The Olympic break's roster freeze officially came to an end Sunday and rumors are already beginning to swirl around the league. With the trade deadline only seven days away, fans should expect a decent shake-up within the league by next Wednesday.
Plenty of high-profile athletes are expected to be on the move within the next week, including a pair of New York Rangers.
According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, defenseman Dan Girardi has been negotiating his contract with his current team, but both sides have yet to find any common ground. The talk surrounding him, however, has been greatly overshadowed by the status of fellow teammate Ryan Callahan.
TSN's Darren Dreger reported that the Blueshirts' captain has been asking for a hefty sum somewhere between $6.5 and $7 million annually over the course of seven years.
If this is the case, then Callahan could be on the move before the Rangers' game against the Maple Leafs next week.
Dreger stated on Tuesday there is a “99 percent” chance that Callahan is going to be traded by the March 5 deadline.
NYR haven't, during OLY break, made any appreciable progress on new contracts for Ryan Callahan or Dan Girardi. Term still an issue on both.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 23, 2014
According to CBS New York’s Boomer Esiason, one possible landing spot for the 28-year-old winger is Tampa Bay. Esiason believes the Lightning are willing to trade leading scorer Martin St. Louis for Callahan in a straight-up deal. This could prove to be false due to the fact that St. Louis is 38 years old and Callahan is in the prime of his career. Maybe a higher draft pick could level the playing field.
The Thomas Vanek saga continues this week, as he still hasn’t found a permanent home. Earlier this year, the Buffalo Sabres traded Vanek to the New York Islanders for a package headlined by Matt Moulson.
In early February, McKenzie revealed that Vanek refused to sign a long-term deal with the Islanders. Vanek will look to test the free-agency market if he is not traded by the deadline.
McKenzie also said either the Los Angeles Kings or Pittsburgh Penguins will try to make a move for the Austrian winger in hopes of using him to make a deep playoff push.
Buffalo’s Ryan Miller may be looking to get out of town too.
On Tuesday, Sabres general manager Tim Murray told reporters that he is looking to “pursue a proper trade” for the goaltender.
CBSSports.com's Brad Stubits believes a possible landing spot for the former Vezina Trophy winner and Olympic silver medalist is Minnesota. The Wild have a terrific netminder in Josh Harding, but due to career-long medical troubles, the goalie has been on and off the injured reserve list over the past few seasons.
Miller's outstanding .923 save percentage makes him a prime target.
The prospect of the 30-year-old between the pipes with Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and Mikko Koivu in front of him is almost scary to think about for Western Conference teams.
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