After the Olympic roster freeze was officially over earlier this week, the trade deadline rumors surrounding the New York Rangers have been out of control. Not saying that the rumors about the Rangers are not true, just that they have been the main focus throughout the NHL.
Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi, Brian Boyle and now even Derek Stepan have all been linked to serious trade discussions in the never-ending swirling rumors surrounding the Rangers. If all of these rumors come to fruition then this Rangers team will look extremely different by the end of the trade deadline, which is now less than a week away on March 5.
Callahan, the Rangers’ captain, has been linked to trade rumors surrounding the Tampa Bay Lightning captain Martin St. Louis. A captain for captain swap does not happen all that often, but when Callahan and his agent are unwilling to comprise on a contract extension and St. Louis publicly says he wants out of Tampa and would only waive his no trade clause to go to the Rangers, people start to talk.
Boyle has been said to be on the move for the Rangers for quite some time, even going back to last season. While I doubt he will be traded, because it seems like he never is, the Rangers are eying veteran tough guy Steve Ott from the Buffalo Sabres. So if I had to guess, I would assume Boyle would be in some type of a deal like that.
Stepan, a new comer to the Rangers’ trade speculation, is now being linked to rejoining the Rangers’ previous head coach, John Tortorella, now head coach of the Vancouver Canucks, for forward Ryan Kesler. Kesler is said to not get along with Tortorella but is also known to not have gotten along with his former head coach, now coach of the Rangers, Alain Vigneault either. Stepan has been having a below average season for the Rangers, but so is Kesler. I honestly do not think this trade will happen, but I have to mention it because the rumor is out there.
While these are just rumors and speculation, it is a fact that Rangers GM Glen Sather wants to move Callahan and others in order to give Vigneault the players he needs to fit his offensive minded system. I highly doubt all of the players mentioned will be traded, but with all this trade talk you have to assume at least some of it is true. And if some of it is indeed true, then the Rangers could look extremely different real soon.