes you a 2nd line player. 11 goals plus intangibles make you a top end 3rd liner. that is what Cally is. a top 3rd liner. he is the 3rd RW on the Rangers. Nash, and the teams leading scorer in Zucc ahead of him.

  33. Stranger Nation on

    There is a UFA over the summer we should pick up.
    Not a great goal scorer, more of a heart and soul guy; has only scored 20 goals 3X at 29 yrs old.
    Plays the body, but doesn’t inflict much pain because he is 5’10” 180 lbs and rarely throws checks after the 1st period. He is great on PK and awesome shot blocking forward. Never fights, at least not without hurting himself.
    Tends to miss games because of style of play so you never know he may break down.

    His asking price is $6MM per for 6 years…should we sign him?
    Remember, he has GREAT intangibles…

  34. Even if you want to say “lets only look at goals … and only current year …”, he still in the 40s. He’s a 2nd line winger unless you’re looking at Team USA or something.

  35. Chris Stewart, Stranger? Oh boy do I want us to trade assets for Chris Stewart, who “likes to play physical”, and trade Callahan out. That’s going to make us a better team!

  36. Stranger Nation on

    Don’t forget the $1MM per year in hazard pay having to play on the same line as Richards. 5v5 PK

  37. That means we have depth or that you really believe in Zucc or whatever, it doesn’t mean he’s a 3rd liner, as stated above (and ad nauseum previously). Ryan Kesler won’t suddenly be labeled, for valuation purposes, a 3C if Pittsburgh gets him, right?

  38. So looks like Brodeur has asked for a trade. Rangers have made an offer for St. Louis (the player not the city). And the Ducks are going crazy today.

  39. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Cally Richards Hags is a third line and a good one either – largely due to the white pony…..

  40. RangerSwedigian on

    Should’ve suspended todays training sessions so that I could follow the deadline all day…. Lesson to be learned for next year….

  41. Fine, eric. If it happens I will personally do something that not only gets me fired from my job and disbarred but gets me jailed.


  42. Does your trade request have anything to do with the lack of BBQ in New Jersey? #AskBrodeur

  43. Does the list of teams you would accept a trade to include actual teams or just a list of foods you enjoy? #AskBrodeur

  44. ?@NHLRumorsDaily As per @incarceratedbob, Tampa has approached Marty St. Louis with a opportunity to waive his NTC

    iBob is back!

  45. How many men and/or machines does it take to actually physically move you before the deadline? #AskBrodeur

  46. _Should’ve suspended todays training sessions so that I could follow the deadline all day_

    I was instructing in Alabama the day Mike Shula’s firing from U of A went down and they told me to just stop the class now and double up the next day. Good advice.

  47. Happy Deadline Day!

    If they wouldn’t trade Stepan for Kesler, they won’t trade McD or THE for anyone, especially MSL.

  48. Robby Bonfire on

    No way to win when you either sign a brittle player for too many years, or trade him + futures for an old hobbit who won’t amount to spit, in two years. What a corner to paint yourself into. Nice going, Mr. Smoke Rings.

  49. I wonder how this works with Sather negotiating the Callahan contract. Are the assistants working the phones fielding trade offers? I assume they had meetings about who they’d target and who they’re willing to give up. Assuming Sather has been awake at some point.

  50. I would hope that, at this point, the Rangers have given Callahan and his agent a final offer, and turned their attention to the phones which includes trading Callahan.

  51. Doubt we get St. Louis today. Just like how it happened with Nash, Sather will wait until the offseason and get him at his price.

  52. It sounds like the sellers haven’t yet realized that there are a lot of assets in play. Prices should start coming down soon.

  53. _I would hope that, at this point, the Rangers have given Callahan and his agent a final offer, and turned their attention to the phones which includes trading Callahan._

    I think I read or heard the opposite, Callahan’s side has come down and its up to NYR to sign or move him.

  54. Cam Ward might be on the block. Which would mean Brodeur could head down to Carolina and eat BBQ for breakfast.

  55. Stranger Nation on

    Cally should become true Blue Sather Era Ranger today – overpaid injury risk with his best years behind him.

  56. Maple Leafs are making some serious recalls as are the Carolina Hurricanes. Could be a prelude.

  57. _Doubt we get St. Louis today. Just like how it happened with Nash, Sather will wait until the offseason and get him at his price._

    Lets hope it doesn’t work out like the Nash trade has.

  58. ThisYearsModel on

    This is a big day. How much damage can Sather do to our coming draft pick stable?

  59. MSL is has a .93 PPG average over his career. His average the last seven season is actually higher than his career at 1.1 PPG. The guy can flat out score and set up goals, and is signed reasonably through next year.

    I wouldn’t bid against myself, but I’m not saying “no” because of his size.

  60. Doodie Machetto on

    Ha, love that ilb is complaining about the wifi in Turks and Caicos. Woe is he!

    Anyone know where I can grab the Sportsnet feed online?

  61. I would be pretty happy if we get St. Louis. Honestly, if we want to take a run at a cup in the next two seasons we need a guy like that.

  62. “I would be pretty happy if we get St. Louis. Honestly, if we want to take a run at a cup in the next two seasons we need a guy like that.”


