With the March 5 NHL trade deadline right around the corner, many NHL fans are anxious to see if any big-name players will be moved before the deadline. One of the biggest names that has been thrown around in trade rumors is New York Rangers’ Captain Ryan Callahan, and the rumors have surrounded him and the Rangers for quite some time now.
Rangers’ GM Glen Sather publicly stated earlier this month that if he was going to move Callahan it would be before the Olympic break. However, some analysts still believe that Callahan is on the chopping block.
Other rumors of possible Ranger trades include deals to move the Rangers’ other big time unrestricted free agent, defenseman Dan Girardi, however many still believe that Callahan is more likely to be moved.
With the Rangers starting back up on Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks, only time will tell if the Rangers make a move to deal either of their big name players.
The Rangers were on a roll before the Olympic break started, and much of that can be attributed to the continued leadership and contributions of both Girardi and Callahan. If the Rangers are going to continue their hot streak through the rest of the season and beyond into the playoffs, those two players are going to have to play a crucial part in their success — leading many to believe that neither player will be dealt at the trade deadline.
Look for the Rangers to make a minor trade deal, if any, that involves minor league players or draft picks for a third or fourth-line forward. At this point in the season, keeping with their success before the break, no big deals need to be made in New York.