Brooks: Rangers Plan on Dealing Callahan, Have Discussed St. Louis

Larry Brooks reports that the Rangers appear intent on trading Ryan Callahan, as they have not made any traction on a new contract. Brooks reports that the negotiations are on the same place they were weeks ago — with the Rangers offering about $6 million per for 5 seasons and Callahan asking for approximately $6.75 million for 7 years.

Brooks also reports that Martin St. Louis’ name has been “in and out of play” with the Rangers since he was originally snubbed from Team Canada by, among others, his Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman. For trade talks that have been apparently been going on for a month and a half, there sure has been very little buzz until this weekend. Further, Brooks mentions that the Rangers have inquired about a possible St. Louis-for-Callahan trade, but the Lightning are not interested in trading St. Louis for a rental, and are not interested in approaching Callahan’s asking price. Brooks also notes the Rangers aren’t willing to trade the requires package of players, prospects and picks to the Lightning, making me wonder if it might make sense to get a third team involved.

St. Louis, 38, is signed through next season at a cap hit of $5.625 million, with a no-movement clause.

It’s becoming more and more apparent that it was St. Louis was the player Boomer Esiason was tweeting about yesterday. On Friday, Boomer said:

UPDATE: Nick Kypreos reports that Martin St. Louis did ask for a trade once he was left off Team Canada.

Brooks also reports that no progress has been made with Dan Girardi, despite the reported narrow gap in their offers. He reports Girardi is asking for approximately $5.75 million for 6 years. Bob McKenzie reported earlier today that the two sides are haggling over term.

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