  63. Look, how long do we think Henrik will be this good? 3, 4 years?

    If so, you DO need MLS-like players in your stable.

  64. Doodie Machetto on

    I’m not saying he isn’t a great player, but it’s not worth the price. We aren’t a St. Louis away from competing. We’re a St. Louis and a Stamkos away. And I don’t see us getting a Stamkos.

  65. bull dog line on

    if Cally was as talented as the guys you mentioned Gravy, you might have something, but since he’s not, you have nothing.

  66. I disagree.

    We are a MSL, a sizeable forward, and “luck” away from winning.

    If some of these clowns decide to step up in the playoffs, we could make it to the big show.

  67. I think we are more like a St. Louis and some size on the back end away from competing.

  68. Brady skeji could be decent for us in future. We have nothing in Hartford I feel will turn into a good nhl player top 6 forward. Lindbergh kristo doubt it.

    We never draft well. Hugh jessiman draft I will never get over.

    Passing over cam fowler

  69. We’re not a contender now and still won’t be with St. Louis. He’s under contract for a year that’s a big plus not a ufa.

    I see us giving a. 2nd rounder for hemsky

  70. it’s a game of chicken now…Callahan will fold at 6 mil / 6 yr and the drama will be over.

    he’s got it too good here…that extra year in Buffalo means nothing in the end

  71. MSL would make us significantly better, no doubt. But enough with giving up 1st round picks. Especially when you know NY is the only place he can get traded.

  72. I bet Bolland is going to be a nice pickup somewhere. Nonis seems like the type who would _need to get something_ and not properly value Bolland’s value over the rest of the season.

  73. ?@Proteautype Just heard from a prominent agent who said these three lesser-mentioned names could move today: Jiri Tlusty, Marek Zidlicky and Tuomo Ruutu.

  74. Tlusty for a 3rd (2nd ?) would be a perfectly fine deal for me. Low risk, nice reward.

  75. No problem, bull dog. The trade deadline is stressful. I was making a point about those who wouldn’t take MSL because he is small.

  76. Lets make it 4 #2s for the guy who said he wants to come to NY or go nowhere. Maybe 5.

  77. Wouldn’t Tampa Bay really, really want some Defensive help? We have some of that. Give them that Stralman guy.

  78. Sather has made a shift away from Eastern European players with a preference for American players. That seems to be his “plan” the last few years. I don’t expect any Eastern Europeans to be brought in.

    The question is what do the Rangers need to add to Callahan, to get St. Louis? I’d do Callahan and Miller for St. Louis in a heartbeat.

  79. Yeah, flip the -Staal- wonderful family script and then we can sign them all. And then they won’t concuss each other.

  80. _The question is what do the Rangers need to add to Callahan, to get St. Louis? I’d do Callahan and Miller for St. Louis in a heartbeat._

    That’s horrific. Glen Sather would call you insane.

  81. Looks like Pitt and Anaheim for Kesler. Phil looks to be out.

    Stay west Kesler or stay in Vancouver.

  82. Stranger Nation on

    Jordan Staal (C) 25 yrs old signed for $6MM per for next 8 seasons – using “circular Cap Increase Cally logic”, he will be a bargain starting in 2 years.
    Fills a major gap on roster.

  83. Trade deadline is great isn’t it? A whole day where millions of people wait to see if fathers, husbands, and sons will be forced to move from their homes, away from their family and friends, to a strange new city in order to help a group of strangers win a plastic trophy.

  84. If it takes more than Callahan, a high pick or two, or some B prospects (do we have any A prospects?), then there’s no need to make the MSL trade.

  85. I would welcome Jordan staal in heartbeat.

    This ranger team biggest need is centers. We can’t compete with Pitt and Boston without size and skill down the middle.

  86. St. Louis would instantly be the best player on our team this year and next, while getting rid of Callahan’s potentially albatross disaster contract and while Miller is a decent prospect, he’s nothing special.

    I don’t see Miller being a top 6 player

  87. Doodie

    It’s a start. Unless we can get better center play to compete vs Crosby Malkin Bergeron krejci we don’t stand a chance.

  88. You know what would be cool? Not being the dumping ground for big name outsiders who already have or are getting huge deals. Nash, Richards, a billion before them, Ehrhoff rumors, J. Staal, I’m sure there’s more. Hold the line on Callahan but then lets bring in all these grass-is-greener guys whose teams are done with them.

  89. Want to have some fun? Look at Patrice Bergeron’s career arc and tell me how quickly most of this board would have been screaming that we need to trade Patrice Bergeron. Oh my god would he have been traded a lot.

    2003-2004: 16-23-39 (71 games)
    2005-2006: 31-42-73 (81 games)
    2006-2007: 22-48-70 (77 games)
    2007-2008: 3-4-7 (10 games)
    2008-2009: 8-31-39 (64 games)
    2009-2010: 19-33-52 (73 games)
    2010-2011: 22-35-57 (80 games)
    2011-2012: 22-42-64 (81 games)
    2012-2013: 10-22-32 (42 games)
    2013-2014: 17-22-39 (61 games)

    Really key on 2008. Oh boy. “He’ll never be healthy!” “31 goals was a fluke!” “We need goals!” “I love goals!”

