NHL Deadline Mayhem: Rangers Trade Callahan for St. Louis


st-louis-rangers-uspDELINE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES – Trade deadline day came and went in the NHL on Wednesday. Some players we thought would move stayed put and some players we thought would stay put, were shipped to far-away locales. It was an interesting and somewhat surprising day.
The big news at The Garden was the trade that sent Rangers captain Ryan Callahan to the Tampa Bay Lightning in return for a 38-year-old French points machine by the name of Martin St. Louis. Callahan is an unrestricted free agent after this season, so chances are that the Lightning are only renting him until the end of the season. But for their trouble, Tampa also acquired two draft picks from the Rangers in the trade. A second rounder this year and next years first rounder. Coming up on the 3pm deadline on Wednesday it looked like Callahan would re-sign with the Rangers. The two sides seemed to be pretty close to a deal. But things fell apart, as they often do, and the trade was made.

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Rangers get a proven goal scorer in St Louis… It’s a move that New York is looking for instant gratification with a deep playoff push this season. St. Louis is under contract through the end of next season, when he will be nigh on 40 years old. On Broadway, he’ll be paired with his old pal Brad Richards. The two won a Stanley Cup together in Tampa a decade ago. The hope is that their magic repeats itself here…

I was thinking that the Rangers should try to coax Petr Nedved out of his plush Eastern European third class hockey gig to come play with Richards and St Louis on the oldest line in hockey. Another route the Rangers could go is play a line of St Louis, Mats Zuccarello and Derek Dorsett, which would surely be the shortest line in the NHL. We could call them the Three Mousketeers.


I’m still not sure how I feel about the trade. I like Callahan and I didn’t want to see him go, but I wasn’t in love with the prospect of taking a $6M+ cap hit for the next six or seven years for a grinder that is already showing signs of wear and tear. Callahan’s style of play isn’t conducive to longevity and I don’t think there will be many teams willing to give him the years and money that he wants… or even that the Rangers had on the table. St Louis is a proven goalscorer and has always been a Rangers killer. The Blueshirts went with the old Yankees method of acquiring players that play well against you. Hopefully, it pays off and St Louis and Richards can rekindle that old magic.

HobbitWith the draft picks the Rangers threw into the trade, the Lightning come out ahead on this deal. They get the $5M+ that St Louis is owed next season off of the books and they get to restock the system with a couple of extra early round draft picks the next couple of seasons. The Rangers won’t mind as long as they get deep into the playoffs this year and next. Things got off to an inauspicious start Wednesday night as the Rangers lost at home in overtime to the Maple Leafs with St Louis making his Garden debut. Hopefully the Blueshirts do better tonight in Carolina.

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  • Gump Worsley

    Marty St Louis has the hockey heart of a much bigger man but he was publicly pouting about Yzerman leaving him off Team Canada. That’s the French in him and is the exact opposite of Captain Callie. Under the circumstances it was good fie both teams.

    • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

      Sometimes we can’t see trees despite the Forrest, Gump… or something like that.

  • FakeSandyAlderson

    A rare smart move by the “brain trust” at MSG? Stevie Y is a dick, so criticizing St Louis for his problems with him are off base. A good gamble here.

    • ToughGuy5

      Yzerman got a player that is much younger back and now has some cash to offer him. Callahan is tough and Yzerman was tough. Dick or not, he fleeced Sather.

      • Junoir Blaber

        Yze never liked St. Louis. He was not a guy he would grab a drink with. Now he has a kid he likes in Callie and can add two more picks. For the Rangers, once the deal fell through they said we might as well get something for him. Like Diff said, a grinder has less shelf life than a scorer. Doubt Callie will be playing at age 38.

        • Different Matt

          If he is playing at 38, it won’t be the way he plays now. There’s only so many times you can get hurt before you think better of getting down to block a Chara clapper from the point.

          • Cute girl

            Eh, age is just a number

          • Different Matt

            …But some numbers are better than others…

        • Llyod Lindsay Young

          St. Louis sucks. The town shuts down at midnight. But it’s better than Detroit so Yzerman should just shut up.

          • Different Matt

            Glad you have the Spirit of St. Louis, Double-L.

          • Matt’s Friend John

            I’m worried about Wednesday!!!

          • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

            We miss you Lloyd!

        • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

          Not that we would ever publicly question your theories, JB, but where in blazes did you read about them not grabbing drinks? Are you “Yze” buddies???

  • AngryWard

    Is that Petr Nedved or Herb Alpert?

    • toby12

      How about Ziefried or Roy?

  • http://rugbywrapup.com/ RugbyWrapUp

    Hockey players don’t age as fast because of the ice.

    • Cookies Corner

      Their teeth do about five times as fast. Rugby players too for that matter. Poster Girl = Martha Rae.

      • jgclancy

        Whats’s rugby?

  • DJ Eberle

    Tampa certainly could of used Martin St. Louis last night against the Sabres!

  • Metsie

    Keith Hernandez just brought up Mitch Miller and said follow the bouncing ball.

  • Cheesybruin

    The additional picks are a steep price to pay for a 38-year old player. And Callahan isn’t worth a dime over $4M per. This trade almost smells like Vanek for Moulson which I said was trouble from the word go!

  • jgclancy

    Question of the Day- How many people think Taco Bell’s Waffle taco is a good idea?

    • Cheesybruin

      Thumbs down, Almighty Yim!
      You’ll love the brain child I’m working on for Sunday, though.

      • jgclancy

        That’s two NO’s (including me) I will anticipate Sunday’s column more than the debut of the waffle taco too!

  • GrindingAx

    Better late than never…Sather is an idiot. Callahan exudes heart. The Rangers are void of heart without him. Another dumb move by the man who drove Messier out of MSG.
    Apologize to Messier, fire Sather and bring JD back to NYC as GM.
    Definition of Insanity…….

  • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

    Thanks for that… Interesting perspective. Here’s another from Deadspin:

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