The Rangers reportedly sought a Ryan Callahan-for-Martin St. Louis swap, plus the latest on Thomas Vanek, Mike Cammalleri and Steve Ott.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks cites sources claiming New York Rangers GM Glen Sather inquired about a potential swap of captains with the Tampa Bay Lightning in the wake of Martin St. Louis’ initial exclusion from Canada’s men’s Olympic team. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman reportedly had no interest in swapping his captain for a rental player. Sather wasn’t willing to send the Lightning young players, draft picks and/or prospects to land St. Louis, who has a full no-movement clause. His contract runs through 2014-15 at a cap hit of $5.625 million. Brooks also reports the Rangers contract talks with Callahan and Dan Girardi appear to be at a stalemate, and it’s believed he’s willing to shop them rather than lose them for nothing this summer to free agency.
TVASPORTS.COM: cited Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos’ claim that St. Louis asked to be dealt after he was initially left off Team Canada. Kypreos says he’s told some NHL GMs aren’t sure if St. Louis still feels the same way.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I find the timing of this rumor odd, coming over a month after the initial announcement of the Canadian roster and less than 24 hours after Canada’s Olympic men’s hockey team won gold. I have my doubts that St. Louis would demand a trade because of his initial exclusion from Team Canada. I’m sure he wasn’t pleased at the time, and I could certainly see him speaking with Lightning GM Steve Yzerman (who was also GM of Team Canada) about it. I also wouldn’t be surprised if rival GMs would try to exploit the situation by inquiring about his availability. Hopefully we’ll learn more about this in the coming days.
NEW YORK POST: Brett Cyrgalis reports it’s inevitable the New York Islanders will deal Thomas Vanek by the March 5 trade deadline. It’s believed the Islanders asking price is a first along with a second round pick or top prospect.
CALGARY SUN: Wes Gilbertson lists the Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins as possible destinations for Calgary Flames winger Mike Cammalleri, and didn’t rule out his re-signing with the Flames.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Ducks are rumored to be more interested in adding an experienced shutdown defenseman than a scoring winger. The Kings have limited cap space meaning the Flames would have to take some salary back in the deal. The Devils and Penguins reportedly have interest in Cammalleri but the asking price (a high draft pick or a good young player) could be more than they wish to pay. The Penguins also have to ensure they have the cap space to pick up the remainder of his salary. As for the Flames, Cammalleri will have to accept a significant pay cut from his current $6 million per season to remain in the Stampede City.
BUFFALO NEWS: John Vogl reports Sabres captain Steve Ott wants to stay but he’s yet to have contract talks with new management. He’s eligible for UFA status in July.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sabres could be waiting to see what offers they get for Ott. If they don’t get anything worthwhile by the trade deadline, they could open contract talks by season’s end.