    We would have traded Bergeron here sooooooo hard.

  90. And after Bergeron got injured in the playoffs the NYR fans would have been going nuts that he’s “injury prone”

  91. @NHLonTSN Jermain Franklin reports that Flames prospects Max Reinhart and Corban Knight just walked into the building. Something brewing? #TradeCentre

  92. Interesting point about Bergeron, Mister D. But maybe we wouldn’t be screaming “Trade!” if he had the heart and soul of a Ranger.

    I hope *Sather Claus* gets us something really nice, and not coal like last year. I’ve been a good boy I tell ya!

  93. Rob in Beantown on

    I’m listening to TSN! They just did the Bryz song and Luongo’s on the phone!

  94. I read that players get called up now because you’re limited to four after the deadline.

  95. Stranger Nation on

    Glad we have smart people on the board who know much more than everyone else and are not afraid to provide all with their amazing insights and shine the spotlight on others’ stupidity…

  96. Also fun on the Bergeron comp is that he scored 31, signed a huge deal then scored 33 over the next 150. We would have screamed about his heart and how he just wanted the money and how we should dump trade him for nothing.

  97. Is there really evidence that Tampa would want Callahan as part of a deal? Why wouldnt they want THE or Hagelin or Brassard instead, seeing as how Callahan will not wind up signing with them after this season anyway (no way will Yzerman pay him)

  98. Of course Cally will be at the morning skate, we have a game tonight and he’s still on the team as of right now.

    Still gotta trade him

  99. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    MSL has 2 great years left.

    MSL for THE, McD, and Cally. Give Brassard the C

  100. Doodie Machetto on

    Bergeron is also one of the top 3 defensive forwards in the league. Stepan and Callahan are nowhere near that.

  101. Peter, Tampa probably wants that, but why offer them since MSL has made it clear its NYR or nowhere? Why bid against yourself?

  102. _Peter, Tampa probably wants that, but why offer them since MSL has made it clear its NYR or nowhere? Why bid against yourself?_

    Right? Put out a standing offer of a pool of prospect from them to pick from plus a 2nd and if they want to call it in, they call it in. Topping your own bid against no one is goofy.

  103. Exactly. I’d really be happy to get MSL, but if it takes Hagelin and Miller, what’s the point? The Rangers need MSL’s skill in *addition* to the players they have.

  104. Doodie Machetto on

    If St. Louis comes to the Rangers, I propose his nickname here be Marty McFly.

  105. Doodie Machetto on

    If it’s Hagelin and Miller straight up for St. Louis, I make that deal. No question. Miller is going to be a great third liner, and Hagelin just doesn’t have the skill to match his speed.

  106. I would not trade Hagelin for MSL, but I would trade Miller.

    Miller is not a top 9 player on this current team, nor does he look the part as a future top 6 player. As currently constructed, Miller is in Prucha land, not in the lineup so getting rid of him does not hurt our current team at all.

    Essentially our team is exactly the same, but we swap Callahan for MSL. That makes us 100% better than we are right now.

  107. Wicky©Carp jinxed my macbook! on

    I bet we move skjel today….maybe we could trade him for matteau

  108. Miller forecasts as easy top 9 on this roster and at a low cost. That’s wildly important.

  109. I am not remotely suggesting we should offer Tampa anything. I’m just pointing out that I’d expect them to want more than we, behind our little keyboards, are surmising.

  110. The Rangers brass are high on Miller – rightly so, hes a 20 yr old who can handle 3rd line duty and should blossom into a good 2nd liner in the next few years.

  111. Michael Russo ?@Russostrib 52s

    I’m hearing now Gaborik to #lakings is a done deal. Don’t know for what

    here we go.

  112. Exactly, MrD. And it won’t be in Colorado, unless he wants to be paid $7M and play at 3rd line center position. And if O’Reilly is moved to his natural center position, make it 4th line center.

  113. ThisYearsModel on

    So many kids and draft picks to trade……
    So little time…………

    Glen Sather

  114. So this means Vanek has nowhere to go but Anaheim or San Jose. So let’s get a move on people.

  115. Michael Russo ?@Russostrib 1m

    Hate to backtrack on Twitter (always fun), but now told Gaborik to #lakings is not quite done deal. Source is close to Gaborik tho

  116. No to Statsny.

    we don’t need another high priced player who disappears for long stretches of games like -Nash-


  117. @TSNBobMcKenzie Hearing Marty St. Louis to NYR has really ramped up and may be much closer to reality. Stay tuned. #Tradecentre

  118. Bob McKenzie ?@TSNBobMcKenzie 1m

    Hearing Marty St. Louis to NYR has really ramped up and may be much closer to reality. Stay tuned. #Tradecentre


  119. Oh my god, they’re saying Callahan and “significant draft picks”. Sather can’t suck this bad.

  120. “Ok boys, St. Louis said he’ll only come here so it looks like Tampa has all the leverage now. We’re going to have to seriously up our offer,” Glen Sather said, his head buried in his own ass.

  121. “Miller forecasts as easy top 9 on this roster and at a low cost. That’s wildly important.”

