Only a week ago there were talks that New York Rangers’ captain Ryan Callahan was on his way out of New York, but now since that has seemed to be forgotten, will the Rangers make any moves before the NHL March 5th trade deadline? Most likely not.
While many thought that Callahan was not long for the New York spotlight after Rangers’ GM Glen Sather stated that he wanted to resolve the so called “Callahan problem” before the Olympic break, it seems to have been a bluff, as Callahan remains a Ranger and no news of a new contract for the Rangers’ captain has surfaced.
There have been other rumors that the Rangers might try to deal defensemen Dan Girardi or Marc Staal. However, there has been no news of talks between teams for either player, or any Rangers player for that matter.
As of right now, it seems as if both the Rangers front office and the Rangers coaching staff are content with the team they have and how they have been playing of late. With that being said, there should be no blockbuster deals happening in New York this winter, at least from the Rangers.
While many believe that the Rangers should find a real star scorer, they have a few of those, they just have not been putting up their usual numbers this season. While it is obvious that star Rick Nash is underperforming this season, it is less obvious that Derek Stepan is underperforming as a scorer. While Stepan has put up 35 points this season so far, he has only managed 10 goals, something that is mediocre at best for a first-line player. In prep school and the minors, Stepan consistently put up 30-40 goals, now I understand that NHL is much more competitive, but still Stepan should be contributing more goals, especially with the talented players he plays with.
The Rangers do not really have any blaring needs right now, except for more offensive support. They have the players to provide that support, but they have just not played up to their full potential.
At this point, the Rangers will not look to make a blockbuster deal before the trade deadline. If they make any moves at all, it will most likely be for a third- or fourth-line forward, or minor league player.
However, look for the Rangers to have an active off-season, filled with some major moves.