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New York Rangers forwards Ryan Callahan, Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin.
The Columbus Blue Jackets could very well be interested in New York Rangers forward Ryan Callahan, according to FanSided’s Michael Straw.
Callahan is incredibly versatile and can fit on almost any line and both special teams. The fact that the two teams have partnered up for two significant deals (Rick Nash and Marian Gaborik being the main pieces in each) over the last two seasons only adds fuel to the fire.
Of course, as each of those trades have proven, just because the two teams can trade, doesn’t mean that they should.
After scoring 42 points in 44 games in 2013 with the Rangers, Nash is at risk of posting his lowest points total since his rookie year (39) this season. By the same token, Gaborik has been a bust almost since the get-go with just 31 points in 53 total games in Columbus.
Callahan, meanwhile, doesn’t have nearly as much upside as either one.
A right-winger, Callahan would only really fit on the side at which Columbus is the deepest (both Marian Gaborik and Nathan Horton are natural right-wingers). And, seeing as he will be an unrestricted free agent and is reportedly seeking a $7 million per year, according to ESPN’s Katie Strang, it would be unlikely that Columbus would be able to keep him past this season.
And, with him having recently surfaced in trade rumors for perennial top 10 scorer Martin St. Louis, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, it’s also becoming increasingly unlikely Columbus would even be able to afford him.