    Yea who in our top 9 comes out of the lineup when Zucc comes back, if Miller stays in the lineup?

    The only chance Miller has to play on this team is
    (1) as an injury replacement
    (2) on the 4th line over both Dorsett and Carcillo

    If his ceiling is what Hagelin currently is now, then you can get that production on the FA market just like we did with Pouliot…

  122. Erik Erlendsson ?@erlendssonTBO 1m

    McKenzie reporting that St. Louis to NYR is close, would be Callahan and significant draft picks coming back

    Tampa beat writer.

    Mckenzie saying: Callahan + picks on TSN.

  123. >>Cally and multiple picks oh boy.

    For a guy who’s close to 40 years of age. That is SCARY!

  124. _Yea who in our top 9 comes out of the lineup when Zucc comes back, if Miller stays in the lineup?_

    I’d rather him over Hags and Pouliot. Brassard might not be here long term. Zucc may not. Cally may not. Richards getting bought out. Long term, its a real bad idea to trade Miller.

  125. Retire Brad Park's #2 on

    Like Mike Johnson said, you’re getting a better (albeit older) player with a manageable contract and term with St. Louis. And when we release Richards, we’ll have some payroll flexibility.

    I am grateful for everything Cally did, but let’s do this.

  126. This is going to be Sather’s ridiculous masterpiece. Your captain and 1st round pick(s???) for a 38 year old who has said he will only go to your team. This might be worse than Nash, even when we thought it could be Kreider.

  127. Cannot believe they are trading our captain to Tampa.

    And I guess Boomer Esiason told us this 10 days ago.

  128. Wicky©Carp jinxed my macbook! on

    I would also think that they make another deal where we add other players with size if the cally msl deal goes through…we lose toughness (small toughness) in cally…must add more

  129. _Because it IS a horrible deal for Tampa. But the experts here will tell you otherwise._

    If a 38 year old says he wants out and only wants to go to one place and you get real assets, your GM did a great job.

  130. bull dog line on

    if Cally is traded, it is on Cally. 5×6 was more than fair, and 6×6 was a huge overpay. all this tells you is he wanted out. wanted to go to Buffalo.

  131. What assets? It’s a first round pick + a couple of other pick plus a guy that will not resign in Tampa.

    Oh and that 38 year old, look at his stats.

  132. Agree, bull dog. We could probably still re-sign Callahan after the season when he realizes his actual value.

  133. Sather Must Go! on

    Rangers cannot afford to give up draft picks for 38 year old players without some youth coming back

  134. Bottom line is if Callahan didnt want to sign 6 for 6 he didnt really want to be here.

    there’s where you’ll find him in 4 months.

  135. I really don’t think this is that bad.

    Put it this way: Callahan for 6 years would mean 3-4 good seasons and 2-3 bad ones.

    St. Louis can have another 3 good seasons. So it’s a similar idea and he’s cheaper because of his age.

  136. This is the worst. This might be worse than what I thought the worst that could happen today was.

  137. Please make this not true…but…

    if it is; could we put Zucc and MSL on a line with Boyle which would = Nintendo Ice Hockey two of the little squirt guys and one of the huge guys.

  138. Retire Brad Park's #2 on

    Worse than the Nash trade how?

    I’m still having a hard time justifying signing Callahan for the years and money he wants. He’s a heart and soul guy, but not for $6M + and six years.

    Trading him will get us a player who can contribute now, and we’ll be able to use Callahan and Richards’ salaries ($13 + million) on some decent free agents.

  139. This reminds me of when the Broncos traded their captain plus their 1st plus their 2nd for Peyton Manning who might be the best QB in NFL history OH WAIT NO THEY DIDN’T THEY JUST LET INDY LET HIM GO AND THEN SIGNED HIM BECAUSE LEVERAGE ISN’T REALLY THE TOUGHEST THING IN THE WORLD TO UNDERSTAND I AM GOING TO DIE BOYS I AM LITERALLY GOING TO DIE …

  140. Wicky©Carp jinxed my macbook! on

    Id still love mcginn from the avs or ruutu from carolina…who’s contract is cheaper than cally’s btw

  141. I’m not as sad about the Callahan part as I am a 1st and 2nd. It makes them a better team today, but wouldn’t they be better off using those two picks to acquire 2 players (since they’re not 1 away)?

  142. Wicky©Carp jinxed my macbook! on

    I would have went 5 mil for 6 or even 5.5 for 6 on cally, I just feel like anything more is over priced…

  143. I think not trading Cally is probably good for the whole league…. assuming no one else would throw money his way. But I can see the Oilers needing a Cally.

  144. Its only going to get worse when guys like Moulson and/or Vanek go for the equivalent of just that 1st and 2nd. This is just brutal bad. I might have to leave.

  145. Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away, now it looks as though they’re here to stay, send Callahan to Tampa Bay.

  146. Yea but who knows what we move next? Maybe we get a 2nd rounder back or something by moving Boyle or some other UFA

  147. I’d trade Cally and a 2nd rounder for MSL. Possibly first. It’s not like our scouting has been great lately.

  148. Retire Brad Park's #2 on

    Gravy – I agree about the picks. I look forward to the draft and always hope we get an unpolished gem like Lundqvist.

