Ryan Callahan’s agent, Steve Bartlett, said in an e-mail to Pat Leonard of the Daily News that he's had “a couple discussions” with the Rangers in the past 24 hours but that there was “nothing more to report” other than they've touched base.
In related news, Katie Strang at ESPN.com says the Rangers and Dan Girardi’s camp have been in discussions over the past week and a half and the lines of communication remain open.
However, Larry Brooks at the New York Post adds that while the two sides were believed “close” to an agreement for a couple of weeks, talks the last few days seem to have hit a roadblock.
…if nothing else, at least all sides are talking. Now, they could be discussing possible trade scenarios, but it's better than hearing it's radio silence.
Meanwhile, the rumor mill continues to churn as Darren Dreger discussed Callahan's trade value on TSN radio this afternoon noting that for the Rangers to land Martin St. Louis they'd likely have to also include Chris Kreider or Derek Stepan along with the Rangers captain.
…the only thing more ridiculous than giving Callahan $7 million per year is sending him along with Kreider or Stepan to Tampa for St. Louis.
…keep in mind that Dreger was neither confirming nor denying that Tampa has requested Kreider or Stepan, but merely stating that Callahan alone is not enough to land St. Louis.
The Callahan rumors don't end there as Pierre LeBrun at ESPN.com notes that the St. Louis Blues have been connected to Callahan. While Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Sun takes it a step further by re-visiting the Callahan for Chris Stewart trade.
…there's obviously a Callahan/Blues link, so don't think for a second that Backes and Oshie haven't been lobbying St. Louis management to acquire their Team USA teammate.
…if Sather is able to bring back Stewart and a first round pick for Callahan from the Blues, I'd be more than ok with it.
On the Ryan Kesler front, Brooks notes that Sather is expected to check in on the availability of the Vancouver center despite a reported rift between him and Alain Vigneault from their Canucks days. Brooks does add that sources have indicated there's no substantial or outstanding issues between the men despite those reports.
Kesler, who may have broken his hand dring the Olympics, does have a complete no trade clause.
Initial reports stated that Kesler wanted out of Vancouver, but he has since denied those rumors.
…you have to figure Torts would love to have Callahan back on his team, so if there really aren't any lingering issues between Kesler and Vigneault, this could be a good match. Although, as some have pointed out in the comments section, if you're down on Callahan because of his propensity to be injured, be prepared to feel the same way towards Kesler.
Finally, Craig Custance at ESPN.com says if the Capitals are looking to make a bold move at the trade deadline they should go after Girardi.
…Girardi for Carlson?