    But our recent history hasn’t been great, and every time I see Cam Fowler interviewed I grind my teeth.

    A deal with the devil, I know….

  149. I don’t mind trading Callahan, not worth the years and money but I have a problem with giving up a 1st round pick for a 38 year old who won’t be playing in 2 years.

  150. CraigWeather on

    Ask yourself this- 1) are we winning the cup this year or next?
    2) Are we mortgaging part of our future with this grand delusion that MSL makes us an instant contender?

    I just don’t get it, Sather! This guy is such a hack! Trade Cally for Stewart at least…. A big body with a nose for the net and he’s YOUNG!!!!!

    I HATE our dumb GM.

    This move will screw our future up unless we trade others for draft picks coming back…

  151. They only saving grace is that next year’s draft is supposed to be much deeper, so trading 2014 picks may not be as bad.

  152. @LavoieRenaud: Confirming Martin St-Louis is traded to the Rangers for Ryan Callahan. #lightning #tvasports

    That’s that

  153. ThisYearsModel on

    Look at the bright side…………..once again none of us will have to waste our time watching the NHL draft. Once again, our #1 pick will have been discarded. This time, for a 39 YO player. We now have 2 lines with pygmies on the wings. That will work.

  154. I think this is a good deal considering but I still need to go cry and throw up.

  155. I really can’t believe this. Callahan for Chris Stewart would have actually been a good result because our picks would be safe. Pretend contenders.

  156. MSL averaging 1.1 PPG the last 7 seasons, and over a PPG in the playoffs in his career.

  157. Martin St. Louis is fantastic. Instantly the best forward on our team. Instantly. By a long, long mile.

    But I want to puke. Badly.

  158. I see that it’s Cally and a 1st. So, that’s a good move.

    @NHLRumorsDaily Cally 1st and a pick is what I’m hearing. St. Louis back to NYR

  159. TheMessiah11 on

    Thank god we did not pull the trigger on that albatross deal for Cally. I wish him well.


  161. Sather Must Go! on

    so, now the Rangers are even smaller up front…didn’t think that was possible

  162. This team is better now by a good margin, no doubt. Not upset about Callahan since it sounds he wasn’t going to resign here, bull dog was right. I just can’t believe that adding a first rounder was a necessity. I guess Yzerman isn’t Howson.

  163. Oh my god, its the next 1st. This right here is what happens when the GM has zero concern for long-term viability.

  164. Maybe Stewart would be better, but this is a very good return. MSL has always produced and will help our PP a lot. Possibly staying more than this current contract. I’m glad calmly is out. Sorry, but his best days are over. He’s going to be a top 3rd liner in Tampa.

  165. sather is taking lessons from the knicks. keep throwing away those 1st round picks as you go nowhere in time and have no future.

  166. @Gravy
    I was just about to post the PPG in the playoffs.

    I realize it’s not apples to apples comparison as teams play different styles, but MSL has not been a playoff bust in any of his playoff appearances.

    The other thing to note is this his playoff points aren’t just assists… he’s about 50/50 in terms of goals/assists in his playoff appearances.

  167. bull dog line on

    sorry to see him go, but it is his own fault. over valued himself, and left the Rangers no choice.

  168. Sather Must Go! on

    hate it.. don’t mind trading Cally; but this team is in desperate need of size and youth… we traded for the exact opposite, no matter how good St Louis is..

  169. Look forward to Callahan flopping elsewhere while scoring critical goal after goal against the Rangers.

    A first and second round pick? I hear Glen Sather is in the Hall of Fame but surely that can’t be true.

  170. Pierre LeBrun

    Told that Callahan camp went down even further close to $6 million a year, still north of it though, but that NMC was big issue too

  171. Sounds like we get a conditional pick back if Callahan signs in Tampa Bay, which he won’t.

  172. so I don’t particularly care about the size issue, size does not necessarily beget toughness but we do take a physical engagement step down with this trade.

    if we all assume Cally wasn’t going to resign here this summer because of his ludicrous contract demands, then this trade to me breaks down as

    2014 cally and a 2nd for st louis – aka an offense upgrade for a playoff push?
    2015 st louis for a 1st a 1st for a rental?

    I’m trying to mentally process this, is that good?

  173. Regarding Callahan –

    Love the fact that he was a homegrown talent, came through our farm system, etc. Love his style of play – aggressive, give 100% every shift, plays the game the right way.

    It’s just really tough to swallow spending 6 million a year on a forward who doesn’t score very much. Yes, he does all the little things, is a stalwart in his own end, and we are absolutely going to miss that (remember Prust?) and have to replace this hole, but spending 6 mil on him for the next 6 years just didn’t seem prudent.

  174. Retire Brad Park's #2 on


    so consumed by his own ego, he can’t see that he’s now one of the worst goaltenders in the NHL.

    so he thinks he’ll get MORE playing time with a contender?

    WOW. Just when I thought his head couldn’t get any bigger.

  175. I’m going to type this so that when I come back to this thread in a year, it will be clear how I felt:

    Callahan for MSL is a no brainer. Callahan and a 2nd would have been fair. Adding the 2015 1st just kills this for me. I want to be happy, but I’m not.

  176. Agree, eric. We are not done. Have to make some more moves. We need to get some picks back but I think Gazdic, Engelland and Moulson are necessities now.

  177. It’s getting better!

    More details: the 2nd-rounder in 2014 to Tampa becomes a 1st if NYR gets to conf final; if Callahan re-signs in TB (con’td)

  178. If MSL stays a couple more year past this contract. This trade will be well worth it. He was toe to toe with backes last night. Size isn’t going to be a problem, and with sellane, and jäger showing production beyond 40. It’s very possible he signs a couple more years.

  179. Cally was not worth over $6m and we just acquired a guy who is our new leading scorer and probably will be for another 2 years!
    Good move.

  180. MD, would like to apologize if my last couple of posts felt like personal attacks on you.

  181. Braunschweiger on

    This is gunna devastate all the bromances in that locker room. The only happy one will be Horse Tooth and tonight they get slaughtered cuz they won’t be able to see through the tears.

  182. ThisYearsModel on

    Not upset about losing Cally at the rate he was demanding. Am upset about throwing away another #1 pick. That’s the McDavid draft. Imagine if we end up in the lottery.

  183. it’s just weird that St. Louis wanted so badly to come here.

    is there really that much bad blood over the stupid Olympics snub??? there has to be much more there. if not, kind of worries me about this guy’s character.

  184. I would rather lose Cally for nothing than give him 6/6. This trade is awesome. Window is closing on Hank in prime.

  185. Since the 2nd rounder this year can conditionally become a 1st, I guess they don’t have this year’s 1st to trade.

  186. @DonLagreca Hate to give up picks but the @NYRangers have good young players in the system and a team that is in win now mode with a 32 year old goalie.

  187. Figure the Rangers will be getting a big, shutdown defenseman, 60-70 goal/year scorer, and a dynamic power play quarterback before the day is done.

    Might lose Hagelin in the process?

  188. I don’t like the draft picks either, but again, it looks like Sather’s plan is to win in the next two years. Now, I agree, he needs to find some size with talent. He does that, and I really think there’s a chance for this.

    So who’s the new Captain?

  189. Retire Brad Park's #2 on

    It’s getting worse by the update….

    If we make the conference finals this year, Tampa gets out first round pick in ’14 and ’15.


  190. >>it’s just weird that St. Louis wanted so badly to come here.

    Frankly, I don’t trust those types of players.

  191. _Sather’s plan is to win in the next two years._

    They need to make the playoffs this year to have a shot, and that’s not a given.

  192. Always liked St. Louis and glad he will be not scoring for us wearing a Rangers sweater.

  193. According to TSN’s website, it’s a 1st rounder in 2015 and a conditional 2nd rounder this year. I would imagine that condition is the one mentioned above.

    I don’t have the broadcast up here at work.

  194. that Martin St.Louis is nearly 39 years old yet still has nearly 20 more points than the Rangers leading scorer means he’s an upgrade. but that he’s nearly 39 years old and fetched Callahan and potentially 2 first round picks means Glen Sather is a moron.

  195. Well I hope cally’s agent didn’t screw up his future, but I have a hard time seeing him make anywhere near 6mill. I know buffalo mentioned they would, but it’s a different story during free agency were there will be many similar players.

  196. On the bright side, the Rangers are somehow an even faster team right now.

    but, I think there’s another move to be made.

  197. Can’t get here fast enough…

    Katie Strang
    #NYR Marty St. Louis is possible to play tonight vs. TOR. Trying to get to NY

  198. Oh absolutely we have to win the Cup now within 3-4 years. This is the WIN NOW mode and it should be. Not when Lundqvist will be 35+.

  199. Sather Must Go! on

    I don’t ubderstand the picks, granted the Rangers didn’t have a ton of leverage; but St Louis gave Yzerman NO leverage by saying he would ONLY go to NY.. how do they give up a First in what is suppose to be a very deep draft??

  200. So we just traded a guy with 25 points in 45 games (who will only possibly play 20 games for his new team) for a guy who is on pace for an 80 point season (possibly 40 goals) and has another year left on his contract (and has shown no signs of dropping off) – for a cap hit $0.5m less than we would have been paying Callahan?

    …and we are complaining about draft picks being included which lets face it arent going to yield us anything other than 3rd liners or AHL players probably. Meh!

    Good trade Slatsmeister!

  201. MSL should be able to fly here for the game tonight. I believe he is stil in Missouri.

  202. Gravy, while not a given they make the playoffs, do they have a better chance to do so today than yesterday? I say yes.

  203. Wicky©Carp jinxed my macbook! on

    I give the C to OPG…if he gets it over staal, does that mean staal is gone this summer?

  204. If they could get Brassard and Co. here, they can get St. Louis here.

    Girardi should be the Capt.

  205. Sioux…. Sioux? I’m on a plane but…. Just saying Marty!!! And not the fat Marty…

  206. Hockey Central ?@SNHockeyCentral 11m

    .@KevinWeekes spoke to Martin St. Louis. Very emotional upon hearing news.

  207. Agree, steve.

    Also agree with UK on the C. Makes sense to give it to one of the guys that -definitely- most likely be here the next five years.

  208. Dubinsky leaving ripped out my emotional core. Prust leaving ripped out my heart. I would think that I’m hollow now but Callahan leaving has ripped out my soul.

  209. bull dog line on

    to me, the only negative in this trade is Richards. does this now mean they don’t buy him out?

  210. I do like MSL. He’s a world class talent who should give opposing teams à lot more to worry about compared to greed-a-han. Besides, our other smurf is the leading scorer on this team. We could sure use him on the power play too where the boys have been winning & losing games.

  211. “Also agree with UK on the C. Makes sense to give it to one of the guys that definitely most likely be here the next five years.”

    Give it to St. Louis then, since Slats Revere will probably offer him a four year contract extension at $8 million per.

  212. I assume AV will leave the line intact, and that MSL will start with Richards and Hagelin (unless there are other deals).

  213. Think About it on

    First round picks are no guarantee (montoya del zotto, sanguinetti, mcilrath?) and 2nd rounders def are not a sure thing. St louis is. I also like the fact its a 2015 first b/c we didnt have a first last year so it spreads the age of our prospect pool.

    Also not signing Cally to that contract will be huge down the road. Those numbers looked waaay worse to me than this trade does. You have to take these things into account looking into these deals.

    St louis has more goals than anyone on the rangers, more assists than anyone on the rangers, totaling 17 more points than any other ranger.

  214. Callahan stinks and always has. Good riddance. This means that Richards will likely be with us following this season. Excellent news. If the choice is between Richards and Callahan, I choose Richards every time.

  215. Bob McKenzie ? @TSNBobMcKenzie 43s
    #Rangers have traded C. Kreider, J.T. Miller and 2016 1st to #Detroit for rights to N. Lidstrom. Escalates to include 2017 and 2018 1st rounders if Lidstrom returns initial phone call.

  216. Let’s hope we don’t make it to CF so we don’t give up 1st rounder…

    geez…thw wau we draft and by the time any of the two picks we gave up develop, Hank will be 70 years old. We can always get picks back but can’t always get a player like Marty. I say, good deal for us.

  217. I have thought about it…and I agree…this move will open other doors..that said–I wished he was still the song goes….”See You In Spetember–See You When the Summer’s Through!”

  218. My simple take on this trade was Cally pushed the envelope too far & it became a thorn up Sather’s ass. Also, Sather wants to make the play-offs and in the short term we now now have our 2nd pure scorer. Need a little more bulk in our line-up b4 3pm

  219. ThisYearsModel on

    For the short term, the Richards line has been significantly upgraded. I expect that Stralman is going today, and maybe Boyle. The Klein upgrade to the 2nd pairing seems to indicate that Stralman could be going and maybe McIlrath or Allen move up.

  220. I would definitely slot MSL in with Hags and Richie and leave the other lines intact for now.

  221. St. Louis and brad Richards were awesome together in Tampa. Albeit a while ago, but if they can retain that chemistry look out.

  222. Cory Stillman popped 25 on that Lightning Cup team too. Maybe we can trade our 2016 1st to whatever company he works for to bring him in.

  223. This is really frustrating but i am now finishing work and have a 2.5hr drive to get home. I dread to think what’s going to happen by the time i get home and open up the blog again!!

    On the plus side, i will definately be watching the game tonight on Gamecenter (or if blacked out some strange Russky website!)

    TTFN for now Boneheads. Stay Strong Amigos!

  224. as offensive forwards, there’s no comparison. St. Louis is at least twice the offensive force that Callahan is. but you’re losing a lot of shot blocking plus 2 high draft picks for a guy who will be 39 years old in 3 months. don’t like that aspect of the trade.

  225. Man, I thought I was ready for Cally’s departure. Said goodbye in my head and made peace with it.

    Unfortunately, this is not the reality. I hate losing our leader for a hired merc…and St Louis has been my # 2 behind Datsyuk for years. I love the guy yet this feels so wrong.

    I guess Cally really didn’t want to be here and I would love to know why someday.

    Stinks like fleece giving up any 1st round picks, let alone 2 potentially.

    So conflicted!!!

  226. Neil Greenberg

    #neverforget MT @SportsnetTicker : last #Rangers captain traded was Messier in 2003 to Sharks for 4th Rd pick. That pick became…Callahan

  227. This team is immediately more fun to watch. And money will bring in the pieces needed to win while Hank is here, so go ahead with getting rid of draft picks for a prolific scorer who has shown no sign of fade.

  228. St. Louis is still a star at 39. Callahan is a third of the player St. Louis is.

  229. Callahan was previously making 4.5 million. Is a 1.5 million raise that much of a stretch for a home grown captain who gives it all every game? When you think of it that way, no way, especially how Sather throws money away on other team’s rejects ( see 9 mil for Richards) . But at same time, Callahan should not have held the team hostage with his demands, especially demanding he gets paid more than Jonathan Toews and Dustin Brown.

  230. Bull dog, I hope not. On Richards, that is.

    Come to think if, Tampa wasn’t going to give up their leading goalscorer for nothing. I know MSL wanted out, doesn’t mean Yzerman had to trade him. Hate to say it, but Callahan was essentially a throw in in this deal, he isn’t staying there. So is MSL for 1st and 2nd that bad? Still something doesn’t feel right.

  231. _Wow – Hags and 2 second round picks seems pretty good now, huh?_

    [laughs through tears]

  232. Stranger Nation on

    Say hello and stomp your feet to your new Ranger Capt: Brad Richards!


  233. I don’t mind getting Martin st. Louis.

    I don’t mind trading Ryan Callahan.

    I don’t mind giving up the draft picks.

    I do mind that all of that happened in one trade. Sather had Steve Yzerman by the short and curlies because MSL was only going to agree to go to the Rangers and every guy on TSN said Yzerman had to deal him.

    Should have swapped the picks for MSL and then used Callahan in another deal to get player(s)/picks. The problem is Sather waited so long to move Callahan that he probably didn’t have the time to do both.

  234. Retire Brad Park's #2 on

    Sorry to disappoint, but Stralman isn’t going anywhere.

    Klein isn’t impressing anyone, and I think we just traded problems with Nashville. I’d move Klein in a minute. I’d even take Eminger back as a #6.

  235. The number one way for a GM to prove he doesn’t know how to build a Cup caliber team in the salary cap era is to literally say “I don’t know how to build a Cup caliber team in the salary cap era”. The number two way for a GM to prove he doesn’t know how to build a Cup caliber team in the salary cap era is to consistently overpay for UFAs and double pay for veterans making at or above their actual value.

  236. How much will Cally make in the off season? I’m going to say 4 mill tops. It’s too bad when you think he could of stayed, and yea I agree that calmly was a throw in. Yzerman knew MSL wanted out, and wanted to get as much back from the Rangers, and he knew MSL was prized right now because of his point production.

  237. ?@LavoieRenaud #flyers are trying to trade Andrek Meszaros who won’t be dress for tonight’s game. #tvasports

  238. I don’t think anyone gets named captain this year. I think the team will go with three alternates with Girardi getting the third “A”.

  239. Corey Pronman

    The value of a late first round pick is about 1 win over contract value for first 7 seasons. You expect MSL to do that vs. his contract….

  240. Stranger Nation on

    Anthony – agree, should have used Cally in another transaction if he was definitely going to trade him

  241. I’m just depressed right now. When Moulson goes for less than just the picks alone, I’m going to be livid.

  242. MD, don’t forget that we traded for *cap space*.

    _Should have swapped the picks for MSL and then used Callahan in another deal to get player(s)/picks._

    Agree with this.

  243. Guys on TSN made a good point, it’s not like Callahan didnt see this coming. If he wasnt willing to come down 250,000 to the Rangers of 6 for 6 he shouldnt be all that surprised to be traded. At that point 250K makes little difference so everything was in his control.

    Holy smokes Brian Burke is a donkey…

  244. Way to commit to youth Sather.
    Maybe he trades picks because he sucks at drafting…

  245. “Old Slats” – Ryan Callahan

    Old Slats look at the ice,
    Didn’t ask a lot from you.
    Old Slats look at the ice,
    Didn’t ask a lot from you.

    Old Slats look at the ice
    Wore 24
    and there’s so much more
    Captain of the team yes that’s right
    It makes me think of two

    Draft picks, on the way,
    Down the coast
    To Tampa Bay
    I’m like a coin that just got sent
    Skating away from you

    Old Slats take a look at the ice
    Didn’t ask a lot from you
    I need someone to pay me
    My earnèd dues
    Ah, one look in my eyes
    You can tell I bled blue

    Sad goodbyes, look in their eyes
    The captain’s gone, the children cry
    Would’ve meant so much to me
    To mean that much to you.

    I’ve blocked shots left and right
    Didn’t want to feel this slight
    But I’m in the sun at last
    Skating away from you

    Old Slats take a look at the ice
    Didn’t ask a lot from you
    I need someone to pay me
    My earnèd dues
    Ah, one look in my eyes
    You can tell I bled blue

    Old Slats look at my life,
    Didn’t ask a lot from you.
    Old Slats look at my life,
    Didn’t ask a lot from you.

  246. I think Cally maybe outsmarted himself here. And it was an unanticipated gaffe by Tampa, dissing MSL, that allowed it. This trade never would have happened in the real world.

  247. Personally while I don’t like Sather I think this whole thing was a gianty CF by Cally’s agent. Way overvalued him based on what some second rate organization in complete disarray (see Lafontaine, Pat) would pay, then got into a staring match. I guarantee you Callahan wanted to stay here in NY and his agent told him to hold on, hold on, wait, we have all the leverage. Sather got PO’ed. Plus if you are Callahan you could have just signed for $36 million in a situation you knew you liked. Instead, you gave up being captain of the NY Rangers and have to pray you dont get injured in the next 20 games.

    I recognize Sather should have dealt with this earlier and much differently to begin with, but Callahan’s agent just blew this. 6 years, 36 million for him is absolutely very fair. No way in hell this is what Callahan wanted to happen or expected. No way.

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